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Danger Close

Commanding 3 Para in Afghanistan
Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, it became engaged in a level of combat that had not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War.

Undermanned and suffering from equipment shortages, 3 PARA fought doggedly to win the break in battle. Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost.

This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.

©2009 Colonel Stuart Tootal (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • mac
  • 01-25-15

Honest and accurate

I was part of the battle group in 2006 and fought along some of the brave men mentioned and those not. I have seen first hand Col Stuart's hands on approach in battle and can testify that I have never read a book as honest and true to the accounts of that tour as this. I commend the book to anyone who wants to have a sense of those days in Helmand.

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  • Ade
  • 03-30-15

Good book read by wrong style narrator

What did you like best about Danger Close? What did you like least?

True story written by someone on the ground, he's someone who leads from the front and has been there and done it. I bought a paper copy due to the narration.

Would you recommend Danger Close to your friends? Why or why not?

In book format yes. In audio book format, no.

What didn’t you like about Simon Shepherd’s performance?

I couldn't get into the book and I had to stop listening to it after a few chapters due to the narration.Simon Shepard is very clear in his reading but I’m sorry his voice just doesn't suit this type genre, he would more suited to something like hamlet, have a listen and you will get my point.When the book or any book describes rounds going off or comrades being killed and injured, some narrators put you right there, they have you on the edge of your seat. Listen to Apache by Ed Macy narrated Sam Hazeldine and you'll see what I mean, The story is great and the Narration is awesome.

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After reading the book in paper format, it's a good book I enjoyed it. The audio book is let down by the narration. Although clear and well spoken (very posh accent) when you're describing combat you need some grit. if this was read by Sam Hazledine i would have given it full marks.

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  • Jon-Paul
  • 04-18-15

A fantastic insight

A fantastic insight into the world of commanding a British Army regiment. I am very proud of the professionalism and commitment of our troops. It is a shame they don't get the lasting support they deserve from our government. Maybe the best modern war book i have read

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  • gaz617
  • 07-19-19

Fantastic insight to 3 Para

A very moving read Into the lives of the paras who served in Afghanistan on there first tour and an officer who loved his Tom,s .

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  • Ian
  • 07-12-19

great snapshot of multiple conflicts

it was a good overview of 3 para battle group of operations, again a few errors in reading 338 caliber somtimes was stated as 388.

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  • Andy C
  • 06-06-19

Well done sir

Colonel Tootal has given his career to support his troops and their extremely tough plights in Afghanistan
I was there is summer 07 and his writing is accurate and honest
His men love him but the weight of command bears heavy
Thank you and well done sir

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-19

Shame about the delivery

What is a fascinating account of modern warfare is severely let down by the reading. Often rushed and monotone it felt more like a dispassionate report.

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  • Andrew Tancock
  • 01-17-19

Great insight to war and sacrifice of our British forces

Very detailed account of there bloody tour of the brave men of 3 para battle group.
Also it was good to hear a different side of the same story’s from other books I have read .

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  • steven k.
  • 05-31-18

Excellent Work

A superb account of men in combat by those who know. The author has captured the essence of the Paras and also highlighted the abject failure of this country to look after our servicemen at all levels and in all circumstances.

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  • David Cross
  • 03-23-18

Fantastic and honest account of war

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a fantastic account of war and of leadership of a whole battle group. This is unique in as much as subsequent battle groups were better prepared for what they were to face whereas 3 Para went into in expecting something completely different. Very honest, funny but emotional at times.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. It made me laugh and cry. Emotional at times.

Any additional comments?

I thought the narration was good actually. A bit stilted at times but better than most other audiobooks I have listened to.