This really is the best dramatisation of a book I've ever listened to. At first I thought 'Another WWII tale - can there be anything here I haven't heard before'? Well, there was. Most people know of the horrendous suffering caused by bombing cities in WWII, but I hadn't realised until I listened to this what an ordeal it was to be in the bombers themselves. As one airman says, 'If my mother had known I'd go through this she would never have had me'. The story is gripping from start to finish, with just enough complexity to keep you interested, but not so much that you get confused. The characters, both English and German, are very well voiced, and the sound effects contribute to the story - it's one of those rare adaptations where having the story dramatised really adds something to it. Be warned though - this really should carry a '15' certificate as the descriptions of the effects of the raid, and the German attempts to shoot down the bombers, are almost unbearable to listen to - but you can't stop listening because you want to find out how it ends. At the beginning, Field Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, in charge of Bomber Command, states 'I will level the whole of Germany if it is necessary'. By the end, you still can't decide one way or the other if you agree with him or not, the dramatisation captures the utter pointlessness, cruelty and horror of war so well. Should one sympathise with the innocent German civilians - who support a vile regime experimenting on concentration camp victims? Or the allies, willing to sacrifice hundreds of young men and innocent civilians in order to secure victory? Listen to the tape and you'll see what I mean - it should be required listening for anyone studying WWII.