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  • The Chosen Few

  • A Company of Paratroopers and Its Heroic Struggle to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan
  • By: Gregg Zoroya, William H. McRaven - foreward
  • Narrated by: Gregg Zoroya
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The story of one of the Afghanistan war's most decorated units and their 15-month ordeal, culminating in the Battle of Wanat, the deadliest battle of the war. A single company of US paratroopers - calling themselves the "Chosen Few" - arrived in eastern Afghanistan in late 2007 hoping to win the hearts and minds of the remote mountain people and extend the Afghan government's reach into this wilderness. Instead, they spent the next 15 months in a desperate struggle, living under almost continuous attack, forced into a slow withdrawal, and always outnumbered by Taliban fighters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A sad reality

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-01-19

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-19

One of those great books, that I could not leave alone. God Bless you all.

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,603

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

A Good Listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-18

I enjoyed the story, as I always enjoy listening to tails of human resilience.
Well worth a listen.

  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Moving

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-18

My late Father was special forces and his PTSD eventually killed him. I also suffer with it, as the result of a childhood illness.
I salute the bravery needed to write this book and only hope the author found it a Cathartic process.

  • Ascent

  • By: Sir Chris Bonington
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Hear Sir Chris Bonington's extraordinary story, read by Gordon Griffin. His memoir, Ascent, charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger and the Himalayas - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Hart on 17-01-18

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-18

I was 5 years old in 1975 and read books about Chris in my school library.
He inspired me as a young man to explore the outdoors.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others

  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valour
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 130

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really gopd

  • By jamie on 05-11-16

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-18

My late Father was special forces and I was raised tough. There are few books that make me shed tears, but this was one.
Thank you

  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listen

  • By Paul C on 01-09-17

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-17

My Father was former special forces and never spoke of his time in the service.
I appreciate so much hearing the stories of devotion to cause and brotherhood and thank the author for for sharing his story

  • Easy Company Soldier

  • The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'
  • By: Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 88

Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No words. .. Thank you Don M

  • By gavin on 16-07-15

Stunning

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-17

I have been a big fan of the Band of Brothers stories for many years. This book is written with so much warmth and sincerity. I loved it from start to finish.

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  • Just Ask the Universe

  • By: Michael Samuels
  • Narrated by: Brandon Massey
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Just Ask the Universe is not a book of New Age gobbledygook filled with empty promises. Angels won't fly from above and touch you while you're listening. You will not be asked to practice unusual or tedious rituals. There will be no preaching or sage advice and there will most certainly be no channeling of your inner chakras or dressing like Friar Tuck. Just Ask the Universe is a realistic guide to personal development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Look within - The universe has the answer!

  • By P. Thompson on 31-01-16

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-16

This is a very well written and easy to understand book.
I had a serious illness as a child that left me with anxiety and PTSD. I became very angry as a result of the disability I was left with and guess what, I attracted more negative outcomes.

After years of being unhappy with my lot, I decided to turn my life around. I have only been working with these principles for a short while, but I have already gratefully received some things that I thought impossible a short while ago.

Give it a go, what have you good to lose apart from the cost of the book and some time?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful