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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 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 358

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

Much respect !

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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: 13-02-18

Chillingly true life unglamorous account of fighting the terrorist war as a bomb disposal SNCO brings home the reality of being there and all the raw emotion that comes with that.

Im in awe of the sacrifices made by our troops that were made, and it’s also good to know that the authors views on whether it was actually all worth it, were not suppressed.

The audiobook puts you in the middle of it all.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gerald Ratner: The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again

  • By: Gerald Ratner
  • Narrated by: Gerald Ratner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 220

In 1991, Gerald Ratner was booked to make what should have been an everyday speech at the Institute of Directors. Should have been. When the word "crap" came out of his mouth in connection with products sold by his company, it all turned out slightly different. The Rise and Fall...and Rise Again tells the full story, in Ratner's own words, of what led him to that point, the horror of the immediate aftermath, the fallout, and the comeback. This is the first time Ratner has given his side of the story. And what a story it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up!

  • By gregory oconnell on 25-12-17

18 carat story

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

Reviewed: 13-01-18

First review ever so bear with me

If Gerald Ratner hadn’t dropped the monumental clanger in his speech at the IOD it’s likely his story wouldn’t have seen the light of day.
He narrates a real raw, unsullied, up down up, according account of his world, growing up in a tight family business community.

I really enjoyed listening to his determination and commitment in overcoming numerous business and personal adversities including an immensely strong fatherly influence, some blindingly good luck, bad decisions and all the things that just happen in business.

Gerald Ratner would in my opinion, rank by a country mile above the glitz and glamour of Sugar, Branson and the like as he tells his story exactly as it is, and a unique character.