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Editor reviews

The inimitable Spider Shepherd is at the very core of his training in SAS written by Stephen Leather and with an outstanding audiobook narration by British actor Paul Thornley. Listeners are taken into the depths of stifling jungles, across the freezing hills of the Welsh countryside and the foreboding plains in Africa. Hear Spider earn his trust among the leaders of the Sabre Squadron and the death-defying assignments he must endure as part of the drills. You will see another side of Spider that you’ve never seen before. Available now from Audible.

Summary

This collection of stories goes back to Dan “Spider” Shepherd’s SAS days, and the missions that shaped him. From his training in the welsh hills and the jungles of Belize, through to his early missions in Sierra Leone and the Middle East, these nine stories chart his rise through the SAS, and his involvement with the elite Sabre Squadron.

Along with his comrades Jimbo, McKay and Geordie, Spider puts his life on the line on active duty…and sows the seeds of his future career. We even discover how he earned his nickname....

©2014 Stephen Leather (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Awful

A collection of short stories that are so similar that you think you have heard them before in the same audiobook. Hate not to finish a book once started but this was painful to complete.

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A life in the SAS, Story by Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book takes elements of SAS training and puts a storyline to them.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way that I felt I was there ... almost

Have you listened to any of Paul Thornley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lots - I am a real fan and having run out of Andy McNab books I have now found Paul narrating Stephen Leather. All equally exciting and I think Paul really plays a major part in keeping my interest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a bit long - I do a lot of driving and some of the stories being about 90 minutes the length of each section was ideal.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work Paul - I will keep listening to the books you narrate !

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Publisher rather than author driven?

Story already know from other books
Lots of repetition about characters between chapters
Chapter 1 and 2 contradict when hero got his spider name
Every chapter ended with publisher sign off for a whole book VVVVV annoying
Great narrator
Vvvvvv disappointing

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feel like i know dan shepherd personally

loved every minute lots of short storys which all follow each other so u are never lost

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Spider Shepherd

I really enjoyed it nice little stories so no dragging the story out straight into the action.

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Excellent Listen

loved every minute of it! Great details in the story kept me listening for hours

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very good story

very good narrator excellent story line really independent story interesting and informative will definitely be getting another one

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A TRUE SENSE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN S.A.S

A real page turner as it were. I was in the Regiment but before middle east and it's as if a log of his work had been written daily. brilliant Book. well narrated too.

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Great collection of short stories!

Short but really packed with action stories.

Well written, read and performed.

Well worth it.

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Top Notch

Amazing story's all liked and great history and service of characters. Top notch writing

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Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Needs to be read for what it is, a collection of short stories. Recommend to anyone who like the rest of the series.

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