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  • Lancaster

  • The Making of a Very British Legend
  • 著者: John Nichol
  • ナレーター: Andrew Wincott
  • 再生時間: 16 時間 12 分
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"The epic story of an iconic aircraft and the breathtaking courage of those who flew her." (Andy McNab, best-selling author of Bravo Two Zero)

"Compelling, thrilling and rooted in quite extraordinary human drama." (James Holland, author of Normandy 44)

あらすじ・解説

From John Nichol, the Sunday Times best-selling author of Spitfire, comes a passionate and profoundly moving tribute to the Lancaster bomber, its heroic crews and the men and women who kept her airborne during the country's greatest hour of need.

The Avro Lancaster is an aviation icon; revered, romanticised, loved. Without her, and the bravery of those who flew her, the freedom we enjoy today would not exist.

Sir Arthur Harris, the controversial Chief of Royal Air Force Bomber Command, described the Lancaster as his 'shining sword' and the 'greatest single factor in winning the war'. RAF bomber squadrons carried out offensive operations from the first day of the Second World War until the very last, more than five and a half years later. They flew nearly 300,000 sorties and dropped around a million tons of explosives, as well as life-saving supplies. More than 10,000 of their aircraft never returned. Of the 7,377 Lancasters built during the conflict, more than half were lost to enemy action or training accidents.

The human cost was staggering. Of the 125,000 men who served in Bomber Command, more than 55,000 were killed and another 8,400 were wounded. Some 10,000 survived being shot down only to become prisoners of war. In simple, brutal terms, Harris' aircrew had only a 40 per cent chance of surviving the war unscathed.

Former RAF Tornado Navigator, Gulf War veteran and best-selling author John Nichol now tells the inspiring and moving story of this legendary aircraft that took the fight deep into the heart of Nazi Germany.

©2020 John Nichol (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Slowhand
  • 2020/06/27

Not enough about the actual aircraft

I was expecting more about the design, development and technical aspects of the Lancaster. This ubiquitous habit of narrators reading anecdotes (and selected proper nouns) in the accent they believe appropriate becomes more irritating with every chapter. Why apply accents to audio books, we don't apply them when we read?

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020/11/10

Poor reading spoilt a good story

The reader spoilt this book for me. It's a good story about an interesting plane, but at times the voice was very over-dramatic, relishing the drama, fear and horror of the crews in a parody of a Hammer Horror movie. Nor did I like the accents the reader put on. None of this was necessary, and I felt at times like saying "just read the damn book!"

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Richard Dolan
  • 2020/09/28

Beautifully written, terrible narration

A lovely book with some wonderful stories and detail. So very sad that the narration very nearly stopped me listening. There was absolutely no need to use accents and voice tones. Basically spoilt a good book.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jon
  • 2020/07/22

Excellent

Many RAF bomber crew have been reticent about recounting their experiences. Lots just wanted to get on with their lives after they had made it through alive. The attrition rate of bomber crew was shocking, as much as 30% on some raids. So many of the survivors found that compartmentalising that part of their lives was the only way to move on, as the weight of the loss of friends and comrades was too much. John Nichol was also a RAF navigator who was shot down over Iraq and tortured by his captors. What is clear right away from Nichol's book is that WW2 survivors are far more prepared to candid and honest with a man who has 'been there too' than another author. The stories of the men who fought and the women who loved and supported them sometimes brought tears to my eyes. Nichol should be congratulated for also included the previously overlooked contribution of black RAF flight crew in his book. Their contribution has of the 500 West Indian flight crew had been 'whitewashed' out of history and popular culture. I found the story of Guyanese RAF navigator Cy Grant particularly interesting. Shot down on his third mission Grant after evading capture finally ended up in the POW camps where the wooden horse and the Great Escape took place. Thoroughly recommended!

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Colliedog
  • 2020/07/29

Overacted!

John Nichol has clearly done a lot of research and the stories are compelling. I found listening to it rather difficult because Andrew Wincott (Adam from The Archers) was just trying too hard. Not all actors are good readers. Nevertheless a nuanced insight into the reality of life for bomber crews in WW2 and, to a lesser degree, the lives and deaths of their victims.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • James Baxter
  • 2021/03/08

Simply breathtaking, a must!

Absolutely loved this book, the narration was superb, I cried and cheered throughout, really brought home the feeling of the time. Would definitely recommend!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ralph
  • 2020/10/27

Lest we Forget...

Thank you John, beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. One book you will not put down.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2022/01/10

A wonderful story

A moving and vivid story of the Lancaster crews, who all must be remembered forever, God Bless them all.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/10/03

The best audiobook I've had so far!

Absolutely tremendous story and told splendidly. A truly fantastic tribute to Bomber Command. Per Ardua.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021/09/29

Emotionally charged listen

Another outstanding book. The content was top notch. The only complaint is for the person reading the book. Whilst it was generally OK there were a lot of mouth noises which was at points quite distracting from the content.

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Simon Sproull
  • 2021/06/13

Wanted more

Was hoping for some information (Technical) on the "Lancaster" aircraft. The sorties are compelling but blur as the book & war goes on. Not as good as Leo McKinstry's "Spitfire"