Bomber

  • by Len Deighton
  • Narrated by Richard Burnip
  • 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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A rather ponderous reading

One of my favourite books by one of my favourite authors, this unabridged reading is good value for money but is somewhat spoiled, to my mind, by the narrator.

Richard Burnip’s command of accents is acceptable and his German pronunciation, at least to this non-German speaker, seems good. However, Deighton’s technique in this book is to describe the events surrounding a bomber raid on Germany in minute technical detail but in a completely dispassionate way. This has the odd effect, as Deighton of course intends, of emphasising rather than diminishing the sheer horror of the events described. Burnip’s rather slow, over-deliberate enunciation, together with his habit of inserting small pauses where none should exist does not, to my mind, fit well with Deighton’s narrative style and effortless mastery of technical detail.

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- Trevor

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 Burnip....no 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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- S. Roche

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited