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  • Painting the Sand

  • By: Kim Hughes
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 578

Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much respect !

  • By Tony Hanley on 13-02-18

Excellent and compelling listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-17

I can't fault the content or the narrater, it was a fantastic book and it was a shame when it ended. It was easy to listen to and captivating with the real-life tales of war. Great book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Stop Me Now

  • 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
  • By: Vassos Alexander
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...). Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened whilst running!

  • By Rachel Parnham on 14-09-16

Enjoyed the content - but hard to keep up with

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-17

Having really enjoyed my last 'running/ultraman themed' book, I was looking forward to this as the reviews were good and the synopsis also.

The content of the book is good, funny and light - well what I can keep up with and this isn't a running pun.

I found the delivery and order of the book really jerky and I had to overly concentrate to work out what part of the story tI was in or was it a personal anecdote or a story from someone else. There was far too much movement around in the story for my personal liking, which is a shame. I had to turn off a few times as it was giving me a headache.

I was only listening to this on a commute, so generally little distractions that would cause me to lose concentratiaon but I couldn't imagine trying this book on a run - which I know isn't it's sole purpose but generally these types of books are a good running companion.

Whilst Vassos comes across well in the audio and had good pitch and tone variations I'm not the structure has helped with this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful