Blood & Sand Audiobook | Frank Gardner | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Blood & Sand | [Frank Gardner]

Blood & Sand

On June 6th 2004, in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were filming a programme on al-Qaeda when they were ambushed by Islamic gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was shot and lay pleading for his life. A figure pumped four more bullets into his body at point blank range. Against all the odds, he survived. This is the remarkable account of his agonising journey to where he is today.
Regular Price:$12.01
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

On June 6th 2004, in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were filming a programme on al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia when they were ambushed by Islamic gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was shot and lay pleading for his life. A figure pumped four more bullets into his body at point blank range. Against all the odds, he survived. This is the remarkable account of his agonising journey to where he is today.

© Frank Gardner; (P)Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[Gardner's] terrible experience only makes his analysis all the more telling." (Evening Standard)
"He paints his love affair with the Middle East in vivid terms. His struggle with paraplegia as a result of his wounds has not diminished his affection for the area." (The Herald)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (4 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (3)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
5.0 (1 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • Margaret
    Staplehurst, United Kingdom
    1/15/11
    Overall
    "gripping and enlightening"

    Consummately well read, the book grabs you from the first scene - the shooting of Frank Gardner and his cameraman in Saudi Arabia. There are many other almost equally impactful passages, especially near the end of the book when Gardner describes, unsparingly but always with great courage, his medical treatment and the effects of the shooting on his life. However, equally valuable is the picture he paints of the Middle East, depictions of Arab countries and cultures generally unfamiliar to Westerners which he gained access by his fluency in Arabic and his thirst to know and experience them as much as possible from the inside.

    Gardner ends his book hoping he may have contributed in some measure to a wider appreciation and understanding of the Arab world by these 'insider' portraits, and personally I felt he had opened windows and illuminated ideas which previously I had only dimly considered - in connection with spinal injury as well as with the Middle East. It is an absorbing, many-facetted book which I totally recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    manea, cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    7/5/07
    Overall
    "good listening"

    wether or not you listen/watch the news, this book is enthralling, the information is absorbed without realisation that you might have actually learnt something!.
    Informative without being boring.
    The narrator is well spoken, no stumbling over words, easy to listen to.
    In short, a really good listen

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor
    ForkhillUnited Kingdom
    3/24/08
    Overall
    "Fab"

    I loved this book, it was a pleasure to listen too - the story was harrowing in places but funny in others. A great mixture, entertaining, harrowing and informative. All in all - well done and congrats.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Leicester, United Kingdom
    6/18/11
    Overall
    "Thought provoking"

    An excellent listen. Really makes you think about when you are lucky and when you are unlucky.
    Very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Ruislip, Middx., United Kingdom
    2/27/08
    Overall
    "Compelling!"

    A great read (listen?). The narrative is both compelling as an autobiography and full of information which helps those unfamiliar with the regions and individuals he describes to build up a clear picture of places, events and personalities.
    I listen to audiobooks in the car and often found myself deliberately taking the long route so that I could listen to more of this book on my trips!
    The dedicated 'arabist' may find that some of the mis-pronunciation of arabic words names and places grates occasionally but overall this is not a reason for putting this on your 'must have' list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nikki Kat
    Wales
    12/29/12
    Overall
    "Blood and sand"

    'Blood and sand' is a compelling story of bravery, and the physical and mental trauma Frank Gardner faced as he fought to recover from potentially fatal gunshot wounds. His spirit in the face of such trauma is astounding and I found the story moving as well as lighthearted in many places. The narration by Alistair Petrie is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.