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Break Point

Narrated by: Ollie Ollerton
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Ex-Special Forces' soldier and host of SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton narrates his incredible story for the first time. 

Where is your break point?

Is it here? 

Facing the gruelling SAS selection process on one leg, with a busted ankle and the finish line nowhere in sight?

Or here?

Under heavy fire from armed kidnappers while protecting journalists en route to Baghdad.

Or, is it here? 

At the bottom of a bottle, with a family in pieces, unable to adapt to a civilian lifestyle, yearning for a warzone.

We all have break points to face - at the gym, in the office, in our personal lives - those moments of self-doubt where we have to dig deep, and find something within to grab hold of and push us through. 

Ex-Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton has faced his own break points and now he tells us the lessons he has learnt along the way. From survivor of a freak childhood attack to elite fighter, Ollie's incredible story features, high-speed shoot-outs, counter-terrorism and humanitarian heroics. 

Special Forces soldiers are not supermen. Bullets don't bounce off them. They don't hit the target with every shot. They have the same vulnerabilities and doubts as the rest of us. But ordinary people can achieve the extraordinary, under the greatest pressure, in the most challenging situations. 

Ollie's life has taught him that everyone has the capacity for incredible achievement, because it's only when it's crunch time, when you're down to your last bullet - when you're at break point - that you find out who you really are.

Ollie Ollerton co-hosts SAS: Who Dares Wins alongside Ant Middleton, Jason Fox and Mark Billingham.  

©2019 Ollie Ollerton (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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  • Douglas
  • 06-28-19

Marketing for his company

Throughout the book I couldn't shake the feeling that the author considers himself a pretentious sbowflake. He is a selfish self-absorbed individual and a hypocrite, having abandoned his family for his own thrills and self interest. He deliberately put other people at risk for his own interests. He spends time saying how he doesnt conform to normal life and isn't a bully in the army while as a kid he was a priviliged fuck up who went around walking around with a shotgun shooting over peoples heads like a psychopath.

He certainly is no role model for anyone and such a loose cannon that the fast majority of listeners will not take away much valuable advice or information to use in their own lives.

There is fundamentally very little description of the action he has seen and seems like he saw more action in the Iraq conflict as a private security mercenary than he ever did as a soldier.

The first half of the book is him trying to explain and justify why he was a fuck up in school, the middle part was the most interesting , somewhat comparable to "Wolf on Wallstreet" with drugs, sex and scandal and very well read, but coming to the last 2 hours of the book it simply becomes him praising his new company and how great it is to help businesses - which then made me realise that the whole book is just one big marketing ploy and at the end I regretted ever starting the book

Little use for people interested in veteran stories or life advice.

I'd give it a pass next time and listen to a different book

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  • Sally Fisk
  • 07-08-19

Do not read if you are happily married

I have found this book insulting, he constantly puts down men that are married with a mortgage to pay. To Ollie this a pathetic existence, drinking, drugs and womanising are what a man should be doing to get fulfilment out of life. And don't bother being around to look after your kids either.

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  • Trident
  • 08-09-19

Great, up to a point.

The book is excellent up until the criticism of people working 9-5 in an office. One mention would of been enough but it just became annoying and patronising to keep banging on about it. Talking about normal people in normal jobs lead unfulfilling lives yet he's happy to take their money off of them for his courses and books, seems hypocritical and ironic to me.There is almost a slight air of superiority about the guy. He talks about the wrongful stereotyping of soldiers/special forces guys being bullies, know-it-alls and superior in every way but unfortunately, this is the way he comes across and does little to change your mind. The final part of the book is just promoting his business. Swerve this and try something else.

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  • Cian
  • 05-24-19

Disjointed sales pitch... unlikeable+antagonising

Jason Fox's book is the one to go for if looking to read something by the Who Dare's Wins crew.

If interested in the SAS, Ben McEntyres history is superb.

If generally like military books; Wellum's First Light about piloting a Spitfire in WWII is superb.

Low Level Hell and Chickenhawk are about helicopter pilots in Vietnam and are both compulsive, incredible accounts.

So many great options; skip Break Point, its garbage... subjectively of course.

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  • Paul
  • 09-07-19

Self opinionated

Wow, disappointing, to be told how anyone in a 9-5 job is wasting their life and has no meaning.
Very judgemental book

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  • Paul
  • 06-19-19

Disjointed

Book seems to jump around a lot with not much continuity. Came across as another juvenile delinquent who went off the rails and got rescued by the army. Spends a lot of time slating normal people with normal lives, who work hard at their jobs, marriages and families. Perhaps he can’t see these people are the success stories, not those who run away from it.

This one wasn’t for me, the Jason Fox and Ant Middleton books were a much better read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-19

A disappointment

I hoped this would be good, but it was another disappointment.

Little in the way of SBS and way too much slagging off of “ordinary” people. I get it, you’re amazing, we’re dull. But coming from someone who until he got offered a TV contract was a neglectful, selfish drunk, that doesn’t really bother me.

What did bother me were two things, one that he’s peddling The Secret drivel of wishing for something and you will get it and if you don’t it’s your fault not The Secret’s fault. Secondly, the book increasingly became an advert for his Break Point training courses which are for the very people he appears to loathe. Not really sure how my company rewriting its Mission Statement would bring in the bucks when no bugger reads them or cares about them in the dull world of corporate reality.

However he’s obviously lucky, fit and determined and I like the tv series, so I’ll not return the book. I did feel like I didn’t want to actually support his life through my purchase, so guess I went off him as I read on. I’m ex military so can relate to a lot and the drinking culture is a serious problem that it took me years to realise was a problem and that most people didn’t drink like me. I quit a few years ago.

Anyway,first half was interesting, last quarter was insulting at times.

I don’t think he was great as a narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-19

Incredible listen, highly recommend

Best book I've listened to on Audible, Ollie has had a mad life and tells it very well.

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  • Nic Cronin
  • 05-02-19

By Strength and Guile

Well worth a read

Inspiring and motivating

Really pleased life has worked out for Ollie.

May the roads rise to meet you.

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  • Kathy Russell
  • 05-03-19

ONE OF THE BEST

Audiobooks I've ever heard. Ollie does a fabulous job narrating his story. Passionate and inspirational.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-19

Fantastic Listen

Great audio book, I found this one the best of the bunch from the 'Who Dares Wins' tv show hosts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-17-19

life changing! inspiring!

best book I've ever come across! when I was feeling lost, this book inspired me not to give up. thank you ollie!

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  • Jan Richardson
  • 05-25-19

A Must Read Excellent

This book promotes food for thought ... very motivating , loved listening to Ollie's story
Everyone should read this book..

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  • richard
  • 05-15-19

Fascinating, Raw and left me wanting more

i was anticipating a book on soldiering and being in a war zone and there is some of that ........however what grasped me was the raw truth about personal events,the use of visualisation, the way certain life events influence down the years , the subtle humour , the control of mind to push away fears - I loved It - Looking forward to your next one Olly :)

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  • F C.
  • 05-14-19

Great

This book has straightened out a few curves in my mind. So many times I felt like the story was written about my life.
Amazing