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Publisher's Summary

Bomber is a novel of war. There are no victors, no vanquished. There are simply those who remain alive, and those who die. Bomber follows the progress of an Allied air raid through a period of twenty-four hours in the summer of 1943. It portrays all the participants in a terrifying drama, both in the air and on the ground, in Britain and in Germany. In its documentary style, it is unique. In its emotional power it is overwhelming.
Len Deighton has been equally acclaimed as a novelist and as an historian. In Bomber he has combined both talents to produce a masterpiece. The classic novel of the Second World War that relates in devastating detail the 24-hour story of an allied bombing raid.
©2012 Len Deighton (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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By Cookie on 12-14-12

The original 24 hours

Is it too long? I wondered halfway through. This book endeavors to put all events of a bombing raid together in a 24 hour time frame. Just like the TV series, it is nearly true to time. But it does work. All the stories are well developed and brought together. Lost one star in making every female character marginal and somewhat silly (this maybe a result the narrator, but is not helped by Mr Deighton, who has written great female characters in subsequent novels). The narrator did an awesome job of giving every one of the characters a recognizable voice and did a fantastic job except for the female ones.
Replete with incredible detail, I feel like I was in the bomber and on the ground at the same time. Almost a perfect book, almost perfectly read. Highly recommended! I don't think there was an agenda to this story, although I felt for the victims, none of them were very sympathetic. I still feel that everything the allies did to try to win the war was justified, after all they did not know how it would end, and were really just trying to win a war they did not start, but had to see through.

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By Walrus Rex on 11-23-14

War and Peace in the air and under the bombs

If you could sum up Bomber in three words, what would they be?

Horror of war

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber?

I can't identify a particular moment. The power here is in the broad scope of a single mission.

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

No, it's too long.

Any additional comments?

As Tolstoy presented the broad landscape of the Napoleonic Wars through the intimate details of a large number of different people's lives, so the author paints the details of a large number of people's lives during a single fictitious mission by Bomber Command over the Ruhr. War and Peace covers thirteen years, this covers twenty-four hours (on June 31, 1943).

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By S. Roche on 07-24-14

Richard Burnip.....avoid at all costs!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not as an audible book due to the dreadful, comedy 'narration. '

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bomber?

In the preview narration it is no surprise that it is the voice of Len himself rather than wonder, Audible know what they are playing at!

What didn’t you like about Richard Burnip’s performance?

It's read out like someone reading a tiresome shopping list.....the characterisation is uninteresting and some of the accents border on offensive. RB clearly has no prior interest or passion about the subject. The narration is too laboured and doesn't flow....imagine being stuck next to this fellow on a plane or in a dinner party!!! :(

Did Bomber inspire you to do anything?

Turn off and reach for the paperback!

Any additional comments?

Avoid Richard Burnip at all costs!

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By D Molesworth on 08-15-13

An old favourite revisited

Would you consider the audio edition of Bomber to be better than the print version?

I like both formats in this case but I would say that the audiobooks probably brings the characters to life more. It is long time since I read the book though.

What about Richard Burnip’s performance did you like?

It gave the characters greater depth and gave them more life and in a lot of cases death.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably the trapped in the cellar sections.

Any additional comments?

I found it lived up to memories of the original book and though dated in a lot of ways it still brought out the terrible reality of war on people's lives.

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By Darryl Clarke on 08-08-17

Marathon of a story, a Deighton delight

Deighton at his finest. 20+ hours but just couldn't stop listening. Felt like a few hours. High level of factual detail around WWII aerial antics, woven into a fictional story, guts and all.

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By john on 01-11-17

Poor narrating kills what was a brilliant yarn

Would you try another book written by Len Deighton or narrated by Richard Burnip?

Not narrated by Richard Burnip

What did you like best about this story?

based loosely around fact, real characters etc

Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Burnip’s performances?


What character would you cut from Bomber?


Any additional comments?

I have read the book in paper edition several times and it is a great read. Both my son and myself, trapped in the car for 4,000km across Australia relied on Audible to get us through - Bill Bryson books excellent. The narration on this one put our teeth on edge! Narrator sounded like he was reading an ABC book to kindergarten, making a myriad of truly awful character voices - the housekeeper to the German Air Force Station Commander was the final straw.
Sorry if I offend, but the audible version was horrible, due 90% to teh narration and 10% to the need for a bit of condensing.

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