• Hurricane

  • Victor of the Battle of Britain
  • By: Leo McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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The biography of the aeroplane that won the Battle of Britain.

In the summer of 1940 the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Victory in the forthcoming air battle would mean national survival; defeat would establish German tyranny.

The Luftwaffe greatly outnumbered the RAF, but during the Battle of Britain it was the RAF that emerged triumphant, thanks to two key fighter planes, the Spitfire and the Hurricane. The Hurricane made up over half of Fighter Command's front-line strength, and its revolutionary design transformed the RAF's capabilities.

Leo McKinstry tells the story of the remarkable plane from its designers to the first-hand testimonies of those brave pilots who flew it; he takes in the full military and political background but always keeps the human stories to the fore - to restore the Hawker Hurricane to its rightful place in history.

©2010 Leo McKinstry (P)2010 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Detailed, highly readable entertaining account

Bravo! This author is to be commended for his detailed research, and his reluctance. to redefine history in context to modern interpretation and social sensitivity. a greatly appreciated devotion to a yeoman stalwart, the Hawker Hurricane. From my early reading, 5 yrs old, of a book on my great grandmas bookshelf, so long ago, I don't remember title or author, about squadrons #1 and 73. It was a wartime censored account of the RAF's actions defending France in 1940, I was fascinated of "Cobber" Cain's brief fame, and demise. I seem to remember that account attributed his death to exhuberance at the controls of an Anson utility aircraft. No matter, I had trouble with large words then, but still recall the admiration I felt towards those pilots, including one with a nickname of,.I believe, L'enfant Terrible, by the French. I suspect the book would seem shallow and inaccurate today, but it was inspiration then. This book brought back those heroic deeds, and my nostalgia. This book, like "Lancaster", by the same author, and I suspect "Spitfire", which I have yet to read, a great addition to the histories of these great aircraft, and the great era of that Titanic struggle by largely average men, elevating them to heros.

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  • Steven Emsley
  • 05-19-20

A gripping account of the 'cinderella' fighter

Fascinating and informative throughout. I enjoyed Hurricane as much as Lancaster and now look forward to completing the trilogy with Spitfire.

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  • MARVIN HOUSE
  • 11-30-20

Brilliant

At last a book which does justice to this wonderful airplane. Maybe the most important machine in world history. Just think of the consequences if it wasn’t available at that time.

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  • Reub
  • 08-02-20

Detailed and well researched

Well narrated and carefully researched detailed portrait of this important often overshadowed aeroplane. Enjoyable listen.

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  • Q C.
  • 08-01-20

Unsung Hero

An objective and informative book, not endless tales of daring do, not endless technical babble for the anoraks. All round a very good read, that explains the development, restores some of Chamberlains unjust reputation, and looks at how to this day Spitfire fever still overshadows probably one of the most important British aircraft, and its massive role in where we stand today. Impressive insights into the design, manufacturing process, and strategic purpose. Please shut up those who from their arm chairs who snort at the Defiant with its turret, or the lack of rear armour on the Hurricane, listen to this and you might grasp no one envisaged meeting anything other than German bombers from behind, as they flew from Germany.

Well read as well, no silly attempts at Allo Allo accents, careful and precise, nothing tripped me up here, I have no problems when I see Peter Noble as the reader, it’s about the book and not about him!

All in all a well balanced book that falls into place amongst others you need to read to get a decent history and not a collection of coffee table books.

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  • Nautilus
  • 07-24-19

a great telling of an unsung hero

this book has opened my eyes to something I knew little about, I knew that the Hurricane had played a big part in the Battle of Britain, but not so much about the other theatres of war.

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  • Nicholas Brownlee
  • 08-01-18

A machine becomes a character

Comprehensive in scope and reads like a novel. A truly uniquely written book that just works. I will definitely read his other works.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-21

Excellent story

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and it’s beautifully narrated text
It’s a must listen for those interested in wartime planes
Thankyou

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  • Stephen Simpson
  • 01-05-21

A great listen about this iconic fighter

This is a long but not boring listen. Great book. Awesome aircraft. Great reader to listen too.

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  • Dale
  • 05-07-19

Excellent.

I at first found this boring. Really only because I already knew this history. Having now completed it, I must say I learned quite a lot. The narration was very good. The narrator can read and speak the English language. I appreciated that fact greatly. often these audio books are read by some lacking these basic skills.
Recommended to those interested in learning about this machine while still largely ignorant. If, like me, you already know, save your cash. The hurricane fought bravely, wad outclassed, had a problem with incinerating it's pilots, suffered at the zero, was overshadowed by the Spitfire.
Done.