Man Overboard

Author(s): Tim Binding
Genre: Self Help
Imprint: Clipper Audio
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: CP387
Released: Dec 18, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419396939
Narrator/s: Steven Crossley
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Lionel "Buster" Crabb became renowned during the Second World War for his amazing feats of underwater daring. After the war, he was celebrated for embodying a particular English ideal-a love for King and Country-that seemed to be dying out. His mysterious disappearance during a visit from Nikita Khrushchev in 1956 led to Binding's wondrous piece of fiction-a deeply imaginative, gently funny, and profoundly stirring exploration of the idea of Englishness. It is the story of a man who has made deep personal sacrifices for the sake of higher ideals and who must, towards the end of his days, measure their meaning and their worth.

Professional reviews

"Steven Crossley is ideally suited to narrate this paradoxical, thought-provoking novel about a Briton who might be a Russian turncoat. Inspired by the real-life mystery of why WWII hero Commander Lionel Crabb disappeared during Nikita Khrushchev's 1956 visit to England, the story weaves surprising, often funny threads of loyalty and idealism. Crossley perfectly catches Commander Crabb's ironic narrative voice, even pitching it recognizably slightly younger in the flashback sections. Crossley is equally adept with a wide range of other characters, from Turkish fishermen to Italian women to Russian interrogators. The pace, too, is just right for a man trying to understand and explain why he did what he did. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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