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Across an Angry Sea

Narrated by: Benedick Blythe
Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Summary

In early summer 1982 - winter in the South Atlantic - Argentina's military junta invades the Falklands. Within days, a Royal Navy Task Force is assembled and dispatched. This is the story of D Squadron, 22 SAS, commanded by Cedric Delves.  

The relentless tempo of events defies belief. Raging seas, inhospitable glaciers, hurricane-force winds, helicopter crashes, raids behind enemy lines - the Squadron prevailed against them all, but the cost was high. Holding fast to their humanity, D Squadron's fighters were there at the start and end of the Falklands War. Theirs was the first Union Jack raised over Government House in Stanley. 

Across an Angry Sea is a chronicle of daring, skill and steadfastness among a tight-knit band of brothers; of learning fast, fighting hard and winning through. 

©2019 Cedric Delves (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A good story let down by the narration

A really interesting insight into SAS operations in the Falklands let down by the shocking cadence of the narration.

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A great account but let down by the production

As a former Royal Marines officer it was great to hear such an honest and self effacing account that accurately portrays the realities of military operations without succumbing to the usual hype and bravado. The story is well worth listening to but the narrator's delivery is pedantry and dull. Also - I never cease to be amazed (or annoyed) that producers don't get someone with a military background to listen over recordings and correct any mistakes in pronunciation before going to publication. To give just one example, FIBUA (the military acronym for Fighting In Built Up Areas) is spoken as a single word rather than spelt out in individual letters as narrated. Other audiobooks on military subjects are also guilty of this but it's lazy and inexcusable - and it detracts from an otherwise good audiobook.

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A hard listen!! Narration awful.

I found this a hard listen, mainly due to the narration.
Sounded like he was reading the scores on a Saturday evening for the BBC. Ruined it for me.

Also I found the book was like sitting through a set of orders. Went too far in depth with the bigger battle picture, rather than just keeping it local at Squadron level. Could have spent more time talking about the blokes and their jobs and experiences during the war, rather than in depth battle pictures and tactics.

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Dreadful Narration

unfortunately this book is being I ruined by a chap who sounds like he is reading the shipping forecast or football results

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A superb recortd of events from the inside

Don't be put off by other reviews knocking the narrator. Whilst the style is tad staccato early on, I found his voice very easy on the ears, especially as the book develops. To allow yourself to be put off would be akin to watching your favourite team win lift the FA Cup only to complain about the sight of a nearby overflowing litterbin. Meh...bigger picture to be had.

I can't over emphasis what an important account this book is. It really gets deep into the strategy and mindset of the commanders. It serves to reinforce the quality of the soldiering and personalities of those who serve to make up the SAS. It also helps to lay flat the myth of the SAS somehow being a breed of invincible superhumans.


The book tells the story from the invasion to the outbreak of hostilities and beyond. The SAS were very much the spearhead of events but had superb backup from conventional forces, also highly professional. The helicopter insertion on the Fortuna Glacier, the backup of the naval 4.5 inch guns and the daring missile attack from a Wessex on the HQ in Stanley all feature in the book and interplay with the SAS actions.

Overall an excellent read from a first hand account and an incredibly sharp minded soldier. Absolutely recommended.

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Great listen

Good insight into the Falkland’s war from a special forces point of view. Highly recommended.

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Insightful, well read, fascinating!

I was a schoolboy when these events and… It really is interesting to hear about the detail, the thought processes and the real challenges. There is no trying to attend the SAS is a glamorous organisation, it comes across as just a thoughtful professional service doing the right thing in very difficult circumstances. I must say I personally really enjoyed how it was read too!

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First class account.

Top drawer stuff. Full of detail, perspective and honesty. Perfect narrator and a great combination of technical leadership skills with raw courage and grit.

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Fascinating

Not so much a story but more informative. What those men dealt with and how they dealt with the weather , adverse conditions, and lack of correct kit.. Still they prevailed. I truly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the History of the SAS..

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Superb!

This book grabbed me unlike any other true war story. The heroism depicted by all the personnel at South Georgia is staggeringly unbelievable. How they did what they did, beggars belief!

What an amazing book.

I thought that the narration was superb, indeed I initially thought that it was being read by the author.

Please listen to this book, this story needs to be heard!