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Mussolini

His Part in My Downfall
Narrated by: Spike Milligan
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

A voice is calling across the land, "Bombardier Milligan."

"Bombadier Milligan is dead," I replied in a disguised voice.

The voice replied, "Then he's going to miss his breakfast."

The fourth volume of Spike Milligan's legendary account of his time in the army during World War Two begins as he and his regiment land in sunny Italy in 1943 ("The ship touched the beach very gently, so gently I suspect it's not insured").

After a bout of sandfly fever, from which he soon recovers ("I'm ready to be killed again"), our plucky hero is piddled on by a farm dog ("Mussolini's revenge?") before forging his way inland towards the enemy and the sound of guns ("We're getting near civilization"), where matters suddenly take a dark turn ("I was not really me any more")....

©2016 Spike Milligan (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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great book

Laugh so much at times I was crying, be warned try not to be driving.

It's quite sad at times with how Spike suffered with the shell shock.

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brilliant

Spike Milligans accounts of WWII are some of the most humorous and harrowing that I have had the pleasure to enjoy. The fact that it is Spike reading the audio book greatly adds to the experiance

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Spike Milligan, s war account

Honest account of time served in the war, with the added humour of Spike throw in. Unbelievable what people went through to defend us!

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Spike's homage to the British "Squaddy" !

In this Spike continues to relate his experience of serving in the Royal Artillery during World War Two.
War is Hell, and while Spike never fails to reflect its realities,in this he reveals the 'Secret' weapon that ensured that Britain would prevail,The Indestructible appreciation of the rediculous!
It's not simply 'a sense of humour' (as it's not always 'funny') but a far broader and deeper respect and appreciation of Life and all its joys,challenges,progression and inevitable end.For many 'War' condenses this and brings with it a perspective and experience that never leaves them and often brings about profound changes.
Should anyone wish to understand what kept 'Great Britain' not only taking the blows,but 'Standing it's Ground' and fighting back,its all here in the brilliant series of War diaries that only Spike could have written!

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Laugh and cry out loud book

I have loved spike since I was a kid and read all his books , and as a audio book he never disappoints. If you’re a fan you’re going to love it and some may say that it is not the best, but you have to remember that they all have a story to tell and that this story is his, Spikes, it’s not a piece of fiction but what happened to him in the war, cry and laugh but remember that it happened and try and put yourself in his place and how you would have dealt with it and then write it down....

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Milligain

I've long loved Spike Milligan, since I first read a rather old and very battered copy of a compilation of his short works. Hearing him recount the experiences that shaped or ended so many lives is an amazing thing. To hear him laugh at the hijinks and then try to account for entire days missing is heartbreaking.

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war memoirs continued

Another instalment from Spike and his memories from WW2.
Spike's humour shows through in the face of adversity.

enjoyable book, Recommended

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Very funny but poorly read

Spike Milligan has always been a very funny man. Even after the war he remained a very funny man and this book proves his talent for humour even to the point where one can hear him trying not to laugh at his own text. However, I’d say somebody else should have been allowed to read the text. His voice sounds old as he’s reading it and the saliva in his mouth which can be heard dripping is off-putting. sentences are slurred or tend to bleed in to one another. That apart the book was very good.

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Wonderfully funny and poignant,and none PC

wonderfully none PC ,written without regard for the thought police that we are now all plagued with

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Utterly brilliant

There will never be another Spine Millington. God bless him and his mad Irish piles.