A Good Clean Fight

  • by Derek Robinson
  • Narrated by Michael Tudor Barnes
  • 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

North Africa, 1942. Dust, heat, thirst, flies. For those who liked that sort of thing, it was a good clean fight: nothing to harm but the sand, the enemy and yourself. Striking hard and escaping fast, Fanny Barton’s squadron play Russian roulette, flying their clapped out Tomahawks on ground-strafing forays. On the ground, the men of Captain Lampard’s SAS patrol drive hundreds of miles behind enemy lines to plant bombs on German aircraft. This is the story of the desert war waged by the men of the RAF and SAS versus the Luftwaffe and the Afrika Korps – a war of no glamour and few heroes in a setting often more lethal than the enemy.

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I've been a big fan of Robinson's RFC/RAF graphic novels for some time. Often revisit them and still both laugh out loud at the sparkling repartee and cringe at the all too involving scenes of conflict. Narrator Tudor Barnes is simply terrific in tone, pace, comic timing and, the Robinson trademark, conveying irony. The Desert War will never feel the same after this.

More, much more, Derek Robinson...please!
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- Cary "Road Warrior"

How about a Piece of Cake?

Would you listen to A Good Clean Fight again? Why?

Maybe. Maybe not, but only because there are so many books, and so little time.


What did you like best about this story?

Robinson's usual cynicism/realism about war and the many types of personalities that make up a group thrust together for a common goal (more or less). Brilliant characterisations as always.


What about Michael Tudor Barnes’s performance did you like?

Well read, and characterised, although a bit toffee-nosed where it shouldn't have been (e.g. enlisted men). Just one bit of constructive criticism - Fanny Barton is a New Zealander, not an Australian. There is a very distinctive difference between how NZers pronounce 'a', 'e' and 'i' and how Aussies do. Something akin to South Africans. Fanny sounds like an Ocker (rough Aussie). Otherwise, great reading.


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

Would have, if I could have.


Any additional comments?

Please do Piece of Cake!

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- Sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-15-2011
  • Publisher: Soundings