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Adolf Hitler

My Part in His Downfall
Narrated by: Spike Milligan
Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
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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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Gorgeous

What made the experience of listening to Adolf Hitler the most enjoyable?

Spike's performance reading his own memoirs is fabulous.

What did you like best about this story?

The personal aspects are truly touching and the zany humour is always close to the surface.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was very easy to listen to this in one sitting.

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The value for money of these books is not good. There are 7 books in the series. each rated at "1 credit". This book is less than 3.5 hours long, which makes it one of the most expensive books I have bought on Audible. I have bought single books longer than all 7 volumes. These should have been bundled.

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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.

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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.

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I listened to this book a LOT

I'm a huge fan of spike Milligan and this series of books is epic gets darker but never less funny

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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!

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Comedy Genius

When I was a child my grandfather, who also served in the war, used to read from these books and he'd often have to stop as tears of laughter rolled down his face. Mixed, I always suspected, with tears of sadness. Spike doesn't pull his punches here. War is brutal. It's scary. But most of all it's utterly absurd.

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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.

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Funny, poignant & insightful

Spike & his mates were there real deal, full on fighting soldiers. They used music, mainly, to help pass the time but Military humour filled in the gaps and blanked out the boredom and painful experiences. It's also a record of real folk in war time and I think an important memoir by any standard. I first read this book 42 years ago, listening to Spike tell his story is very special.

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Mad and True!

Laughed my head off, being ex army helped me understand Spikes humour, though being ex army is not a prerequisite, mad and true, why should Britain tremble.

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fantastic <br />

very easy listening Spike was a true genius would recommend this book to anyone FANTASTIC

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  • 17-08-17

Beautiful Spike

How wonderful to have one of Spikes best known books read by himself. It can't get better than that. He wrote in a conversational style - his style, so to have him read it is a good match. He is my favourite nut of all, bar none.

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  • Nedieh Red Nav
  • 04-07-18

Typical Spike funny

Full of little word plays and laughs. Quite funny but spoken too quickly by Spike.