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Where does A Bridge Too Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
The research is good and goes so much further than the movie. The characters are complex and one has to remember that they are real. The inability of the allies to manage the campaign makes you wonder what would have happened if the German units were at full strength. The characterization of Field Marshall Montgomery is consistent with most books I've read. The inability of the allies to react nimbly was a result of too big a hierarchy; much like the Pentagon or many corporations. The inefficiency of the German military was unmatched. The saddest part of the book is the fate of the Dutch population who were simply in the way of Montgomery's unending need for glory. His "dagger thrust" strategy was tried and it failed despite the "90%" success.
How could the performance have been better?
Clive Chafer gives monotone delivery a bad name. Not awful but has the most creative and fantastic monotone ever heard. The story is too compelling to put you to sleep but his delivery reminds one of a flat landscape that uses a mouse's foot prints for mountains.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The movie is referred to as "A Hour Too Long" and it is a long film (3hrs). The book though brings clarity and if you wish to watch the film, I suggest listening to this book; before, after or during it does not matter. Spoiler alert, the cavalry doesn't quite make it. What you do get from this book is a clear understanding of what happen, what went wrong and possibly a good answer to the question of why. This is the 'boys own adventure' to battle and even if you are not into history, is a good yarn. Characters, action, sacrifice and morals are on every page. A damn good listen.
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If you could sum up A Bridge Too Far in three words, what would they be?
Compelling, daring, insightful
What other book might you compare A Bridge Too Far to, and why?
Pegasus Bridge, D-Day
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narration is simply terrible.
It does this incredible true story and the wonderful work of Ryan a massive disservice.
'Monotone' doesn't begin to explain it. Clive Chafer reads in a very unnatural, almost robotic way, with a constant rhythm that a metronome would be proud of.
I made it slightly more bearable by increasing the speed to 1.25x, but I couldn't finish it.
Boring, depressing, unengaging, dull narration.
I'd strongly advise against purchasing the audio book for this reason, but would highly recommend purchasing the actual book and reading it for yourself - an incredible story.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
A Bridge Too Far?!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Do the producers actually hold auditions for these guys or just pull any random actor in looking for a job? This is such a monotonous clunking performance it almost made this unlistenable.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful