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Beaufighter Boys

True Tales from Those Who Flew Bristol’s Mighty Twin
Narrated by: Shawn Compton
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Researched many years ago by the author for a project which did not come to fruition, Beaufighter air and ground crew gave freely of their stories which ranged from complete memoirs to brief anecdotes.

Graham Pitchfork has built on these reminiscences to trace the roles of Beaufighter squadrons spread across all the theaters of World War Two operations. From home bases, through north-west Europe, North Africa, Malta, and the Mediterranean to the far Far East and south-west Pacific, the Beaufighter served far and wide as did the crews of the RAF, RAAF, SAAF, and New Zealand and Canadian squadrons. All are covered in this quite unique book to be savored by all those interested in the war in the air from 1939-1945.

©2019 Graham Pitchfork (P)2019 Tantor

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Great story , performance , boot so much

The American accent of the narration is off putting when reading the first person accounts of the crews , all of whom were from the British Commonwealth . There were numerous glaring examples of mispronunciation giving the impression that the narrator was not familiar with his topic .

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A Good Book, ruined by terrible Narrator.

While the book itself was good; interesting and informative, the narrator was woeful, clearly without any knowledge or understanding of any aspect of the subject matter whatsoever, military, historical or geographical. Being an American only made it worse. Terrible.

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Unsuitable narrator

Surely Audiobooks can pick a narrator who has a bit of knowledge about his subject. When so much must go into the production of an audiobook, how can it be that a narrator is chosen who is so unsuitable for the book and has no idea what he is talking about. Woefull. Such a shame.

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  • Morton
  • 23-02-2020

Not up to the 'Boys series

I think it's disingenuous to use the 'Boys series' name here as it has a very different format. The Lightning Boys (etc.) series tells first-person stressful and humorous stories that go into detail and really let you feel that you are there. But this Beaufighter Boys book is very distant and gives only superficial accounts of combat, at best. For instance, it covers one navigator who fought in four combat theaters but rarely covers any encounter with passion; it's little more than a listing of the squadrons he served with and medals he earned. While impressive, I didn't really get any feeling for what his time in the cockpit was like. The author seems compelled to list all medals each aviator earned, which is impressive but when we know little about the encounters that earned these medals, they don't mean as much as they should. The narrator starts out like a computer-generated voice and clearly has no understanding of the material he is reading. He refers to a "zero point three zero three" machine gun... a what? Oh, you mean a three-oh-three? And encounters with the infamous Heinkel Three... the what? Oh good grief, you mean a Heinkel 111? No wonder he reads like a robot. Overall, I'm disappointed that this book gave me only a superficial appreciation of what is was actually like to fly in these aircraft.

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  • J. S. Andersonjs
  • 21-05-2020

Very poor !

Misprounuations abound in this badly told tale. Jumped itself to the last chapter and to be honest could not be bothered. I met a Beaufighter pilot a few years ago so the disappointment was all the more. Will look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2020

A spoilt story

I confess that I could not summon the enthusiasm to keep listening to this story. The extremely poor delivery from the narrator totally ruined the experience. I have never ever heard to many mispronunciations of aircraft names and European places ! So much so that the entire experience was spoilt I shall be returning the book for a credit

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  • Leigh Russell
  • 05-01-2020

A book that needed some love

I was looking forward to hearing this, but the narrator was barely one step up from a computer voice, monotone delivery, mispronounces especially in the first few chapters, sliding from subheadings to paragraphs without pause. The actual content is good, especially the bomber support, is it worthy of your time?....barely

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  • Mike
  • 01-01-2020

Great sory ruined by poor presentation

I'm pretty sure Graham Pitchfork did not approve this audio track. Continual mispronunciations of place names, equipment and even aircraft names, continually grate throughout this presentation.

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  • DRO
  • 30-05-2020

Excellent author and story appalling narration

An amazing story. I know the author and his books are invariably first rate The narration ruined the book I found myself trying to translate the mangled English into something understandable. This series is generally excellent too but, my goodness, this one pulls down the overall quality Do not listen. Read the book instead

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  • scrappy coco
  • 27-03-2020

read by a computer, soulless

firstly, my dad was beau pilot shipbusting. very much looked foreard to this. the story is great but totally ruined by it being tead by a computer generated voice. it mispronounces numerous words and just soulless. so dissappointed. am trying to get my money back as cannot stand to listen to that awful voice and so many mispronounced words. i cannot get into it at all. gutted.