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Spitfire

A Very British Love Story
Lu par : Andrew Wincott
Durée : 15 h et 57 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, Military

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The Sunday Times nonfiction best seller. 

Achtung, Spitfire!

The iconic Spitfire found fame during the darkest early days of World War II. But what happened to the redoubtable fighter and its crews beyond the Battle of Britain, and why is it still so loved today?

In late spring 1940, Nazi Germany’s domination of Europe looked unstoppable. With the British Isles in easy reach since the fall of France, Adolf Hitler was convinced that Great Britain would be defeated in the skies over her southern coast, confident his Messerschmitts and Heinkels would outclass anything the Royal Air Force threw at them. What Hitler hadn’t planned for was the agility and resilience of a marvel of British engineering that would quickly pass into legend - the Spitfire.

Best-selling author John Nichol’s passionate portrait of this magnificent fighter aircraft, its many innovations and updates and the people who flew and loved them carries the listener beyond the dogfights over Kent and Sussex. Spanning the full global reach of the Spitfire’s deployment during WWII, from Malta to North Africa and the Far East, then over the D-day beaches, it is always accessible, effortlessly entertaining and full of extraordinary spirit.

Here are edge-of-the-seat stories and heart-stopping firsthand accounts of battling pilots forced to bail out over occupied territory; of sacrifice and wartime love; of aristocratic female flyers; and of the mechanics who braved the Nazi onslaught to keep the aircraft in battle-ready condition. Nichol takes the listener on a hair-raising, nail-biting and moving wartime history of the iconic Spitfire populated by a cast of redoubtable, heroic characters that make you want to stand up and cheer.

©2018 John Nichol (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Critiques

"The best book you will ever read about Britain's greatest warplane." (Patrick Bishop, best-selling author of Fighter Boys)

"A rich and heartfelt tribute to this most iconic British machine. By focusing on the men (and women) who flew the Spitfire, John Nichol has brought a fresh and powerful perspective to the story. And by recording their bravery, humility, camaraderie, tragedy and sheer joy in flying their beloved Spits he has done them - and us - a valuable service." (Rowland White, best-selling author of Vulcan 607

"As the RAF marks its centenary, Nichol has created a thrilling and often moving tribute to some of its greatest heroes." (Jon Dennis, Mail on Sunday magazine)

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  • Voracious reader
  • 02/10/2019

Not the story but the teller

Narration is not easy. In this case its not very easy to listen to. The narrator has an expressive voice and it should all work but, he pauses in the oddest places. The narative style meant I jumped out of the story constantly. At one stage the narrator does an Australia accent which was ill advised. The story itself is 'alright' - lots of descriptions of dog fights which are reminiscent of a biggles book. A few years ago there was an excellent exhibition at the science museum on spitfires, which showed there is a fascinating story behind them. Unfortunately this book is not it.

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  • Alfred Alberti
  • 24/08/2019

Excellent all over!

Thrilling stories packed with facts and informations. That it is read by Andrew Wincott was one main reason to purchase this audiobook. He reads up to my highest expectations!