Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Goodbye Soldier, written and read by Spike Milligan.
"My name is Maria Antonoinetta Fontana, but everyone call me Toni."
"I'm Spike, sometimes known as 'stop thief' or 'hey you.'"
"Yeser, I know."
The sixth volume of Spike Milligan's off-the-wall account of his part in World War Two sees our hero doing very little soldiering. Because it's 1946. Rather, he is now part of the Bill Hall Trio - a 'Combined Services Entertainment' inflicted on unsuspecting soldiers across Italy and Austria - and is largely preoccupied with the unbearably beautiful ballerina, Ms Toni Fontana ("Arghhhhhhhhh!"). But he must enjoy it while he can before he is demobbed and sent home to Catford - so he does....
In this the 6th book as he reads he is I am sad to say struggling why I’m not sure why. he was a great man he’s passing has made the world a much bleaker and sadder place.
Compared to the previous audio books this is a disappointment. The story is winding down but particularly because as the narrator Spike has aged dramatically and has lost his unique, youthful, energetic giggling delivery. Buy the book rather than listen if you're really keen.
It's a real shame, but by the end of these memoirs, Spike had run out of interesting things to say, so just churns out a bunch of concerts dates and anecdotes.
By the time of this performance, he's clearly struggling, too. Stick to the first 3 books and pretend it's a trilogy.