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Summary

The classic World War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.

One winter night, seven men and a woman are parachuted onto a mountainside in wartime Germany. Their objective: an apparently inaccessible castle, headquarters of the Gestapo. Their mission: to rescue a crashed American general before the Nazi interrogators can force him to reveal secret D-day plans.

©2017 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2017 Alistair MacLean

Critic reviews

"A real humdinger. The best MacLean." ( Daily Mirror)
"There is a splendid audacity about Where Eagles Dare, in which a handful of British agents invade an 'impenetrable' Gestapo command post...MacLean offers a real dazzler of a thriller, with vivid action, fine set pieces of suspense and a virtuoso display of startling plot twists." ( The New York Times)

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A great story, not dealt justice

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Possibly not. I love the story, it is a classic, and possibly Maclean's best work... but.. it is only a good listen if the narrator can recreate this. The producer/editors should also take some of the blame to. This recording is not upto the standard of the 40 year old cassette version!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Oliver?

Anyone! (David Rintoul, Toby Longworth, Matt Addis, but as they are soooo good and therefore possibly to expensive to employ).. how about Colin Mace who read 'Nomad' so well ? ...actually that is a bit unfair, but Oliver struggles much like with 'The Guns of Navarone' with accents. The German ones all sound the same and like a cliched parody more akin to the BBC's 'Allo, Allo!', and the female voice of Mary, nearly made my ears bleed. The american accent for Schaffer is identical to Dusty Miller in Guns of Navarone, the germans the same, and I can only thank god that there were no greeks in this story. He seems to only be able to recreate one version of an accent. His fluency is in question as well, as he struggles to turning that into a coherent and not disjointed experience (lots of unnecessary pauses, or bad edits?). The problem here is that this is repeated from previous books, and although I believe he delivers this one slightly better, it is still a long way off from good, let alone perfect.I originally listened to this on cassette read by Martin Jarvis...the cassette, even in it's 40 year, mangled state is better!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I nearly cried in places when the accents assaulted my ears!

Any additional comments?

Oliver's performance in Fear is the Key, was a lot better (less accents), so I will be looking at 'When Eight Bells Toll' in the future, but will be weary of acquiring other Maclean works, that he reads. It is a real shame as I like Maclean's work, but it is only good if delivered to the same standard.

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  • 01-08-17

Not quite right

Story is great but not sure the narrator got the tone right for me. Too much tongue in cheek humour which didn't jump out to me when I read the book.

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A little soporific, but as a bedtime story, good.

As with all MacLean, rather slow. Good narrator. Ending is a little soporific. All in all a good bedtime story.

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I couldn't finish this.

It sounds like it was recorded in a n undere stairs cupboard on a dictaphone

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great book the reader was clear

but a little mono tone at times could do with toning himself down a bit

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Excellent story full of action and plot surprises

Great story line. Well written, some great detail expressed without slowing the pace and quite a bit of humour as well. The narration doesn't detract a jot from the experience but once or twice it wasn't overly clear who was who for a few seconds.

Listening to this is an excellent way to pass some very enjoyable hours.

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you've seen the film

now read the book. a great story, well read, with twists and turns all the way.

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A ice cold thriller

Would you listen to Where Eagles Dare again? Why?

Yes. Because of Oliver`s performance. It is just pure gold. He gets the atmosphere just tight.

What did you like best about this story?

The complex story.

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

One of his best.

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Classic film, classic book

If memory serves, the book was kind of written as the film was in production. It wasn't a book first, but written as a film.
The film is an institution, a must watch. This book has all the key elements of the film but is expanded to make it more book-like. But nothing detracts from a cracking piece of adventure and espionage.
The book does make Smith younger than the version we see in Richard Burton, but all the classic plot points and lines still work.

The performance of the narrator is perfectly suited to the story and delivers everything almost as you remember in the film. Not sure how much the film influenced the narrator or if its just me memories of the film filling in gaps. But its such a classic film you can't help but be affected by it.

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Tremendous

Gripping story line with a twist in the tale and well read by narrator. Top marks throughout

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  • Jack M.
  • 29-10-18

Don't Bother

American accents are terrible. Makes you cringe. Reading is slow. Very campy, like 1960s TV.

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  • kevo
  • 12-05-18

if u liked the movie, this is even better!

this book is great!, at this time iv listened to it at least 5 times, the writing style is good with a lot of humor hidden here and there, it keeps you on the edge of your seat (even tho your listing to a book) the voice acting is awesome as well, i had seen the movie and herd about the book so i thought id give it a chance, i haven't regretted that decision one bit.

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  • William S.
  • 09-04-18

Excellent!

I loved the movie and now the I have had opportunity to read the book!

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  • OldFed
  • 04-12-17

Great Book, Terrible Performance

This is one of my all-time favorite thrillers. But, in this case, a great book is all but ruined by a truly terrible narrator. His accent is atrocious. He makes Smith and Wyatt-Turner, characters of brilliance and sophistication, sound like uneducated cockneys, who scream constantly.

Please! Do it over, and get Simon Vance, Frank Muller or Micheal Pritchard to do the reading.

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  • Honey
  • 27-10-17

One of MacLean’s best!

I have been waiting years for Audible to get Alistair MacLean’s books. This has always been one of my favorite of his books, a very entertaining and enjoyable wartime thriller. The narrator is wonderful.

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  • Darren Harrison
  • 21-09-17

Wonderful to have Alistair MacLean available

If you could sum up Where Eagles Dare in three words, what would they be?

The book sticks close to the movie of the same name, which is not surprising when you realize that MacLean wrote the movies screenplay before the novel. Richard Burton's young son complained to his father that he could not see any of his dad's movies, so the actor approached MacLean to rectify this. And to my mind this is perhaps the most thrilling and exciting novel from MacLean and a very easy purchase.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, I know the plot backwards and forwards from the movie but you get so involved in the action that you forget that you already know what happens. This means (for me at least) that this title will have a high replay value

What about Jonathan Oliver’s performance did you like?

I think Oliver did an excellent job. At first I wasn't so sure about Oliver but as the book went on I got used to Oliver and consider him up there with the likes of Simon Vance (my personal favorite narrator)

Any additional comments?

It's wonderful to see unabridged MacLean narrations on audible. He is my favorite author. I snapped all eight of them at once and look forward to seeing more in the future. Please, Audible let's get the whole MacLean series available. Many thanks in advance :)