The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

Jennet Conant, Author, Simon Prebble, Read by , read by Simon Prebble. HighBridge Audio $34.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59887-693-2

This carefully researched chronicle of Dahl’s WWII espionage ought to be more interesting than it is—the word “spy ring” suggests thrilling acts of derring-do, yet they never come. While occasionally intriguing, this is too frequently a dry collection of old gossip with too many tangents discussing minor characters, their real estate and their clothing. Simon Prebble reads creditably and distinctively, and his English accent is perfect for the subject. But even he can’t hold one’s attention in this excessively digressive, slowly paced academic work. It’s a pity, because this is a comprehensive look at a topic that most people probably know little about: England’s efforts to counter American isolationism. A Simon & Schuster hardcover (Reviews, June 9). (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 10/27/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Audio
Hardcover - 393 pages - 978-0-7432-9458-4
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-7432-9459-1
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-60640-629-8
Ebook - 416 pages - 978-1-4165-8032-4
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