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The Forgotten Highlander

My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Summary

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .

This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

©2010 Alistair Urquhart (P)2010 Hachette Digital

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Fearless

I love this genre and have read many accounts of POW survivors but this is really excellent. Well paced with just enough detail to draw you in without getting bogged down in trivia but also shockingly frank. Alistair Urquhart could be anyone's grandfather and has recorded a very moving account of his internment including moments of bravery and cowardice. Wonderful!

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amazing story from a very brave proud man.

just listen to it! an amazing true story from an equally amazing man. I dont jnow what else to say, just listen to it.

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this is good

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and got a bit of history to boot.

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A Remarkable story

A gripping book written by an amazing man written when he was 90 after keeping silent for nearly 70 years about the horrendous treatment he and hundreds of others suffered at the hands of the Japanese. The writing conjures up pictures so sharp you would think the events took place recently. Apart from the horrors of life as a prisoner of the Japanese the callous treatment the men received on returning to GB is a revelation and does the reputation of the men in power after WW2 no credit at all. A moving, harrowing and fascinating tale of great courage beautifully read.

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Lest us Forget

Everyone should read this, we complain about how life is treating us and the unfairness of out existence but wow we don’t know how lucky we are Amazing guy amazing story and just a sheer will to survive with maybe some luck and guardian angels thrown in Just wish this story of not just the horrendous treatment enforced on all allied soldiers by the Japanese but the desire by the British and Japanese government to bury this Don’t think this would ever be made in to a film as it would take a director with some serious cohonies to tell the truth

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You mend to read this

It’s a true story,unlike movies this book details the true nature of World War 2 from an isolated perspective of one soldiers experience. I highly recommend this book.

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Important story, but unfortunately poorly written

Such a devastating story, but somehow it didn’t come alive for me. I ended up listening to it, because I thought I ought to. Weirdly it felt disrespectful not to.

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Great read. what a guy

Epic story of survival from a regular joe. Really enjoyed it. Amazing fast and interesting.

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Great book

I’m into my WW2 history and this was all new material for me. Unbelievable story of what the human body can deal with when it focuses on survival! Alistair is a legend!

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What an amazing story.

What an amazing story. Fantastic book with a great insight into one hero’s life. Bydand.

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  • 25-05-10

FANTASTIC

A simply horrofying story! I am amazed that this man did not die, or went insane!
Never in my wilded fantasy did I think the Japanese was this cruel. READ IT! It is an eyeopener. Only critical point is that the book is abridged. I would have liked to read the entire book, as the story seems a bit short.

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  • Jeff D. Kimball
  • 24-01-18

Gripping

If ever you need a reminder of how good you have it and how terribly others have sufferred... read this book. How one man can fight to stay alive through so much hardship is beyond comprehension. An amazing story.

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  • Elliott Ramsden
  • 20-08-17

Terrific and Terrifying

Read this book.

It will teach you about true suffering and true mental fortitude. This book has had a profound impact on how I perceive my own challenges. Alistair's humble lessons are encased in a story of unimaginable terrors.

The biggest lesson? Anything can be overcome with pure mental toughness.

The voice acting is exceptional.

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  • Austin Jarrett
  • 14-08-17

Never complain!

This story reminds us that our problems are not that bad. Complaining, comparably, seems silly.

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  • george
  • 28-10-12

Best WW2 eyewitness account, ever!!

I fell in love with Alistair Urquhart. I cried and cheered and I learned so much more about WW2 than I thought possible in one man's story. That he was still dancing 5 days a week at age 90 (2010) is a testimony to his strength of mind and body. 3 hours and 14 minutes that I highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-20

WOW!

I live by the motto of “There is no such thing as can’t.” This book is simply a life changing listen. Please do yourself a favor and listen to it all the way through!

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  • Neil Lumsden
  • 24-06-20

Harrowing story of survival in a Japanese POW camp

A very personal story told many years after the event by a British survivor of a Japanese POW camp and the emotional toll he carried through life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-20

Everyone should read this emotional book!

This was a short but incredible book. It was eye opening listening to the horrors that the author experienced at the hands of his Japanese captors. I believe everyone should read this book so all those great men who suffered are not forgotten

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-20

Jocko Podcast

Jocko Willink podcast brought me here. The Abridged version left out a few important details.

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  • Webb family
  • 15-04-20

Never complain

After finishing, I will never complain about anything in my life ever again. Touching story