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Brought to you by Penguin.

For Life's Everyday Battles - The first official self-improvement and leadership book from the world-leading Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Winston Churchill never surrendered. 

Prince Harry has fought for mental health around the world.

Tobias Ellwood risked his life to save others during the Westminster terrorist attack. 

Tim Peake became Britain's first astronaut on the International Space Station. 

Ed Withey even organised his wedding with military precision.

The one thing all of these individuals have in common? Their world-class Sandhurst training.

Stand Up Straight applies 10 simple but transformative lessons that every officer is taught during their time at the world-famous military academy. Modern and counterintuitive, with its lessons ranging from making your bed and ironing your shirt to achieving discipline, emotional intelligence, resilience and fast decision-making under pressure, the book draws on firsthand experiences from war as well as the leadership lessons taught at Sandhurst.

The result is a groundbreaking personal development book that can easily be applied to every aspect of civilian life - work, home, confidence, anxiety, family and friends.

©2019 Major General Paul Nanson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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"Fight your own battles with Sandhurst's self-help book." (Telegraph)

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Concise but interesting

General Nanson narrates the introduction in a clipped but energetic manner, unfortunately the remainder of the book is narrated in a fairly insipid fashion by someone who clearly is struggling to build much enthusiasm for the subject matter. The narrator sounds like they must be in their 20's or early 30's - a more mature and charismatic voice would have elevated the listening experience.

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Good book, wrong narrator

Audible made a disastrous choice of narrator here. Mr Solomon's soporific style is better suited to sleep mantras, bedtime stories and seaside snoozes - where I'm sure he would be a winner. However, for a leadership book entitled 'Stand up straight' his voice is horizontal, near monotonous. Sorry Mr Solomon, please don't get me wrong - I'm sure you're fantastic at other genres, but not this one. The book is pretty good - basic tenets of Sandhurst training distilled into 10 lessons, each one expanded and exemplified. I did RMAS (a very long time ago) and it certainly rings true, and Nansen is right that much of that training has stood me well in future life. Apart from the life lessons you also get an insight into the life of a Sandhurst cadet, and it makes good pre-reading for the commissioning course. I found it hard to take in what was being said because of the voice tone and stress, but it seems well-written and - in other circumstances - easily digested. Not recommended, just because of Audible's choice of narrator.

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Idiots guide to Sandhurst

If you are looking for a heads up on life in Sandhurst Military Academy then this book is going to help you, for everyone else it is irrelevant and quite boring. Additionally the talking is painful slow to listen.

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Inspiring Leadership Lessons

I bought this book on the basis of an interest in Military Leadership and preexisting admiration of former Armed Forces Officers that I have worked with in the private sector. Although the narration can be a bit slow and sleep enducing the content is first class and so applicable to every day life. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant and Insightful

A fantastic insight into life at the RMAS and excellent skills that can be applied to everyday life. A definite must listen!

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Great book with some powerful personal vinyets. The main voice over hits the correct tone for this type of audio book.

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From an Officer who has been thsre anx done it, an easy explanation of what makes the British Officer and Army the best. Standards and understanding our men and women, by setting an example and being honest.

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Excellent story on leadership

Awesome book on leadership, morale values and how and why British army officers have the best training in the world!

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Life Changing

Loved the book, fantastic read. Interviewed Paul Nanson on a trip to Sandhurst and he's an incredibly down to earth and truly inspiring character. Even in simple conversation he spouts nothing but wisdom and pure leadership capability.
Fantastic man and a fantastic book.

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Nothing to see here

Incredibly disappointing. I thought this had the potential to be really interesting but, it is nothing more than a slightly lame self-help book. A very weak reader, I had to speed him up to get through it and the coup de grace 'Viz-count' was the cherry to top the performance.