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SAS: Rogue Heroes Audiobook

SAS: Rogue Heroes: The Authorised Wartime History

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.

The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men willing to take monumental risks. It is a story of the meaning of courage.

©2016 Ben Macintyre (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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    "Brilliantly executed book."

    This is the most comprehensive and detailed account of the SAS that I have ever read, or indeed listened to.
    From the initial idea that formed in Sir David Sterlings mind through to the temporary disbandment of Special Forces at the end of WWII. Ben Macintyre explores and makes a bloody good job of defining the main characters and his research to put this much detail into the the events chronicled is astonishing.
    This book, for me, is a testament to the bravery, and daring of the first men who understood their Regimental motto. But beyond that, it also tells of the foolhardy and sometimes downright idiotic exploits of those same men.
    To a man they were all heroes, but the man who stood quite literally head and shoulders above all, Lt Col Robert Blair "Paddy"Mayne.
    This is bloody good listen and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy listening to the extraordinary exploits of of extraordinary people in our history.

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    Mr F. 25/01/2017
    Mr F. 25/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Exceptional insight. Rather monotone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is a true to life account of the story of the regiment. A brutal history. The attention to detail shown is perfect. Not too much war jargon etc.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative I have is the monotone way in which it was read. Little to no life was brought to the fore. I appreciate this is, in essence, snippets from the archives and diaries etc But I found it droning from time to time.

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    T. Wyles 08/05/2017
    T. Wyles 08/05/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Yet more astonishing bravery from those who serve"

    The story is a fascinating story hidden for 70 years. It's hard to imagine the bravery and hardship endured by these pioneers and yet the overwhelming sense of suck it and see almost makes the adventures seem quaint. To consider it so, however, would do a grave disservice to those who feature here.

    The author narrates himself and does so well - never being overly dramatic and instead allowing the tale to unfold naturally.

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    Adam Mcneill 08/05/2017
    Adam Mcneill 08/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "We really had no idea.."
    What made the experience of listening to SAS: Rogue Heroes the most enjoyable?

    The simple clear way the drama unfolded, these guys had nothing to start then they became heroes. (Unknown Heroes)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SAS: Rogue Heroes?

    The aeroplane landing in the desert. The deaths of the lost men from their jumps.


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

    I have not listened to Ben Macintyre.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dog...


    Any additional comments?

    Remember and mount your machine gun, Always handy to know a little German

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    A V Byelong 03/05/2017
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    "The best army story I have ever heard"

    Excellent and very inspiring. A great story, full of characters and real heroes. A must for anyone interested in military history.

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    "Very enjoyable book"

    Fast paced and exciting insight into the history of the SAS and very good narration.

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    C. A. Salmen 09/04/2017
    C. A. Salmen 09/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    I fantastic book with some amazing real life characters and some inspired stories from a desperate time in history

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    "Very good indeed."

    Very well written and preformed. Gripping from beginning to end. A great account of the history and the people that lived and died for freedom.

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    "Brilliant"

    A captivating read about heroism and audacity in the face of constant danger and death.

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    alex mcfarlane 03/03/2017
    alex mcfarlane 03/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Real Heroism"

    Incredible story of ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
    I had known about the formation of the SAS for some time, aware of when it was started, it's founder and it's initial aims.
    What I wasn't expecting were the personal stories of the men, mostly extremely brave with a complete disregard for personal safety, some very compassionate and caring, others completely cold and ruthless.
    Told in a proper time line and drip feeding the main characters so as to get to know each one as the story progresses, the Author/Narrator paints a vivid picture of raids across North Africa, onto The Italian campaign, working with the Resistance in France and culminating with the final push into Hitlers Fatherland.
    This is the British/Commonwealth/Volunteers "Band of Brothers". All it needs now is to be made into a movie series.
    "Top Hole, What What".

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    "McIntyre narration and great narrator."

    I am fascinated by The men who made a difference and won the War.
    And these Roque heroes are real characters.
    I have read all of Ben McIntyre's books.
    This one is unique!

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