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Adolf Hitler Audiobook

Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, written and read by Spike Milligan.

At Victoria station the R.T.O. gave me a travel warrant, a white feather and a picture of Hitler marked 'This is your enemy'. I searched every compartment, but he wasn't on the train....

In this, the first of Spike Milligan's uproarious recollections of life in the army, our hero takes us from the outbreak of war in 1939 ('it must have been something we said') through his attempts to avoid enlistment ('time for my appendicitis, I thought') and his gunner training in Bexhill ('there was one drawback. No ammunition') to the landing at Algiers in 1943 ('I closed my eyes and faced the sun. I fell down a hatchway').

Filled with bathos, pathos and gales of ribald laughter, this is a barely sane helping of military goonery and superlative Milliganese.

©2015 Spike Milligan (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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    Rob 20/06/2017
    Rob 20/06/2017

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    "Authors should not read their own books"
    Would you try another book written by Spike Milligan or narrated by Spike Milligan?

    No - there are several more in this series, but I won't be buying them


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adolf Hitler?

    What were memorable moments in the book as read were not memorable in the recitation ... very little really caught my attention, except the annoyance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Authors should not read their own books; Milligan's presentation was marred by too much 'Goonism'; sniggering before a funny story - telegraphing that it was a funny story. Breathless recitation of anecdote as he tried to suppress his own laughter at stories which were funnier to him than me as audience.


    Was Adolf Hitler worth the listening time?

    Not really, I persevered because i had no internet access to download another book


    Any additional comments?

    I know from experience with others that I find authors reading their own work a distraction from the work; I had hoped for better; I was disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • ReadingWild
    England
    3/05/16
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    "You just don't get better"

    I won these books as part of my school leavers achievement award - everybody asked for record tokens - back in 1984 and to hear these wise-cracking books read by their incredible author is just bliss, hearing him crack up at his own jokes is a delight and reminds me how much richer we were with a Spike around, brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M. Hunter
    London
    23/02/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Love the way Spike cracks up at his own reminiscences. Seeing as you're cracking up at the same time it feels like you're sharing the joke between you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey Melville
    27/06/16
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    "A touching but funny look WW2"

    One of favourite books of all time.
    touching with all the wit and charm of a true comedy genius.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    30/05/16
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    "It's war but not as we know it!"

    I've read the book, but actually listening to Spike brought it to life.
    There was only one Spike Milligan and this book gives you a great insight into his early life as a soldier. Full of Milligan wit, it also shows us his solemn side.
    Vivid memories come to life leaving you with a mental picture of his every move.
    How the hell did we win the war!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David L. Smith
    Wales UK
    4/03/16
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    "Praise from a lifelong Goons fan"

    I was brought up with the Goons and am addicted to their humour. This audio book is just great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • tails
    9/02/16
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    "well done Spike"

    loved it read these books many years ago but its great to hear Spike read them

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    1/07/17
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    "Comic genius strikes again."

    What can be said about Spike? The founding father of postwar British Comedy is at his usual brilliant irreverent best. Can't dwait to listen to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Hammond
    7/05/17
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    "I loved the book but"

    I loved the book but hearing it from spike just made it feel more real

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    5/04/17
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    "dry, but hilarious"

    Can't wait to listen to the next installment, non stop one liners from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Webby
    London, UK
    7/03/17
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    "Wonderful"

    Not a dull moment, but riddled with his customary thoughtfulness, pathos, and humour. Best thing on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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