Before the Unpleasantness

  • by Robert E. Towsie
  • Narrated by Robert E. Towsie
  • 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I am sure you have heard of "Operation Mincemeat", the ingenious plan to land a dead man on a Spanish beach - to fool the Nazis and send their jack-booted, Panzer-clad, stiff-armed, blond-haired boys up the wrong alley.
Allow me to let you into a secret. I was the rehearsal, some months before hostilities began; before the unpleasantness, so to speak. I was the practice run; the "upper-class twit" sent on a wild goose chase, scattering fair Albion's imminent enemies hither and thither. And, if I were to die in the process, so be it. So long as the suitcase full of faux documents survived, I, Pelham Hardiman was of no consequence. But, my friend, I can tell you their greatest error, their erreur greates, they forgot they were dealing with an Englishman, and a Hardimann at that. And let us not forget the femme fatale.

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A Ripping Good Yarn

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The style is like a cross between Poirot and Bertie Wooster. A fun listen with a cleverly written and crazy plot.


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- Die Ohrwurmer aus Franken

Before the unpleasantness

I enjoyed this comedy very much. I'd not heard about Operation Mincemeat before, but it's based on that. I looked it up and found out it was a plan to make nazis think the documents in the suitcase were real plans from the British. Great take on the operation.



Great narration and very funny! Characters are full of life and you root for the main character big time!
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-03-2013
  • Publisher: Beswick & Beswick Publishing House