• The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge and curses the miscalculation that robbed him of his freedom.

His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. He survives the gut-wrenching training regime, deployment to the jungles of Asia and the horrors of genocide in Rwanda before leaving the army to embark on a career as a security adviser.

His new life sees him pursuing criminals and gun-toting bandits in Papua New Guinea and the Solomons, protecting CNN newsmen as the US 7th Cavalry storms into Baghdad with the outbreak of the Iraq War and facing death on a massive scale as he accompanies reporters into the devastated Indonesian town of Banda Ache, flattened by the Boxing Day tsunami.

During his 24 days in an Indian gaol, Paul Jordan discovers that friendship and human dignity somehow survive the filth and deprivation.

The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

©2013 Paul Jordan (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Engaging Book - Misleading Title

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is a good yarn. It is essentially a autobiography or memoir of an interesting Australian guy. It really has minimal “SAS” content, but that may be a factor of the time frame of his service and that this is about the Australian SAS.

The author relates genuine and personal stories of his life and various jobs. The literary style overall is simplistic and overuses some metaphors “squadron of mosquitoes” is repeated too many times.

Sometimes the detail is tedious and ignores the Chekhov's gun principle that states that every element in a story must be necessary, and irrelevant elements should be removed; elements should not appear to make "false promises" by never coming into play. This alone can derail the storytelling in this memoir.

I found the training portion very interesting as it mirrors the selection procedure at Hereford. As a former infantry NCO, the contrast of the Australian mountain training and the British Army’s infamous “fan dance” in the Brecon Beacons was engaging. This grueling 24KM race up Pen y Fan and the other peaks is part of the SAS and Senior NCO courses, Brecon.

Overall it’s a solid tale, but it is not a book about the SAS.

Would you recommend The Easy Day Was Yesterday to your friends? Why or why not?

No, skip it.

Which character – as performed by Neil Pigot – was your favorite?

Neil Pigot was very dry, I imagine this was based on the material.

Did The Easy Day Was Yesterday inspire you to do anything?

Only to tell stories about the Brecon course in Wales.

Any additional comments?

A bit of a slog, but stick with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-31-18

Not what I thought it would be.

Bit disappointed really. I bought this hoping to hear about his army career. Three stars.

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  • ahooke
  • 07-16-18

Not what I thought

It is all about a guy who spends a few days in an Indian jail over a silly incident. Whether he was SAS or not irrelevant because the story is nothing about that.
It is actually quite boring, it could be related within a couple of chapters.

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  • Samuel Green
  • 08-03-18

not really about the SAS

this guy spends 90% of his time talking about a few weeks in a dirty prison in (I think) Nepal. Whilst filthy most of the people treat him well and sound quite nice. Whilst no doubt a traumatic experience it really isn't interesting enough to form the basis of a book. the structure of the book is also disjointed and whilst I felt a fondness for the author I can't help but feel he had better stories to tell us but didn't. I listed to about 70% of the book I couldn't continue. For me a brilliant ending would not have saved the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-18

a little tedious

seemed more like a report than a novel, the narration seemed a little lacklustre too.

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  • mr paul cussins
  • 05-07-20

Boring

A chore to listen to. Nothing happened. Don’t waste your credits here, or even worse, cash.

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  • Matt
  • 03-07-21

Not what I was expecting

It’s a compelling story but there were times I was wondering if it really was being told by an SASR veteran. The amount of bitching about being touched by men, the lack of adjustment to another culture even though it was in a prison and how hot and uncomfortable it was in prison was a bit much. Coming from an Australian with a special forces background I found that a bit embarrassing. Maybe being an ex British Paratrooper I was expecting more, the title of the book certainly leaves you expecting more. If there’s one thing I’ve taken from the book it’s that literally anyone can write a book about their life and get it published.

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  • Jonny C
  • 10-19-19

Expected more from this book

I got through this but never felt the story actually took off. Sort of peaked around the third chapter and never really picked up from there I felt.

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  • Victor Cartagena
  • 09-16-19

the worst audiobook ever.

the worst audiobook. no plot, mediocre story telling and flat. I tried to listen more but I could not continue.

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  • B. Foster
  • 09-02-19

Not what I was expecting

It appeared to be advertised as a memoir of the life of an elite soldier but instead turned out to be mainly the story of a short stay in a foreign prison. Whilst I cannot begin to imagine how horrendous this must have been, the events are disjointed and I wasn’t a huge far of the narrator.
Got about 3 hours in and couldn’t stick with it any longer

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  • Sean
  • 10-21-21

Very dull

Pretty boring with a couple of interesting stories. The narrator doesn’t help. Not much about the SAS either. Disappointing

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  • Shannen Twine
  • 07-26-18

Pure Aussie-tough with heart

This was the best narrators performance I’ve ever heard! Perfectly suits the tough as teeth heart of gold story. Get it! Now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-20

What a great story of this man's journey in life.

Couldn't help but laugh at time and sad at other times of what he and others had to go through.
I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-18

well worth the time

A very good true story, unpolished and real.
At times darkly comic with that laconic Australian attitude that sees so many Aussies take even the most harrowing experiences in their stride and just keep going if only to get to a decent brew or 5 minutes of shut eye before doing it all again.
Great book by Paul Jordan, perfect narration by Neil Pigot too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-21

Boring AF!

More interested in singing his wifes praises than anything else.
Definitely not worth the time.

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  • Sean Donoghue
  • 08-19-21

Awesome

Awesome eye opening read. Paul went through so much. was a very interesting read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Ripper of a story, and very well put together!

Mr Jordan claims he is not a writer, but i thought it was told in a brilliant, progressive way. Thanks for a mad read Jordo!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-21

What a top read

This is a great book and realy well narrated
Neil Pigot will be a popular narrater for sure
The story from Paul Jordan is very well written and the typical aussie sense of humour is clear as day..
Goes to show how much strife you can get in when its just not your day


Fantastic read (listen)

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  • Craig
  • 07-25-21

Yeah, alright

I wish publishes would tell these former SAS guys that nobody cares about their personal lives, or you know, hire an editor. To be fair, Paul did say upfront he wasn’t a writer, and he certainly delivered. It was an entertaining enough read, however it focuses heavily on his experience in an Indian jail after a mixup at the border. It’s only lightly peppered with dry accounts of a handful of stories from his army days, and a couple as a defence contractor after he retired. Not really why I bought the book. Top bloke though.

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  • DavidE
  • 06-23-21

Not about the SAS.

Gave up after Chapter 20 when the author was still whingeing about being locked up in an Indian Toilet/Cage/Prison. Don't bother.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-21

what an experience

certainly not a dull listen very Australian in its delivery straight forward blunt and funny... Is a slow burn but worth it