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Survivor on the River Kwai

By: Reg Twigg
Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
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Called up in 1940, Reg expected to be fighting Germans. Instead, he found himself caught up in the fall of Singapore to the Japanese.

What followed were three years of hell, moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river, building the infamous Burma railway. Reg made the deadly jungle work for him. With an ingenuity that is astonishing, he trapped and ate lizards, harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barber. That Reg survived is testimony to his own courage and determination, his will to beat the alien brutality of camp guards who had nothing but contempt for him and his fellow POWs.

©2013 Reg Twigg and Clive Medway (P)2014 Soundings

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  • Seasider
  • 07-13-14

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Where does Survivor on the River Kwai rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This man is incredible and despite everything he has no bitterness. A must listen

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  • John Lake
  • 10-10-16

Mr twigg

I found the book to be very interesting and informative especially in his young years as a lad in Leicester. His will to survive is a lesson to all. Awesome book a must if you're into ww11 .

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  • Englishspringer
  • 06-05-19

Truly moving

Wow - harrowing stuff! We are just about to go and visit Kanchanaburi and learn all about the history and horrors.
Unbelievable that the Japanese haven’t ever apologised and that we don’t learn about this at school.

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  • Mr Emmanuel F J Trainor
  • 04-11-18

Very emotional. Great Narration

Right from the outset, i could tell that this woul d be one of those books you 'couldn't put down'. A story of hardship and great determination, told extremely well.

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  • Marion
  • 12-18-17

An amazing memoir!

I lived in Bangkok for 2 years and visited Kanchanaburi, the Bridge over the Kwai, the cemetery, the Death Railway Museum, rode the train etc. many times with visiting family and friends, this story really struck home for me and the images of the jungle and surrounds brought up many memories. Beautifully written, heart wrenching and wonderfully narrated, it's so worth a read. Loved it.