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By Paul on 31-05-11
Should be called "Oh Look It's Rommel"
I am not going to be negative about this book. It is an excellent tale, but the title is a little confusing.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this is about killing Rommel. It really isn't, Rommel is merely a side issue in this book.
It is however a cracking yarn of endurance in the desert and the mentality of those involved in the North Africa campaign. I thoroughly enjoyed it. But I was waiting for a showdown with Rommel.... and in that regard I was disappointed.
Molina initially seemed an odd choice for narration of this book. But his English accent is brilliant, he pulls it off where American actors normally can't.
A good book, excellently narrated, but badly titled. It would be like the 'Wizard of Oz' being renamed 'Housebuilding in Kansas'.
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By Ben on 20-02-10
Gripping and profound
This is an exceptional work. A strong favourite of mine, I?m not prone to my emotions but this work was deeply affecting. It is a reminder of the courage of my grandparent's generation. With little exception the actions of the characters described in this book are true and put a lump in my throat even now.
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By Emmanuel on 17-08-15
Not as good as the actual events
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I wouldn't, since the historical books I read about the events (The Phantom Major, Churchill's Secret Warriors) are much better than this fiction.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The accounts of the LRDG scouting the vast desert
Was Killing Rommel worth the listening time?
No. The Phantom Major, Churchill's Secret Warriors which are based on actual events without the needless background (Stein for one), are action packed, depict the hardship without the fictitious romance added on.
By Thumper on 13-08-15
oh yes! Splendid
This is a fine, fine book, a bit too real in some respects, hits very hard and leaves no room for nostalgia and adventure although there's plenty of it, if leaves an unpleasant aftertaste, that's war I suppose, a most unpleasant business, damn fine read...
By David on 04-05-15
One of my favourites really enjoyable listen
What did you like most about Killing Rommel?
Great multifaceted and enjoyable story.
What did you like best about this story?
I found it well judged wartime tail with excellent character development with interesting preamble and set in what I believe to be well researched historical environment.
What about Alfred Molina’s performance did you like?