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The Forgotten Highlander Audiobook

The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Phil Paisley, United Kingdom 06/03/2015
    Phil Paisley, United Kingdom 06/03/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BillyBlackBear South Wales 31/07/2014
    BillyBlackBear South Wales 31/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 07/11/2010 Member Since 2016
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    "this is good"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, United Kingdom 16/07/2010
    Sheila Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, United Kingdom 16/07/2010
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Willet Norfolk 23/12/2016
    Clive Willet Norfolk 23/12/2016 Member Since 2012

    An addictive reader, with a broad selection of many types, styles & genres.

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    "Echoes of Savage Times Past."
    What did you like most about The Forgotten Highlander?

    The gentle drama of the authors' war, prisoner of war experiences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Highlander?

    There are several; marching and riding to the 'Death Railway' also the journey in 'The Hell Ships'. Surviving the second Atom Bomb.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The apparent calm of the author. The events are delivered in a 'Matter of Fact' style, very successfully


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This Story Undermines 'Bridge on the River Kwai' in so many ways.


    Any additional comments?

    A marvellous, long overdue narrative, from 75 plus years ago. It really lifts the lid on so many cans of worms, which have in many ways, have been left unsaid.

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    Amazon Customer 15/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible book"

    I highly recommend this book, it's an incredible personal story. It's very well produced, too.

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    Cleon W. 20/10/2014
    Cleon W. 20/10/2014

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    "Chilling"
    Any additional comments?

    This story has remained hidden until now. It needed to be told!This is the real story of the Men who were forced to work on the Burma railway, the story previously told in 'The Bridge over the River Kwai', but as Alistair says, 'we didn't have khaki uniforms, we were naked, and no one had the strength to whistle Colonel Bogie'.

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    Anna Raikes 14/08/2014
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    "Amazing and shocking!"
    What did you like most about The Forgotten Highlander?

    Exceptionally well written and narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    A very frank and detailed account of his appauling ordeal


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All aspects of this book were very interesting and easy to listen to


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

    This book made me very proud of our forgotten hero and very upset at his treatment


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone. I enjoyed listening to Mr Urquhart's experiences as a POW of the Japanese, but was equally shocked at his treatment at the hands of his captures and also by our own Government upon is return. A real eye opener and very moving

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    Alex Mayfield, United Kingdom 17/03/2014
    Alex Mayfield, United Kingdom 17/03/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Humbled and awestruck"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten Highlander in three words, what would they be?

    Incomprehensible, astonishing, inspiring


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alistair, for obvious reasons!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoy is the wrong word but what was endured in the punishment pit, must have been suffering so far, way, way beyond, anything I've ever experienced, I simply can't comprehend it. To have made it through that alone is a truly astonishing feat of resiliance.


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

    Yes, enlightening about people: the ingratitude of the privilaged, the sadism of those in power and how kind and amasingly resiliant some people can be.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. If only more of his generation shared their thoughts but I understand why they do not.

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    Keith 27/10/2013
    Keith 27/10/2013
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    "Unforgettable and an insight of The Forgotten Army"
    Where does The Forgotten Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I have heard


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way that it lead from one area to the next


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    I did I had tears in my eyes


    Any additional comments?

    I was very glad I had ordered it

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    25/05/10
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    "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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  • george
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    28/10/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Xavier Pirla Llorens
    05/05/17
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    "Amazing survival story!"

    I loved it since the first chapter. An amazing story worth to be read. Good choice.

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  • David Sabo Jr.
    10/03/17
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    "Amazing Story"

    Amazing story detailing the horrors of war and the resiliency of the human spirit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/02/17
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    "wow"

    if you want a story to really affect you and make you reflect, read this.

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  • Chris
    10/01/17
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    "enjoyed the book"

    Book was great although I'd recommend the full version if you are truly interested in this subject of WW2.

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  • Amazon Kunde
    27/12/16
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    "What a story! "

    This story is so horrific that I will make you cringe. Very happy to have been lucky enough to miss all of that savagery. This books made me reflect on what comfort en dignity i enjoy in my life.

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  • SMR
    26/12/16
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    "Powerful Story"

    This story is powerful and must be heard by everyone. If you believe in the power of discipline and the human spirit, you will appreciate this.

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  • Mrs.Robbins
    17/12/16
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    "great story"

    I loved it. I'm always a sucker for honest and tragic tales of war. Truthful heroic truly inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    26/06/16
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    "Very Humbling - Outstanding Performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Highlander to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is a mind blowing story, the narration is spot on and the grit that got those men through really does come out in the story. There is only one really main character.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    It is mind blowing, the narration is spot on and the grit that got those men through really does come out in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, totally.


    Any additional comments?

    Aside from being a story that conjours up horrific scenes of suffering and resilience, this story is extremely well narrated and takes you there with detailed descriptions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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