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Wounded

Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: History, First World War
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Wounded traces the journey made by a casualty from the battlefield to a hospital in Britain. It is a story told through the testimony of those who cared for him - stretcher bearers and medical officers, surgeons and chaplains, orderlies and nurses - from the aid post in the trenches to the casualty clearing station and the ambulance train back to Blighty.

We feel the calloused hands of the stretcher-bearers; we see the bloody dressings and bandages; we smell the nauseating gangrene and, at London’s stations, the gas clinging to the uniforms of the men arriving home. There are the unspeakable injuries: the officer with a hole in his torso so big the doctor can see the sky beyond him; a man with no legs holding a hymnbook for a man with no arms.

Together, the experiences in Wounded encapsulate what it was to fight, live, and die for four long years at the Western Front. The first comprehensive account of medical care at the Western Front, Wounded is an homage to the courageous and determined men and women who saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

©2013 Emily Mayhew (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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atmospheric listen

I loved it. Full of vivid details and great narration. very moving real life stories.

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A history of the war that should be more well known

I enjoyed all of the book. The description of injuries are difficult to listen to but it puts into context exactly what everyone was going thorough. The individual stories shone a light on the lives o caring. En and women from all walks of life. Stretcher bearers, padres, nurses, doctors, surgeons, soldiers.

Personally I was willing various characters to get through the war unscathed , who had been so selfless in terms of what they gave to others. Also that even in the midst of all that horror individuals maintained their humanity.
You can understand where medicine learned new skills in reconstructive surgery which found its way in to the day to day medical treatments in hospitals today. Wars move medicine on particularly trauma medicine as we now know following conflicts in Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Would recommend to others.

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Fictionalised approach doesn't work

There's room for a fascinating book about the experience of the wounded in the First World War, either as a factual record or just reports of personal accounts. This takes neither approach, and creates fictionalised versions of what are presumably real accounts. The flavour is something like this: "The ambulance driver peered anxiously through the windscreen into the dark as he drove along the bumpy roads. In the back, Lt Smith lay wincing in agony, and his mind rushed back to his experiences two days before...". It's poorly written and tedious. The narration isn't up to much either.

Pity - the personal accounts behind it are probably fascinating, but converting them into a fake fictional format is disastrous.

Maybe it gets better, but the first chapter didn't, and the experience was so excruciating I gave up.

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Good Timing.

I recently had an idea for one or more poems about Railway carriages being used for various war duties, especially during the Great War.
Then when I heard 'Wounded' I thought "YES, an Ambulance Train". So I will try to get one done in time for my third book, being published around Autumn. It will be my second volume of Verse.

But this Audio book 'Wounded', was an absolute eye opener and education for me.

Some of the examples of injuries to young servicemen, are very disturbing but the use of those train carriages, British nurses, and the little touches like making sure troops had a smoke when needed all helped to assure them, they were really on the way back home; and away from those awful places of death and pain.

And some of the examples of compassion shown by our nurses were certainly worth a good inclusion. Including the young girl in London, doing her bit by covering pillows. Staff on the London Ambulance and on the trains and boats from France to the UK.. The incredibly brave Bearers threading their way across No-man's-land to [relative] safety; the cries and moans of casualties very often attracting Sniper bullets and various shells. And not forgetting the ground-breaking work of Surgeons and Doctors, tasked with having to operate on injuries/wounds that were never dreamed possible before 1914.

If I buy a million audio books from now, this will always stand out above the others. I would be happy and honored to recommend this to anyone, whatever their interests. But with a warning - Be prepared to be shocked, inspired, and awe-struck. As 2018 is such an important year, marking the Centenary of the war's end, I DO consider it 'Good Timing' as my title suggests. I would also recommend 'Steaming To Victory, about wartime Railwaymen and women, many of whom were killed in the line of their duties. As the phrase went - 'They also fight who stay at home'.

HOWEVER- I would like to rise here, another audio book from the Great War- Breakdown.
The Author and Narrator both have my best regards I pity them for the nature of the material; specifically- the utterly caddish behavior of the Senior British officers, in dealing with the poor troops and M.O. of the 'Lonsdales'.

Based upon the accounts given, I have to say this was the trashiest thing I ever heard, of any nation's Army.
I can't help suspecting that Haig was involved somewhere in the outcomes for both Soldiers and Medical Officer.
And if not, than at least in spirit. Gough was after all, favorite of his. S.O.B is the best I can say of them.
To humiliate previously loyal and brave men that way, was the act of complete Ghouls.
But don't believe ME - it is all in the last 20 minutes of Part 1.

Jack D. Harrison.

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Wounded

I've read about and visited many of the areas and battle sites mentioned in Wounded , I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrative and putting places to names. Nigel Anthony is superb in his narration, I would not hesitate to buy and listen to him in the future

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A must listen

Moving and touching stories of true heroes. This will stay with me for a long time

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