Listen free for 30 days

  • Commando

  • Combined Operations, Book 1
  • By: Griff Hosker
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Commando cover art

Commando

By: Griff Hosker
Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
Try for £0.00

£7.99 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy Now for £20.39

Buy Now for £20.39

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

It's 1940, and the British Expeditionary Force is caught ill prepared for the onslaught of the German Blitzkrieg and its deadly panzers. Caught in the desperate retreat to Dunkirk, Tom Harsker, son of a World War One ace, discovers that he is a natural soldier. Escaping to England and with complete disaster narrowly averted, Tom is selected to join the newly formed Commandos. With Britain standing alone and the seemingly inexorable German forces massing across the Channel for invasion, Tom and his fellow Commandos must battle against all odds in daring raids to buy precious time.

©2015 Griff Hosker (P)2015 Tantor

What listeners say about Commando

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    16
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    3
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

POOR DIALOGUE AND NARRATION

I could just about cope with the hero being lifted straight from the pages of 1950s boys jingoistic comics, but it was the dreadfully stilted dialogue that finally made me stop listening.
It was an unfortunate decision when the author chose to put received pronunciation into the mouths of working class Mancunians.
I served 3 decades in the army as soldier and officer and never heard a soldier not use verbal contractions nor swear..
The narrator too tells the story in a manner more suited to telling bedtime stories. His regional accents made me cringe.
The author doesn't understand the reality of 20th century soldiering and makes up for his deficiencies by sprinkling anecdotes lifted from memoirs.
It doesn't work.
In particular, he fails to grasp battlefield how relationships between ranks relax on active service. Officers and NCO's often call their men by first name or nickname.
I might have stayed with the tale had a more talented narrator been employed.
I read 50+ audio books each year and this was the first truly poor book I've purchased.
I blame the editors.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Really good

I really enjoyed the Informative story. I would be interested of any follow up books.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Style of delivery

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Good pace of reading and clear diction, however the story was rather spoiled by the "wooden" narration of the speech taking place within the story it is as if it were being read by a non English speaker with no true understanding of spoken English and how working conversations take place between colleagues. Very strange really because the Lancashire dialect and also the Scots was pretty good. It may be that it was narrated with a foreign speaking audience in mind.

What did you like best about this story?

The action scene depiction is pretty fair even if it does appear to be rather unlikely

Would you be willing to try another one of Antony Ferguson’s performances?

Not with this style of narration, I found it to be rather annoying, tending to spoil the story.

Do you think Commando needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, a "boys own" style but gripping none the less. I will be looking for any follow-up.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

I have read the books and they are good
But enjoyed the audible more
Just wish there was more of the series

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent listen

Loved this book. Well worth a read/listen. Seems like you're actually there with Hasker.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

brilliant book, probably the best i have heard.

brilliant book, probably the best i have heard. a bit if anything. well read, great story line.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Could be better.

I’m a fan of the books and this was entertaining listening, but have to say it’s an appalling choice of narrator.
Stilted, clumsy and badly read with dodgy accents throughout, the reader could have done a little research on pronunciation before taking the part and the editor should really have listened to the recording before release.
Could have been so much better.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for michael delany
  • michael delany
  • 24-10-22

Great read

Looking for a good.book, don’t look at the cover. When you see Griff Hosker as the author buy it. That says it all.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-05-22

Amazing

I really wish that the rest of the books where on here I loved the story.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Michael P. Mcintire
  • Michael P. Mcintire
  • 09-05-21

Enjoyable. Kept my attention

Nice story, fiction about the British commandos. Like to see entire series in audible. Story well told

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for michael leone
  • michael leone
  • 14-04-20

Bizarre Hero

Our Hero is a very unusual person. Perhaps even a psychopath. He must have had a strange childhood. Being taught not just languages, sailing and flying but modern weapons, battlefield first aid, principles of military leadership and even hand to hand fighting I can only wonder what he thought he was being prepared for. “Son, you need to know these things just in case there’s a world war and you're caught behind enemy lines.” No pressure or anything. Just let us know how the therapy goes...

He doesn’t seem to have a big, or even a small group of friends. He doesn’t seem at all interested in girls, or even boys. He doesn’t seem bothered in the least when he starts killing people, even up close and personal. He doesn’t seem more than a little put out about his comrades being killed. No bad dreams, no irrational crying, no bouts of drinking, deeply inhaling petrol fumes or other escapes. He seems fully acclimated to a culture of violence and death. In fact, he seems quite happy. Psychopath it seems. Perhaps once the war is over he’ll be the one making a new pair of boots out of the neighbor’s skin. (But he seemed like such a nice, quiet boy...)

The author kind of tips his hand with that stuff in the epilogue about breeding. "I was a Hosker and I was just doing what my dad had done and my grandfather too. I daresay if I had gone back in time I would have found Hoskers doing the same thing at the Alma, Waterloo, Blenheim, probably back to Agincourt and Crecy. You don't change your blood."

Might as well have been saying “it’s all in the genes, you see, the good ones and the bad ones. Some of them we might even call untermensch and our kind we can call ubermensch. All right, let’s get back to this war against the evil Nazis!” Could the author really have been this obtuse? Maybe. The fact that in this entire book about commandos there was not one joke about "going commando" suggests so.

So why not a lower review? One star, say? Actually I enjoy the "guy stuff" about making terrorist devices out of potato mashers, etc. It's all kind of fun. Most of us admire skill and courage and some of that is well done by this author. Given their popularity, it's clear that I'm not alone in this enjoyment. But it's just escapist fantasy in the end. The great wars of life and death struggles against an overwhelmingly powerful enemy are no more, unless you're in an occupied country fighting off the great imperial power of our time, nudge, nudge, say no more.

We despise the powerlessness of our own lives and long for a heroic struggle against evil. Like fighting the fascists alongside peasants. When the character Ned was introduced as a commie who fought in Spain I made a bet with myself that he'd be killed off and we'd never get a conversation about what led to his beliefs, what motivated him to go, what he saw, experienced and learned. I won that one. I didn't think it took that much literary courage to spare a few sentences for such an interesting character but not everyone has the courage of a hero.