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  • Nine Lives

  • By: Aimen Dean, Tim Lister, Paul Cruickshank
  • Narrated by: Assaf Cohen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

As one of al-Qaeda's most respected bomb-makers, Aimen Dean rubbed shoulders with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden himself. As a double agent at the heart of al-Qaeda's chemical weapons program, he foiled attacks on civilians and saved countless lives, brushing with death so often that his handlers began to call him their spy with nine lives. This is the story of how a young Muslim, determined to defend his faith, found himself fighting on the wrong side - and his fateful decision to work undercover for his sworn enemy. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional first hand account of the Jihad ideology

  • By Richard on 17-03-19

Exceptional first hand account of the Jihad ideology

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Reviewed: 17-03-19

An exceptional first hand account from someone who has lived the life of a Jihad and fought for something bigger than himself. Some may argue that what he done was wrong but having listened to this book, and others like it, I get the distinct impression that Aimen was devout and merely wanted to contribute to the war in an effort to protect his brothers and sister - it was the corrupt and evil that perverted the honourable Muslims intentions.

Listen to this and understand that it’s not simply black and white good and bad but a complex world of ideology.

Brilliant!

  • Double Crossed

  • A Code of Honour, a Complete Betrayal
  • By: Brian Wood
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen, Brian Wood
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 108

At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy. Ambushed, he led a charge across open ground with insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross. But Brian's story had only just begun. Struggling to reintegrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, five years later, a letter arrived: it summoned him to testify at the Al-Sweady Inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brutal assault on the senses

  • By Mark on 22-02-19

Leading from the front

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Reviewed: 06-03-19

It's a cliche perhaps but it is clear to me that Brian led his men from the front, the fact that he was in such a position as to close with and engage the enemy is clear evidence of that fact.

The book describes in detail the emotions and complexities of serving as a front line soldier, its compounded for Brian because it would seem that a lot of what went on could have been avoided. Sometimes there are people in positions of authority who should stick their necks out a little - Johnny Mercer has bucked the trend most recently and he is flying the flag, his work to shame the IHAT enquiry is testament to his endeavours.

If you want to know what it is like to serve, how a solider is treated when accused of such atrocities then read this book. We were trained to fight, we are proud of the fact we are the best in the world at doing that, but we are definitely not blood hungry monsters. We abide by the values and standards and this set us apart from the evil that swarmed the Middle East, the people who may claim to be farmers, butchers and candle stick makers but are actually nothing of the sort.

  • Arabia

  • A Journey Through the Heart of the Middle East
  • By: Levison Wood
  • Narrated by: Levison Wood
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By Kindle Customer on 19-03-19

Don’t believe all your read

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Reviewed: 17-02-19

This book is for anyone who has an interest in the Middle East, the real Middle East, and not necessarily everything you might hear, see or read.

I work in Jordan and recognise so much of the what Levison talks about, he has hit the nail on the head when describing the complexity of the region but also the simplicity of life for the average person.

This story has made me realise that being here in Jordan is such a fantastic opportunity and I have plans to visit Oman, Bethlehem and possibly Lebanon.

Well worth a listen.

  • Team of Teams

  • New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
  • By: General Stanley McChrystal, David Silverman, Tantum Collins, and others
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional military tactics were failing. The allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment and training - but none of the enemy's speed and flexibility. McChrystal and his colleagues discarded a century of conventional wisdom to create a 'team of teams' that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralised decision-making authority.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Relevance to the modern leader.

  • By Mr Matthew J Fry on 08-01-18

Leadership is evolving

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Reviewed: 03-02-19

This audiobook is suited to those amongst us with a thirst for understanding what goes through the minds of those responsible for setting the leadership tone.

Leadership is rightly being discussed at an increasing level the BRITISH Army for example are now working to develop junior commanders much earlier than in the past, doing so in the knowledge that in the years to come the commanders will have the capacity to think beyond their rank slide.

The most significant take away for me is the theory of shared consciousness and the absolute need for people to be open and transparent, they should be fearful that keeping information back may inadvertently cause more significant issues in the future.

Brilliant book and one which I’ll undoubtedly reference for a while to come.