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Biggles of the Camel Squadron

The Illustrated Biggles, the Classic British Hero 3
Narrated by: Chirag Patel
Series: Biggles Series
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

The classic boys adventure, with brand new illustrations by Rat Western.

Join the intrepid Captain Biggles, hero of the Royal Flying Corps, as he fights on the front line of World War I. The stories in this volume covers ambushes, disaster, mysteries and more than a few ridiculous stunts, all based on real-life events in the life of WE Johns. Fun for adventurers of all ages.

This book was the first mainstream outing for a classic British hero. Wry, brave, and with more than a little taste of absurdity and heroism, come join Biggles, Algy, and the Professor in a bygone era, when being British meant that even one’s enemies were to be treated with honour and nobility.

In this volume, Biggles, Algy, and the other pilots are at the front lines, towards the end of the war. Come along as they fly dangerous missions against zeppelins, airbases and fortified positions, hunt a dragon, get shot down and escape captivity, and more.

Includes: "The Professor"; "The Joy Ride"; "The Bridge Party"; "The Bottle Party"; "The Trap"; "The Funk"; "The Professor Comes Back", "The Great Arena"; "The Dragon's Lair"; "Biggles's Day Off"; and "Scotland For Ever!"

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2019 Chirag Patel

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Cringe worthy narration makes classic unlistenable

Absolutely awful narration. I love Biggles stories, but the chap reading this is not a natural narrator by any stretch of the imagination. Had to give up as couldn't enjoy any part of the listen.

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Destroyed by the narration

Destroyed by the narration- makes Capt biggles and co all sound like dribbling retards😹
(better to read)

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Good story but awful reader

The pace and the monotone used by the reader does the stories no justice. He makes the book dull and slow which the text does not match. Please dont use him again audible! I've listened to well over 300 books on here and this is only the second bad review I have ever had to leave for a narrator.

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Heartbroken... It’s ruined narration

I love these books, I grew up with them.

While I never really got much out of the non-WW1 books about Biggles.
By the authors own comment they tended to be for adolescent readers rather than the far older tone of the WW1 books.

I really love these books, so I was so pleased to find them starting to appear.

But the stereotype tone of the voicing the narrator puts on the characters is completely at odds with the behaviour and attitudes of the writers ‘voice’. Worse the the narration is just so grating - its a parody of 1900’s English rather than a stab at recreation.

I mean seriously we are talking about Dick Van Dyke Cockney level here - for the non-UK audience, its bad. Really really bad.

I haven’t managed to finish this recording, it just isn’t tolerable. Given how long its taken for to get anything for Biggles, its very disappointing.

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Good story

The book is as I remember and I enjoined it however the reading style is rather stilted and fails to flow in the same way as Biggles flies north dose.

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Great book somewhat marred by the narration

Oh dear, the narration is woeful, fortunately the work of Captain Johns makes up for it... just.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 11-11-19

Fun WWI History for Kids

This story is based on the real story Biggles, a pilot during WWI. My 14-year-old son listened to this one with me and he thought it was a lot of fun and each chapter was a different story. Stories like an adventure taking down zeppelins. The narrator has a nice accent and overall tone but he was a bit slow, so I would recommend changing the narration speed to 1.25x. A great history read for kids.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rayc
  • 28-10-19

From a different time.

Biggles of the Camel Squadron. ..
A very easy listen, Biggles books were young boys classics. Unfortunately time has not been kind to these stories. Time and style have moved on and these now feel shallow and dated, my grandchildren who listened to them with me weren't impressed or intrigued.
I didn't find them the rip-roaring tales of my childhood (over 50 years ago ).
However I am pleased to have listened to the audiobook and am very happy that it is preserved for the future.
Recommend it ?? If this is your genre then yes.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-19

Great story from my youth

I enjoyed this wonderful childhood story, but the narrator wasnt very keen on his job I realised.

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  • Matthew
  • 23-07-19

Great story but not the best narration

The story is of course, great. However the reader is VERY slow and stilted in his narration. However, if you listen to the story at about 1.5x the normal speed it isn't too bad