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Summary

Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade which seriously blots his Halberdier copybook.

Men at Arms is the first book in Waugh’s brilliant trilogy, Sword of Honour, which chronicles the fortunes of Guy Crouchback.

©1952 Evelyn Waugh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Wonderful performance of a wonderful book

If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

Class, loyalty, misunderstandings.

Have you listened to any of Christian Rodska’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I remember him from radio & T.V. He sounded completely authentic with all the many & varied accents without losing any of the drama or meaning. Really impressive!

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

No, I wanted to perpetuate it.

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An old favourite enhanced by good reading.

Christian Rodska does a splendid job performing Evelyn Waugh's trilogy, with "Brideshead Revisited" his best books by far. CR sounds quite different from his Falco persona! (Was desperately missed from that series.)He gives a wide range of voices and accents, even in French, although Italian pronunciation off once or twice.
The humour and absurdity of Guy's wartime experiences offset Waugh's intrinsic snobbery and fogeyism, and Guy in any case is more sympathetic than his creator was alleged to be - Waugh, not the Almighty!)

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  • GERRARDS CROSS Buckinghamshire
  • 01-02-18

First of this classic trilogy

The first time I heard the sword of honour trilogy it was a heavily pared down version as a classic serial on bbc radio. (When the classic serial meant they were going to broadcast classics, alas never to be repeated for some reason).
This prompted me to read the books.
Now I have it on audio, this is a tale that can be listened to over and over and always find something new, something you missed the last time.
Brilliant.