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  • Vulcan Boys

  • From the Cold War to the Falklands: True Tales of the Iconic Delta V Bomber
  • By: Tony Blackman
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Summary

The Vulcan, the second of the three V bombers built to guard the UK during the Cold War, has become an aviation icon like the Spitfire, its delta shape instantly recognizable, as is the howling noise it makes when the engines are opened for takeoff. Vulcan Boys is the first Vulcan book recounted completely firsthand by the operators themselves. It tells the story of the aircraft from its design conception through the Cold War, when it played out its most important job as Britain's nuclear deterrent - before unbelievably, at the end of its service life, also playing a significant role, with its bombs and missiles, in liberating the Falkland Islands, for which it gained much celebrity. The individual accounts detail how hours at a time were spent on readiness, waiting to be scrambled to defend their country in the event of a third world war. In addition they detail how their aggressive skills were honed by carrying out Lone Ranger sorties flying to the States and westward around the world and taking part in Giant Voice and Red Flag, competitive exercises against the United States Strategic Air Command. The attacks in the Falklands using Shrike missiles are described accurately and in great detail for the first time, including the landing at Rio de Janeiro alongside a vivid account of Black Buck 2. Vulcan Boys is a fascinating and completely authentic listen, reminding us of the Cold War, how it was fought, and the considerable effort required to prevent all-out nuclear war.

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Dreadful narration

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I only managed to listen for about three hours until I could no longer listen to the narration of this audiobook. I was just about coping with the strange staccato style, but could no longer concentrate on what was being said when the narrator broke into a comedy Australian accent when narrating a section written by an antipodean. Probably an interesting book, but the narration is too distracting.

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This really is an excellent account of Vulcan operations in its military and civil roles. A fitting tribute to the design team; and those men in the Royal Air Force who flew the aircraft, and maintained it. My late father was an engineer with the Vulcan and served at Scampton, Waddington, and Akrotiri with them. He also served with Valiants and Victors in both their bomber and tanker roles. Undoubtedly the Vulcan was always his favourite. This book is a truly good historical record for generations to come. Well done.

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technical and rather dull

if you're looking for a riveting "boys own" type story this isn't it
if you're looking for seemingly endless acronyms, individual aircraft registration numbers and an in depth description of the difference in electrical generation systems of mk1 and mk2 vulcan..

rather disappointed by buying this

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  • Mr
  • 15-06-17

Struggled to get into this

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

It was okay, but ended up not finishing it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Hearing about how these 'boys' dedicated their lives to us.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Personal accounts

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

No - doesn't work on audio book.

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Maybe not my thing - but listening as I drive, this didn't work for me. I would consider buying the paper book though.

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Excellent listening

this book is a brilliant account of the vulcan from test flight the its disbandment.. well read out

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Brilliant

Fantastic history of the vulcan, well worth the listen if you have the slightest love of aviation

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Great to be British

Takes you back to an era when Britain designed and made cutting edge equipment and machines

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Disappointing, sadly

My father was a Nav Plotter on Vulcans at the height of the Cold War and that piqued my interest. Only he and his fellow crew members would have understood half the jargon and acronyms used throughout. The narrator was very irritating at times and the writing quite childish at others. I felt like an outsider listening in! The writing seemed designed to make me feel that way. Didn’t enjoy it!

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How do you know there is a pilot in the room?

Because the pilot will work it into conversation as many times as possible before he leaves.

If you are interested in stories where the aircraft was used then try another book.
This unfortunately is a marvellous collection of anecdotes of self importance. It is written in a very formal manner with alot of recounting of names of who was in charge at this date and how very fortunate one was when they got to fly with a senior officer.
Not alot of substance to the story at all. There were only a handful of interesting story line that took my fancy. There were a few blatant lies written as anecdotal fact.
Overall I was very disappointed that the interviews were solely focused on the pilots with no side stories from ground crew or civilians or journalists or anybody else that could add flesh to the bare bones in this book.
This is my second Tony Blackman book, the other being Nimrod rise and fall. which was quite dry but interesting. This one however was an exercise in determination.

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Reader spoils the experience

Great to hear the story behind the Iconic V bombers but the readers style was very stacatto. Clear, precise, pronounced and easily understood yes, one assumes that his speaking style was a great asset in a military environment. Unfortunately in the setting of narrating an audio book it became quite irritating. Also adopting partial accents of various contrubutors was not necessary nor effective.

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  • Josh Boyle
  • 06-08-16

a compelling work but slow to start

This is a great book about a very interesting aircraft and amazing people who flew it. Because it is first-person accounts, there are a few not as gifted storytellers. a few of the first stories particularly were dull but the vast majority of the book was very well-told and fascinating.

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  • RODOLFO D.
  • 11-05-16

Loved It

A great audiobook sharing first hand stories from the operators who flew the Vulcan. Loved every minute of it

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