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Are our parents really who we think they are?

Drummer with The Police, Stewart Copeland, sets out to uncover the truth about his father, Miles Axe Copeland ll - musician, raconteur, international businessman... and, it turns out, secret CIA operative.

Going back to the 1940s to trace his father’s involvement in the birth of the CIA, Stewart enters a murky world of dictators and dirty tricks. He learns about his dad’s role in overthrowing governments, assassination plots, and befriending an infamous Soviet double agent.

Helped by his brother and sister, and those who knew his dad’s world of politics and espionage, Stewart investigates the impact his spy father had, both on their family and on the world.

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Revealing and interesting.

"My Dad the Spy" is a revealing and very interesting book. it involves you well.

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potrayingl history over a family nightcap

In the beginning I was going to put this book down. l had expected an unfolding of historical events from a spy's perspective but I was getting the life options of a musician and exotic experiences of a global family. I could find that in a tourist blog. But slowly the story turned and boy was I glad I did not put the book down. The author is not afraid to talk about the actions of CIA and their repercussions based on whatever truth he could find. He is not afraid that many of those truths don't put his country in a favorable light.

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  • pennyforthem
  • 02-08-20

Had to give up

Really interesting subject matter spoilt by the manner of narration and delivery. Stuart Copeland talks very fast is rather excitable and is overly focused on himself. I really wished his sister had been the narrator. She was calm and measured and a lot easier to listen to.

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  • Jennifer Benson
  • 31-07-20

very interesting

narrated through the perspective of the two sons and daughter, as they grew up in the middle East, calling on family friends and looking back with a critical eye at the once seemingly innocent life events with new information on their father's involvement in the CIA

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  • A. D. Bentley
  • 05-08-20

Mediocre insight into US meddling

Written and compiled by an American it is unwittingly peppered with touches of irritating exceptionalism. Even in the final chapter taking stock of the spy's role in the ME, there is never a vague consideration that US presence was anything but completely necessary - despite the disaster that their foreign policy still brings about to this day.

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  • D. Shuttle
  • 10-08-20

interesting family story and insight into ME

Well put together story that covered a lot of years and provided great insight into American influence in the middle east. Made good use of other sources to give other perspectives.

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  • Sweetestmoondust
  • 07-08-20

Amazing

Absolutely fabulous, loved hearing more about what happened. I knew a bit it was fascinating.

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  • Mr.
  • 13-09-20

Skewed, but honest nonetheless.

A really engaging story from an unusual perspective. Decent, human and to some degree critical. Mr Copeland is a great tale teller, and if he fails to follow the logic to declaring his father a villain, who can blame him?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-20

Brilliant and highly educational!

I loved this. The conclusion is rather naive or blinkered. Nevertheless it was definitely worth the listen.

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  • Lisa Garrard
  • 07-08-20

A Good Listen

Well told story and true, very enjoyable. Nice it is told through family so you get all sides of the person.

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  • Macstiv
  • 04-08-20

interesting insight

How well can you know a loved one that lives in the shadow of the espionage world. This is an inside view of what it's like to be a real 'spy kid's.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-20

Always good to learn more about this Maestro

I recently noticed how shy he is. You never hear the guy even laugh until maybe 2015, let alone cry, you really don’t. I have to listen to 4 hours of ‘My Dad The Spy’ on Audible. I already had an insight about how perhaps laughing or crying was forbidden due to his mother’s distress about daddy’s dangerous CIA occupation. Stewdaddy was like Spock, he would smile and crack jokes but never heard him laugh. I first heard him laugh in an interview he did somewhat recently. Maybe he feels he finally earned the right to laugh and cry again. I love him, period. So adorable he is now that he is more comfortable expressing his emotions and talking about feelings. I love watching him evolve into that handsome prince he always was, is, and always will be. Stewart, we love you to peaches....  

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-20

unquestioning respect for a parent and country...

a tale of unquestioning respect for a man who was not able to see the harm his actions and country caused

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  • Philip
  • 23-08-20

A surprisingly good listen

Stewart Copeland and his other family members create an endearing if sometimes quirky portrait of their father the CIA agent. Whether what he achieved was meaningful or rash will depend on your perspective but one must judge this from the era in which he lived. What was surprising was the important historical content the authors address and the remarkable number of social contacts their father had with major characters of his time. Certainly a life worth living and a life of privilege and context for his achieving offspring. I do rather envy them.

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  • law
  • 20-08-20

great story

really enjoyed, easy to listen to, and a curious look at the life and times of this family put in sick a unique situation

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  • Jen
  • 20-12-20

I should have stopped listening.

Concept sounded great but the actuality was far from expectation. The content could have been covered in a single episode, rather than rehashing or adding bits that didn't drive the narrative. Overall disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-20

Over produced and under cooked

Narrator invites contrary views to appear balanced but becomes defensive. Revisionist, apologist, myopic. Hard to finish when the back half was just attempts to rationalise everything

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  • Toni Stocks
  • 21-09-20

brilliant

loved it, I wish my dad was a spy after listening to this. Stewart Copeland has a great voice.

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  • Marian
  • 16-03-21

Thought provoking

Loved this series and learning about what it was like realising your Dad was a Spy! Light hearted in parts yet thought provoking as questions are raised as to true motives of USA.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-02-21

So interesting to learn about steward Copeland from a different perspective

I m just a massive fan of steward because of his drumming in the Police. I am - drummer too and he is one of my main influence. I want to learn more about his personal life to understand where did he get his musical influences from. This audiobook was a great fun to listen. High recommend all the Copeland fans out there to try it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-20

great read for the ears

a very interesting life for a family to do so much yet know so little.

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  • Andrew Meakin
  • 05-11-20

Very interesting, given today’s political climate.

It would be Hard to critically look at your dads life under the microscope.

Definitely worth a listen while waiting for your next credit.