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Blood & Sand Audiobook

Blood & Sand

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Publisher's Summary

On June 6th 2004, in a quiet suburb of Riyadh, BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner and cameraman Simon Cumbers were filming a programme on al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia when they were ambushed by Islamic gunmen. Simon was killed outright. Frank was shot and lay pleading for his life. A figure pumped four more bullets into his body at point blank range. Against all the odds, he survived. This is the remarkable account of his agonising journey to where he is today.

© Frank Gardner; (P)Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"[Gardner's] terrible experience only makes his analysis all the more telling." (Evening Standard)
"He paints his love affair with the Middle East in vivid terms. His struggle with paraplegia as a result of his wounds has not diminished his affection for the area." (The Herald)

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    Kim 05/07/2007
    Kim 05/07/2007
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    "good listening"

    wether or not you listen/watch the news, this book is enthralling, the information is absorbed without realisation that you might have actually learnt something!.
    Informative without being boring.
    The narrator is well spoken, no stumbling over words, easy to listen to.
    In short, a really good listen

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Staplehurst, United Kingdom 15/01/2011
    Margaret Staplehurst, United Kingdom 15/01/2011
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    "gripping and enlightening"

    Consummately well read, the book grabs you from the first scene - the shooting of Frank Gardner and his cameraman in Saudi Arabia. There are many other almost equally impactful passages, especially near the end of the book when Gardner describes, unsparingly but always with great courage, his medical treatment and the effects of the shooting on his life. However, equally valuable is the picture he paints of the Middle East, depictions of Arab countries and cultures generally unfamiliar to Westerners which he gained access by his fluency in Arabic and his thirst to know and experience them as much as possible from the inside.

    Gardner ends his book hoping he may have contributed in some measure to a wider appreciation and understanding of the Arab world by these 'insider' portraits, and personally I felt he had opened windows and illuminated ideas which previously I had only dimly considered - in connection with spinal injury as well as with the Middle East. It is an absorbing, many-facetted book which I totally recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor ForkhillUnited Kingdom 24/03/2008
    Eleanor ForkhillUnited Kingdom 24/03/2008 Member Since 2014
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    "Fab"

    I loved this book, it was a pleasure to listen too - the story was harrowing in places but funny in others. A great mixture, entertaining, harrowing and informative. All in all - well done and congrats.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Leicester, United Kingdom 18/06/2011
    Karen Leicester, United Kingdom 18/06/2011
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    "Thought provoking"

    An excellent listen. Really makes you think about when you are lucky and when you are unlucky.
    Very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 27/02/2008
    Simon 27/02/2008
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    "Compelling!"

    A great read (listen?). The narrative is both compelling as an autobiography and full of information which helps those unfamiliar with the regions and individuals he describes to build up a clear picture of places, events and personalities.
    I listen to audiobooks in the car and often found myself deliberately taking the long route so that I could listen to more of this book on my trips!
    The dedicated 'arabist' may find that some of the mis-pronunciation of arabic words names and places grates occasionally but overall this is not a reason for putting this on your 'must have' list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Smith-Morgan 23/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Like running through sand dunes"
    What did you like best about Blood & Sand? What did you like least?

    Mind numbingly narrated 9 hours for 40 minutes of interest.

    Simply not enough material for a book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Good newspaper article at best.


    What didn’t you like about Alistair Petrie’s performance?

    Lacked intonation.


    Could you see Blood & Sand being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    NA


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    møaksey London, UK 26/09/2016
    møaksey London, UK 26/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A powerful, informative, roller coaster of emotion"

    I loved this. I'd always known Frank's work and knew the basics of what happened to him in Riyadh, but this book gives the backstory behind the man. As a fellow Arabist, I connected with the story of his earlier days and how he developed his interest in the Middle East. The only criticism I have is that Frank's story is obviously far from over, although it's possibly too soon for part two. I'll definitely read his recently released novel, though, as I love his style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bookaholic 18/08/2016
    Bookaholic 18/08/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Journalism and bullets"

    Sad though this book is it was very interesting and he had the will to survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marcus 18/05/2016
    marcus 18/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful book"

    Informative, and so so moving. What a brave, and knowledgeable, man. And beautifully read by Mr Petrie. The sort of listen you don't want to end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philippa 29/01/2016
    Philippa 29/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Insightful, informative and inspirational. His depictions of the Middle East are so rich. A fascinating insight into the Arab culture. A remarkable story of recovery and overcoming great adversity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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