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The Guns of Navarone

Narrated by: Toby Stephens
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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It is 1943. Two huge German guns in the grim, impregnable fortress on a huge beautiful island off the coast of Turkey are having a devastating impact on Allied shipping and preventing the evacuation of hard-pressed British troops from the nearby island of Kheros. The Germans are poised to overrun and unless the guns can be put out of action within a matter of days, a thousand men will die.

All previous attempts to attack the fortress of Navarone have failed. It is time for one last desperate throw of the dice. And so a select Subversive Operations commando unit, led by the famous pre-war mountaineer Captain Keith Mallory, launches a daring and very possibly suicidal raid.

This BBC Radio 2 dramatisation, starring Toby Stephens and Michael Williams, brings to exhilarating life one of the greatest adventure stories of World War II.

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Very good

This is an excellent bbc dramatisation. The story is entertaining and the casting is good.

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Dramatization NOT a book reading

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Toby Stephens?

I chose this book because I like Toby Stephens as a narrator. I should have checked the small print though because it is a dramatization, which I don't like, and a fairly clunky one at that. It still has Toby Stephens in the leading role, but even his talents are stretched against the sound effects and suspect Greek accent from other cast members.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

It is a great book (the film doesn't do it justice) which I would recommend to anyone. This dramatization isn't great, a straight reading by Toby Stephens would have been better.

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Pimpernal to Rhubarb.

Read this book a long time ago and have enjoyed the movie numerous times. The BBC have done an interesting adaptation of this story and have kept the main facets of McLean's tale, necessary I suppose, considering it has been condensed into just over two hours. There were some character differentiations, and changes to the original story which the listener might, or might not like, but overall the story delivered. The jury might be out on the choice of music, obviously Greek, but perhaps could have been better.

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Brilliant

Gripping from the start, well produced (bbc as always) great performances all round. Even if your not too into military themed things this is a great adaptation

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  • Michael P. Mcintire
  • 21-06-19

Readers digest version

Story choppy. Readers digest version. Not worth it. Great book. Lousy audible story Wait for better version

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  • DebAxia
  • 06-10-17

Excellent story!

Alistair MacLean did a wonderful job of writing a very entertaining story (so reliable of him - thank goodness!). And this dramatization was greatly entertaining to listen to! I particularly liked that it didn't veer from the written story.

I really enjoyed the movie version - even tho it varied from the book. My main complaint with the movie was that I didn't think there needed to be any extra drama between Mallory & Andreas ... being in a war and carrying out this mission was dramatic enough.

My thanks to the cast & producers for bringing this story to us. Your efforts are much appreciated!