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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (27,285 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evelyn Waugh Narrator: Christian Rodska Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sword of Honor Trilogy Release Date:
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Guy Crouchback, determined to get into the war, takes a commission in the Royal Corps of Halberdiers. His spirits high, he sees all the trimmings but none of the action. And his first campaign, an abortive affair on the West African coastline, ends with an escapade that seriously blots his Halberdier copybook.

Men at Arms is the first novel in Waugh’s brilliant Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of Guy Crouchback, which also comprises Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An eminently readable comedy of modern war.”

    New York Times

  • “The wittiest of war novels and, in its own way, one of the honestest.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Reading Men at Arms is like hearing a full keyboard used by a pianist who has hitherto confined himself to a single octave. Waugh is fully alive to the fact that no modern war is just a soldier’s war. The drawing rooms, kitchens, and clubs of the home front interest him just as much as the barracks and the tents. To Waugh—and to the reader, after Waugh has waved his magic wand of characterization—mediocrity seems not only a human condition but a fascinating one.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele | 2/8/2014

    " I'm working my way back through all the night watch books in audio this time and it's so fun! I think the first ones are read by Nigel Planer and the later ones are read by Stephen Briggs (HOW do I know this?) People seem to feel strongly about both readers, loving one and hating the other. I like them both very much although I like Brigg's Vimes better. That said, I have a little soft spot for Planer in that he makes Vimes sound like he has a cold all the time. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jay Krane | 2/1/2014

    " This was another enjoyable read from the city watch series, which in my opinion is Discworlds best story arc. it has a good amount of hilarity, but its also serious when it needs to be. New characters are introduced (gaspode is awesome) and old characters (especially Carrot) are starting to hit their stride. very entertaining. 4 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Young | 2/1/2014

    " One of my two favorite Discworld books. "

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    " By far my favorite discworld novel! Just fantastic characters and enjoyable humor! "

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.