January 1991: IRAQ. Eight members of the SAS regiment embark upon a top-secret mission to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines. Under the command of Sergeant Andy McNab, they are to sever a vital underground communication link and to seek and destroy mobile Scud launchers. Their call sign: BRAVO TWO ZERO.
Each laden with 15 stones of equipment, they tab 20km across the desert to reach their objective. But within days, their location is compromised. After a fierce fire fight, they are forced into evasive action. Four men are captured. Three die. Only one escapes.
For the survivors, however, the worst ordeal is yet to come. Delivered to Baghdad, they are tortured with a savagery for which not even their intensive SAS training has prepared them.
Twenty years from its first publication, Bravo Two Zero still sets the gold standard for military memoirs. It is a breathtaking account of Special Forces soldiering: an action-packed chronicle of superhuman courage, endurance, and dark humour in the face of overwhelming odds.
©1993 Andy McNab (P)2014 Random House Audiobooks
So glad to have finally got round to this (audio)book. The narrator was perfect for the characters (although took 5-10 minutes to get used to his voice...persevere). This true story is enthralling and everyone can draw inspiration and learnings for their own life.
All I can say is this is a MUST listen to anyone interested in this type of book. The narration by Paul Thornley is fantastic.
I listened to this book over a few days on the way to work.
Andy seems like a tough cookie. The story gets pretty dark but he stays strong throughout.
The narrator let it down a bit, he reads the entire book like its a list with the same inflection on every sentence.
Haven't read the print version, so can't compare, but the unabridged audio did not disappoint
The closest comparison I can make to any audio book I've listened to is Keith Richards' autobiography. Different subject matter of course, but similar in that they are very well written accounts of people who have actually achieved incredible things (as opposed to your average lightweight celeb-ography)
Probably the bits near the beginning where they're stealing each others' equipment and have to be on guard for others pinching from them. It reminded me of my part of the NHS where we have hotdesking
How many people really have the balls to do this kind of stuff???
Recommended. If it wasn't a true story, you'd hardly believe some of it
Well structured and thought out book. An amazing story from a real hero.
Good choice of audio reader which made the book even more enjoyable.
I frequently took the long route home from work to listen. Gripping stuff that had me howling in laughter in some points and physically wincing in others, the kind of thing you do when a mate is describing a particularly tasty injury or cut to you in the pub. I listened to immediate action before this book which turned out to be useful too.
I've been obsessed with the sas all my life! This book did not disappoint, perfect balance of the grittiness of war and human tendency of being made of flesh and bone (if you know, you know). Expertly written and narrated, it's simply a must have, I've listened to it more than once and it never gets old!
It's a classic !!!
"detailed and rich story "
nice listen. rich narration of accents. you could actually feel the pain in the story
"excellent story of will to survive"
amazing story, good performance by narrator, must listen too, shows the dark side of humanity
"Great read and wonderful performance. Real to life"
The fact that I could relate to it having a relative that is in the armed forces
The mail Character in the book
It kept me interested from start to finish.
If you like real to life stories that are military related, you will love this book!
awesome audio book. the paper back was just as good. A real observation of how war really is compared to misconceptions put forward by those less Informed.
"Give it a go!"
Great book! Incredible story of survival! You won't believe what he endured!
House to house
The Narrator is rubbish, he read each sentence like a declaration... VERY disappointing - ruined the book for me and I couldn't concentrate on anything but the narration. Too bad Andy didn't narrate the account himself, because this is an EXCELLENT read!
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