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SAS: Rogue Heroes Audiobook

SAS: Rogue Heroes: The Authorised Wartime History

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.

The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men willing to take monumental risks. It is a story of the meaning of courage.

©2016 Ben Macintyre (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    Renee Klosters, Switzerland 11-08-16
    Renee Klosters, Switzerland 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "McIntyre narration and great narrator."

    I am fascinated by The men who made a difference and won the War.
    And these Roque heroes are real characters.
    I have read all of Ben McIntyre's books.
    This one is unique!

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    4/25/17
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    "Brilliantly executed book."

    This is the most comprehensive and detailed account of the SAS that I have ever read, or indeed listened to.
    From the initial idea that formed in Sir David Sterlings mind through to the temporary disbandment of Special Forces at the end of WWII. Ben Macintyre explores and makes a bloody good job of defining the main characters and his research to put this much detail into the the events chronicled is astonishing.
    This book, for me, is a testament to the bravery, and daring of the first men who understood their Regimental motto. But beyond that, it also tells of the foolhardy and sometimes downright idiotic exploits of those same men.
    To a man they were all heroes, but the man who stood quite literally head and shoulders above all, Lt Col Robert Blair "Paddy"Mayne.
    This is bloody good listen and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy listening to the extraordinary exploits of of extraordinary people in our history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr F.
    1/25/17
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    "Exceptional insight. Rather monotone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is a true to life account of the story of the regiment. A brutal history. The attention to detail shown is perfect. Not too much war jargon etc.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative I have is the monotone way in which it was read. Little to no life was brought to the fore. I appreciate this is, in essence, snippets from the archives and diaries etc But I found it droning from time to time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/15/17
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    "Very enjoyable book"

    Fast paced and exciting insight into the history of the SAS and very good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. A. Salmen
    4/9/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I fantastic book with some amazing real life characters and some inspired stories from a desperate time in history

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/5/17
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    "Very good indeed."

    Very well written and preformed. Gripping from beginning to end. A great account of the history and the people that lived and died for freedom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/31/17
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    "Brilliant"

    A captivating read about heroism and audacity in the face of constant danger and death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alex mcfarlane
    3/3/17
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    "Real Heroism"

    Incredible story of ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
    I had known about the formation of the SAS for some time, aware of when it was started, it's founder and it's initial aims.
    What I wasn't expecting were the personal stories of the men, mostly extremely brave with a complete disregard for personal safety, some very compassionate and caring, others completely cold and ruthless.
    Told in a proper time line and drip feeding the main characters so as to get to know each one as the story progresses, the Author/Narrator paints a vivid picture of raids across North Africa, onto The Italian campaign, working with the Resistance in France and culminating with the final push into Hitlers Fatherland.
    This is the British/Commonwealth/Volunteers "Band of Brothers". All it needs now is to be made into a movie series.
    "Top Hole, What What".

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  • J. Hollingshead
    Surrey, UK
    2/28/17
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    "Needed more pace"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Whilst the achievements of the SAS are never in any question the book seems to lack pace and direction. The story's of the units beginnings and initial missions is told without much feeling or interest. This meant that whilst listening in the car i often found my mind wandering as my interest had dropped.

    This is definitely a full account of the early days of the unit but it failed to grab my attention as i thought it would.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Macintyre? Why or why not?

    I have previously enjoyed Ben Macintyre's books so would definitely try another


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The pace and tone of the narrator turned monotonus after a while.


    Do you think SAS: Rogue Heroes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Details of more recent missions (if available) would be interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    2/15/17
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    "first book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of SAS: Rogue Heroes to be better than the print version?

    i'm not sure, i have previously read books by MacIntyre, and i do miss the pictures and illustrations in his books


    What about Ben Macintyre’s performance did you like?

    i like the fact he is the author, he knows the book, and reads it as he imagined it should be read


    Any additional comments?

    good book well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Egon
    England
    2/10/17
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    "Absolute must read/listen!"

    The story of the SAS. From its beginnings until it looked like the regiments demise....
    Historically, the sas name brings visions of black outfits, respirators and the Iranian embassy, but this reaches right back to one man's idea and follows it through to the end of the war.
    not blood thirsty but comical enough in an ironic way, this book was brilliant. read SPECTACULARLY well too. that counts for a lot.
    I genuinely couldn't wait to commute to hear the next episode of madness and downright ballsyness. needs a follow-up when the stuff gets declassified!!
    Will be revisited a few times, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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