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Goodbye Soldier

Narrated by: Spike Milligan
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
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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....

©2016 Spike Milligan (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Robert
  • 07-12-18

Amazing book but Issue with the recording

Audible won’t investigate this properly, but having listened to this on cassette, I can confirm that their recording was copied at the wrong speed so spike sounds old and slurred (which he certainly isn’t if you listen to the next, or previous, book). A great book but unless audible resolve this, it’s not worth listening to

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-18

Give this a miss

Severley let down with the quality of the audio. Couple this with Spikes' poor health at the time of the recording it makes for a poor experience. I truly am a big fan of all his work but this tarnishes his memory. Should be pulled from circulation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-19

Sound issues

Having listened to the previous volumes yes there’s a sound issue with the recording I find this is helped by playing at 1.5x speed which takes spike back to being full of energy rather then being full of shit

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  • Michael S.
  • 03-14-19

Listen at 1.25x speed for best results

Working my way through the series, enjoying them all. Got to this one and it sounded different. I think the timing is wrong. Once I started to listened at 1.25x speed it sounded more like the others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-19

Excellent audible book

Another most enjoyable book by Spike Milligan. It shows another side of the great man & his take on life.

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  • p23
  • 07-31-18

wonderful memories from the king of the goons

beautiful wonderful Spike at his best ! long reign the eternal king of the goons!!

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  • Ardeshir Sarosh
  • 05-02-18

Spike was a geniuses I bought all he’s books.

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.

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  • G P MEGAW
  • 04-20-18

Not how I want to remember Spike.

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.

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  • Allyn J. Carter
  • 01-14-18

Dull

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.

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  • mat brown
  • 06-08-18

Poor Spike

Buy the book as it is funny

But spikes voice is not what it was and to be honest it was heartbreaking to listen to

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