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  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 197

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Brilliant.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I felt at times I was actually in the aircraft with Flight Leftenant Geoffrey Wellam DFC. A marvelous account of what it took to be a frontline fighter pilot. God bless you Geoffrey, and all of your mates, those who died in battle, and those who so sadly died protecting our country.
We all owe an immense debt of gratitude to you, and ALL the fighter pilots that protected our island, and indeed the many other countries and islands that relied on young brave men like yourself. I would dearly like to meet you, and. shake your hand Sir. You and your brave heroic friends are what kept the Great in Great Britain. I sincerely hope you are with us and enjoying a calm and peaceful life with your family and friends.
God bless you Geoffrey Wellam RAF DFC.

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  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 871

A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

  • By David on 16-08-12

Exceptional throughout

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

An intimate but highly objective study of all the relevant and widely varied ingredients that make up the story of the Second World War. The author captures the whole story with great authority and attention to detail without dwelling on any one of thousands of parts that make up the whole story. A really intelligent and descriptive tale of the whole terrible story of World War Two. Well worth reading for anybody of any age and sure to become a work of authoritative reference for future study of this engrossing period of our past history. All credit to the author, I look forward to reading his further works.