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WILD BILL DONOVAN The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

by | Read by Johnny Heller

Biography & Memoir • 14.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2011

Those interested in the history of Donovan, the wartime OSS, and the WWII era in general will be drawn to this title, but for anyone else its appeal is uncertain. There’s much to be said about Donovan’s style of espionage and the story of the postwar birth of the CIA, but this ancestors-to-grave biography dissipates its energies. Furthermore, Johnny Heller doesn’t succeed in establishing a thread or an arc for his narration. He is quite effective whenever the action picks up and draws him, and the listener, in. But through the bulk of the text he falls back on the practiced rhythms of the professional narrator, often without regard to syntax and with a monotony that builds in the listener’s mind, chapter by chapter. Production values are high here, and this is still a title worth recommending. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2011]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2011

CD ISBN 9781452601663 $54.99 • Twelve CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781452651668 $34.99 • Two MP3-CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

 

Library Ed. • Tantor Media • 2011

CD ISBN 9781452631660 $119.99 • Twelve CDs

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