©2008 Andy McNab; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
The narrator gave this book an excellent degree of authenticity. The book was very disturbing and thought provoking. I have not read any of McNab's fictional titles, but this non fiction book gives a disturbing insight into the way that the real characters in the SAS are affected by the rigors of their profession. Well written and brilliantly narrated.
"Not all blood and guts"
Andy McNab's latest book has been a tough one to get through. Don't get me wrong, it's a page turner, but by the end I feel I should be writing to Whitehall and ranting about the post service lives of Britaind elete soliders.
McNab paints a picture of heroic daring do - real no nonsence fighting men who willingly give life and limb for Queen and Country, and how when they leave the Regiment many can't cope.
Suicide, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder seem to be everyday to these guys.
I can only agree with McNab that if we as a nation ask these men to die for us then we should be there to help them live a real and full life after their service.
"Enjoyable but a couple of minor faults"
I enjoy McNab books. Readers of his work will know that some books are definitely better than others. There is no getting away from that. This is a good factual account of his entry into the SAS and his experiences in this elite regiment.
However, there are far too many chapters. Every few minutes and I mean minutes, you hear Chapter 55, Chapter 56 etc etc? I am still on the second part and this is very annoying.
Some of the accents also grate - awful - one sounds like one of the Gallagher brothers on slow. Overall, the narrator does well but I am afraid there are failings. I would still recommend it but, to be frank, my small criticisms do interfere with the enjoyment. How many chapters does a book need?
"so far so good"
Half way through the second audio book I have ever had, and I just had to let you know. This is good, gritty, well paced stuff. The Narration is near perfect and I just do not want it to end. I nearly did the whole crying in the rain bit on my walk home while listening to the Northern Ireland Section. what a life...
Well don't expect any real insight into actual operations, I am certain he got involved in alot more! But if you want an insight into the absolute trust and comradeship between people and the bond between guys who depend on each other to survive, when it goes right and when it goes tits up then you will find this a book that you can't put down. I read it in one go. Excellent epilogue as well A++++
Second to "Bravo two zero".
McNab's account of his life in "seven troop" is in-depth and fascinating, made so by the brilliant narration of Paul Thornley, whom not only tells the story with clarity, but also makes a real effort with the voices and characterization that make up those that were in seven troop.
I thought this might be like a long winded version of Bravo Two Zero but it's not, this is a deep thought provoking insight into Andy's earlier years & relates a fascinating view of what it is like for a new SAS trooper, newly badged & slowly earning the respect & friendship of his piers. The book also goes into the lives & troubles of other SAS members & shows us that even these guys are not immune to the stresses of life & are not the robotic killing machines some people believe they are. Highly recommended !!!!
The absolute waste of talent & massive loss to the world of the suicides of Nish & Frank
"A great insight"
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend especially if like me they have an interest in the military
I love the way that the banter between the different members carries over both in the book and the performance of Paul Thornley.
It pervades the light heartedness that occurs in what was at times very high stress situations.
The end of the book, in which Andy McNab talks about the comparisons between modern soldiers duties and stress and those in previous wars, the first time I heard it reduced me to tears.
You realise that regular soldiers are now doing the jobs previously down by special forces everyday in places like Afghanistan and the problems this brings about in their personal lives.
I love most andy mcnabs books but i did not like this book as much, the content was ok the book stayed to the truth but i did not find the book as exiting than most of his other books. I love to hear paul thornley read books he reads with expreshion and you can hear the fun in his voice when the book needs it but he can be serious when he has to,
It is a good read, but seems to cover parts of mcnabbs life that he has covered in his previous book.
"Sorry, didn't do it for me"
Not sure if it was the simplicity of the writing or the slightly camp narration. I was expecting something more gripping than this. Not enough to get your teeth into in my opinion. Sorry.
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