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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 2 Dec. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006H5DL80
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Coward at the Bridge Audio Download – Unabridged
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This is much, much better. Cowards character has developed nicely, the rather over-done Price plays a back seat and nothing James Delingpole could make up could be more farcical than General Brownings decisions during Market Garden (such as using 38 precious gliders to fly his HQ into Holland and having the Poles dropped South of Arnhem bridge while their vehicles and heavy weapons were dropped north of the river!). As with Flashy Coward manages to be in the thick of just about every battle of the campaign but how he moves between them is believable and the story doesn't depend on inplausible coincidences. In format 'Coward at the Bridge' is more like Flashman than the first book with some very good historical notes at the back and an extremely useful bibliography which I'm going to use to chase up some further reading. As with Flashman you'll probably appreciate this book more if you appreciate the real events, although Wikipedia and the movie 'A bridge too far' are all you'll need.
Any comedy in this book is very very black humour.Read more ›
Upper class amorous hero with a horrible family with asides to having fought in every campaign in the second world war on a mission to win a V.C.? -hmmm. Highly original. Still well worth a read though.
The author really tugs the emotions here, spreading wit and pathos in equal measure with some very entertaining characterisation.
This is a real romp from start to finish and highly recommended.
Because the market is saturated with books about the Second World War, most indistinguishable from the next, Coward at the Bridge should come with a warning: nothing else in the genre is close to being this good. As a storyteller and craftsman, James Delingpole is in a league of his own. He keeps you glued to the very last page when, exhausted and elated, you can at last put the book down and get yourself some sleep.
Volume II is a direct sequel to Coward on the Beach, and the war in Europe is nearing its end: with 10 volumes planned by the author, I don't think another 8 can be fitted 6 months. This means, I assume, that some later Coward volumes will be "flashbacks" to adventures alluded to previously - Burma, the Western Desert, flying Spits, Crete, fighting with the brave defenders of Stalingrad (well, the German ones anyway) and so on. To a degree that may also be necessary as Coward has now achieved the fame (and fortune) that he was fighting WWII to win.
There is less Price here - a mixed blessing, as we get more focus on Dick Coward, but miss Price's no-nonsense approach to war - and Coward seems more sympathetic than he did in "on the Beach". Operation Market Garden is told accurately, and if it seems improbable that one man could have so many adventures...well, that's wartime for you.
Bridge is better than Beach, but not as good as Flashman at his best. Which brings me to the quibble in the review title: its all very well to write a WWII homage to Flashy, really it is. But please, there is no need to beat us over the head with that in the endnotes. One simple reference is sufficient to refer interested readers, but three is the literary equivalent of Madonna's conical foot-long bra: unnecessary, distracting, and frankly just a bit much.
Still, if that's the worst complaint I have about the book - and it is - that means it's a pretty good read, aimed at lovers of military history who don't mind a mention of sex and benzedrine on the side.
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Literary junk food. By which I mean nutritionally deficient characterisation, plot and pacing presented in overdone prose.Published 1 month ago by SoaringDuke
a brilliant sequel to 'coward on the beach'. such a shame the 3rd didn't go to print.Published 16 months ago by CLUCK 1706
I'd never read delingpole before and so this was just a stab in the dark. Glad to say that I loved it though. Kept me amused, entertained and enthralled all the way through. Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2013 by pups110
Very enjoyable. One got a real sense of both the horror and excitement of battle and also of the sort of extremes that take place during war.Published on 12 Nov. 2012 by ward
I won't say too much as I got carried away reviewing the first book.I liked this one even more and think the author has very quickly got into his stride. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2011 by Dr. D. R. Purchase
COWARD AT THE BRIDGE is the second in the series of Dick Coward adventures and sees that worthy caught up in Operation Market Garden. Read morePublished on 15 July 2011 by Hereward
Oh I'm looking forward to the rest of this series.
This had me grabbed from page 1 - the first couple of lines are hilarious and I'm glad to say it continues right the... Read more
I enjoyed this, but it is a very hard book to categorise. There is a bit of Tom Sharpe in here, along with Leslie Thomas, maybe a bit of Jeeves and Wooster too! Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2010 by Nick Brett