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First Man In

Leading from the Front
Narrated by: Ant Middleton
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

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.

To survive the gruelling selection process to become a member of the elite, you need toughness, aggression, meticulous attention to detail and unrelenting self-discipline - all traits that make for the best leaders.

After 13 years' service in the military, with four years as a Special Boat Service (SBS) sniper, Ant Middleton is the epitome of what it takes to excel. He served in the SBS, the naval wing of the special forces, the Royal Marines and 9 Parachute Squadron Royal, achieving what is known as the ‘holy trinity’ of the UK’s elite forces. As a point man in the SBS, Ant was always the first man through the door, the first man into the dark and the first man in harm’s way.

In this fascinating, exhilarating and revealing book, Ant speaks about the highs and gut-wrenching lows of his life - from the thrill of passing Special Forces Selection to dealing with the early death of his father and ending up in prison on leaving the military - and draws valuable lessons that we can all use in our daily lives.

©2018 Ant Middleton (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The best book of the year. First Man In will supercharge your life. Incredible." (Tom Marcus, author of best seller Soldier Spy)

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Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

really enjoyed it, especially having Ant reading it. It made the whole experience more real. some great life lessons.

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Not what I expected at all

I expected a biography about his SAS career but got an incredible lesson on leadership, life and mental attitude. Absolutely brilliant, highly recommended. I hope he does more I think we can all learn a lot from Ant.

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Simply Brilliant!

Even if you have no interest in the army, SAS/SBS or the challenges of these companies, Ant Middletons book is a must read.
A well woven mix of humour, self help, self discovery and action, everyone can take something from it.
Now I have listened on audio book I will definitely be treating myself to the hardback copy.

A little warning; the language can be fruity, but it adds authenticity rather than detracts from the text.

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Very good read<br />

enjoyed the book, decent fella. Great story and I like his mind set. recommend this to anyone who wants to be inspired to get up and do something with their life and take it to the max

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A fantastic honest account

Great book and a great read with life lessons that everyone could do with learning from

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Inspiring

Most books be it paper or audible, normally take me a while to get into them, I can honestly say with my hand on my heart, from the moment I pressed the play button, I was hooked big time, a very inspiring listen, I’m actually contemplating listening again, just to make sure I heard everything, thank you Ant 👍

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Makes you look at yourself

This teaches you all the traits of becoming a good leader, this will work in any environment you chose to become a leader, this highlighted some of my weaknesses which i can now change.

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Inspiring

This autobiography doesn’t just let you an insight into someone else’s life, it gives you the mental tools to learn and better yourself and your life. After listening to this book I now have a completely new view on life and how I am going to live mine. The change it has had on me mentally is nothing but positive. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has hit a rough patch in life or even to anyone who wants to prepare for the future, that is what this book has done for me it has helped mentally prepare for future life and get what I can out of it.

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Unexpectedly amazing

This book really took me by surprise. Not that I wasn’t expecting a good listen, but it really captures the feel of what he went through.
It’s a good book to listen to for leadership skills but it’s just a brilliant listen and worth 6 odd hours of your time.

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Great book, add to your library!

Great book, plenty of leadership techniques and stories to keep you entertained throughout.
It's read brilliantly by Ant and finishes off a great book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-11-19

Superb from the beginning to the end!

This book is fantastic. Ant delivers a breathtaking story of many different times and experiences he has gone through in his life. The lessons I have learnt from this boom I will place into my own life. Brutal honesty from the bringing to the end.

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  • jacqui
  • 26-09-19

Uniquely inspiring

An absolutely fantastic audiobook. From the get go I was immensely inspired by the relevance of advice and lessons from Ant's life stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-19

An experience.

unbelievably good. Full of captivating anecdotes and important lessons one can apply to their day to day lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-04-19

Very good ready

First book I have finished in a long long time. Very good ready from a humble man. Great inspiration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-19

A great book on life.

Some fabulous life lessons and action. A must listen, easy to drop in and out of also.

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  • Ashley johnson
  • 18-03-19

Outstanding

So many incredible stories about his life and helps to show a perspective on life that everyone can relate to and not just people from a military background.

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  • Jimmy Naraine
  • 29-01-19

Recommended

Very well written book with great narration by the author. If you are into topics of toughening yourself up, military or personal development in general, you will enjoy it