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The Forgotten Highlander

My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .

This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

©2010 Alistair Urquhart (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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  • Jacob
  • aarslevDenmark
  • 05-25-10

FANTASTIC

A simply horrofying story! I am amazed that this man did not die, or went insane!
Never in my wilded fantasy did I think the Japanese was this cruel. READ IT! It is an eyeopener. Only critical point is that the book is abridged. I would have liked to read the entire book, as the story seems a bit short.

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Terrific and Terrifying

Read this book.

It will teach you about true suffering and true mental fortitude. This book has had a profound impact on how I perceive my own challenges. Alistair's humble lessons are encased in a story of unimaginable terrors.

The biggest lesson? Anything can be overcome with pure mental toughness.

The voice acting is exceptional.

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Never complain!

This story reminds us that our problems are not that bad. Complaining, comparably, seems silly.

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  • george
  • Bathurst, Australia
  • 10-28-12

Best WW2 eyewitness account, ever!!

I fell in love with Alistair Urquhart. I cried and cheered and I learned so much more about WW2 than I thought possible in one man's story. That he was still dancing 5 days a week at age 90 (2010) is a testimony to his strength of mind and body. 3 hours and 14 minutes that I highly recommend.

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Best book ever

This may be the best book I have ever read. Get the book. Get it as soon as you can.

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Didn't realize how weak I was..

Great book, definitely worth a listen. If I ever feel like complaining about my situation in life, I hope I think back to this book. It's unbelievable how much suffering the human person is capable of withstanding. It was brutal to hear how the British government treated its POW's post-war but then again I'm not surprised, as their goal was to create Israel while the west was still in flames.

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Enlightening, Historically and spiritually

A harrowing tale of spiritual strength and survival in the face of inexplicable cruelty and the horrible darkside of human nature.

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Remarkable story of perseverance

Really worth the read. Such a great story that will make you grateful for what you have. This will definitely make someone tougher knowing what a human is capable of enduring. So good!!!

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Gripping

If ever you need a reminder of how good you have it and how terribly others have sufferred... read this book. How one man can fight to stay alive through so much hardship is beyond comprehension. An amazing story.

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<br />AMAZING

unbelievably Amazing raw story that needs to be told! it's rough but needs to be heard for many reasons

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  • Phil
  • 03-06-15

amazing story from a very brave proud man.

just listen to it! an amazing true story from an equally amazing man. I dont jnow what else to say, just listen to it.

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  • BillyBlackBear
  • 07-31-14

Fearless

I love this genre and have read many accounts of POW survivors but this is really excellent. Well paced with just enough detail to draw you in without getting bogged down in trivia but also shockingly frank. Alistair Urquhart could be anyone's grandfather and has recorded a very moving account of his internment including moments of bravery and cowardice. Wonderful!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-10

this is good

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and got a bit of history to boot.

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  • Sheila
  • 07-16-10

A Remarkable story

A gripping book written by an amazing man written when he was 90 after keeping silent for nearly 70 years about the horrendous treatment he and hundreds of others suffered at the hands of the Japanese. The writing conjures up pictures so sharp you would think the events took place recently. Apart from the horrors of life as a prisoner of the Japanese the callous treatment the men received on returning to GB is a revelation and does the reputation of the men in power after WW2 no credit at all. A moving, harrowing and fascinating tale of great courage beautifully read.

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  • Dean Mccarthy
  • 04-19-19

touching yet harrowing

such a sad story of ww2 as many are, this book has without a doubt been the best one yet. well told by the narrator and indeed well written by Alistair urquhart.

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  • adrian russell-smith
  • 01-07-19

gives you the story in unbelievable detail good b

a good book well written and good pace. eyewitness account tells you what it was really like

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  • Lifegyard
  • 11-15-18

I'm not crying, you're crying

inspirational story, gives some kind of insight into what horrors and ordeals Japanese PoWs went through. I know appreciate food more

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  • Jimbo
  • 06-10-18

Incredible

A beautifully written account of an astonishing man’s experience in WWII at the hands of the Japanese. Understated and stoic and utterly authentic. Extremely well read and totally engaging. Very moving indeed. Highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-18

Harrowing in many ways - superb story superbly narrated

This narrated book is the following - harrowing - unbelievable - shocking - inspirational - beggars belief that humans can treat humans so terrible - makes me want to sell my Japanese MotorBike but times move on and listening to this aged 4 months from 60 I have been in the Army and enjoyed it all - however towards the end he explains just how awful the forces treat war veterans from WW2 and that they still do the same today from Afghanistan and Iraq (ministry of defence hang your heads in shame)

God bless you Sir, for sharing this story xx

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  • The Judge
  • 04-21-18

Well Written & Read Heartbreaking Story

My grandad was a Jap POW too. This story resonates with the many others I have read. Incredible how bad the POWs were treated not just by the Japs but also the British government. Sadly the world continues to have governments doing similar things. But hearing people can endure and survive hardship is heartening. For all those who’ve endured this know you have been remembered and are considered heroic. Good bless one and all.

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  • Tim Goodman
  • 12-16-18

Honest. Open.

A beautifully read book that lays bare the horrific torture dealt out to Allied soldiers by people who claimed to have a warriors code but were little more than animals themselves.
Such a telling account of this period.
Worth a read just to understand better the true blows life can hand out and the adversity that the human sport can endure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-18

Amazing book by an amazing man

You need to read or listen to this book. A lesson in perseverance and overcoming from one of the most extreme periods in human history - allied POWs under Imperial Japan during WWII.