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Few outside the security services have heard of 14 Company. As deadly as the SAS yet more secret, the operators of 14 Company are Britain's most effective weapon against international terrorism. For every bomb that goes off, 14 Company prevent 12. The selection process is the most physically, intellectually, and emotionally demanding anywhere in the world. This is the true story of one operator and of some of the most hair-raising military operations ever conducted on the streets of Britain.

©2016 James Rennie (P)2020 Pen and Sword Military

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Not sure how the narrator got the job.

This book is really very good if you have an interest in N.Ireland and the British army. It can come across as a little confusing if your not familiar with the lingo but it’s a very good read. By that I mean just buy the book and read it yourself. The narrator of this story is awful. His voice and pronunciation of words he clearly has no knowledge of just ruins the listening experience. Yes I would recommend this book but in paperback. You will have a better experience.

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A good listen but...

A good listen, really interesting but didn’t like the narrator, which spoiled it for me. He sounds very robotic and a bit dull....

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When you order your narrator from Wish

Great book spoilt by terrible narration.

I read this book a long time ago and decided to visit revisit it with the Audiobook.

What can I say? it's still a great book but ruined by the narrator. He seems to switch schizophrenically between accents for the same character, sometimes all in one sentence. The main character for example seems to switch freely between a sort of gruff sounding 'mockney' to what you might call a stereotypical army officer accent. Other failed attempts at accents are too numerous to list.

The recording seems to have been done in a single take with some simple words misread or mispronounced. This would be forgiveable if the same words were not read correctly later in the book. This give the impression that having known a mistake was made earlier, no one could be bothered to go back and edit!

Some simple research wouldn't have hurt either. the book features a lot of radio voice procedure. This was again completely unbelievable and came across more like a supermarket tannoy announcement.

If you can put all that aside, this is a great book.

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Narration lets it down

Decent book badly narrated.
Pronunciation of some of the areas, cars etc were so bad it was laughable.

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Sounds like Alexa reading you a story

Personally I didn't find it engaging and struggled to force myself to finish, overall and I suppose due to the sensitivity of the role of an operator it is exaggerated and not factually accurate

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Great book, wrong narrator

Great book but the narrator was the wrong pick, just didn't fit with the book

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Good book, well written.

Good book, well written. Even though I am ex army, I'd never even heard of this unit.

I wasn't overly keen on the narrator and how he would mispronounce words

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long and drawn out needs a better narrator

more about training than missions ok not great struggle to finish understand there's alot of confidentiality but it's a training book

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Great read throughly enjoy

love this book
hard to put down, highly recommend this book and look forward to next title

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Badly edited

Enjoyed the story behind this book but it is REALLY BADLY edited!! At times, the narrator repeats things, as though it’s been recorded, they weren’t happy with it so read it out again but didn’t delete the unwanted part. That happens numerous times throughout.
Made the book a lot less enjoyable and at times I almost stopped listening because it became so irritating. Would recommend this book for that reason.

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Great story

I can’t help but be thankful for all those who prevented loss of life in Northern Ireland.

I found the performance at times awful, the accents were are times embarrassingly poor.

Saying that I did enjoy the story.