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SAS: Rogue Heroes Audiobook

SAS: Rogue Heroes: The Authorised Wartime History

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was imaginative, radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would wreak havoc behind enemy lines.

Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS.

The history of the SAS is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men willing to take monumental risks. It is a story of the meaning of courage.

©2016 Ben Macintyre (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Renee
    Klosters, Switzerland
    8/11/16
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    "McIntyre narration and great narrator."

    I am fascinated by The men who made a difference and won the War.
    And these Roque heroes are real characters.
    I have read all of Ben McIntyre's books.
    This one is unique!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Anonymous
    25/04/17
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    "Brilliantly executed book."

    This is the most comprehensive and detailed account of the SAS that I have ever read, or indeed listened to.
    From the initial idea that formed in Sir David Sterlings mind through to the temporary disbandment of Special Forces at the end of WWII. Ben Macintyre explores and makes a bloody good job of defining the main characters and his research to put this much detail into the the events chronicled is astonishing.
    This book, for me, is a testament to the bravery, and daring of the first men who understood their Regimental motto. But beyond that, it also tells of the foolhardy and sometimes downright idiotic exploits of those same men.
    To a man they were all heroes, but the man who stood quite literally head and shoulders above all, Lt Col Robert Blair "Paddy"Mayne.
    This is bloody good listen and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy listening to the extraordinary exploits of of extraordinary people in our history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr F.
    25/01/17
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    "Exceptional insight. Rather monotone."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is a true to life account of the story of the regiment. A brutal history. The attention to detail shown is perfect. Not too much war jargon etc.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negative I have is the monotone way in which it was read. Little to no life was brought to the fore. I appreciate this is, in essence, snippets from the archives and diaries etc But I found it droning from time to time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Seaman
    UK
    20/07/17
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    "Truth is stranger and more impressive than fiction"

    A fascinating and absorbing narrative of the remarkable story of the founding of the SAS and the remarkable characters involved. The matter of fact manner of the account's of truly remarkable feats of arms makes the exploits even more impressive.
    A genuine page turner if one can say that of an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Philip Sketchley
    uk
    20/07/17
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    "Excellent account of SAS in WW11"

    Excellent narration and a very interesting account of the birth of the SAS. Recommended read (or listen)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Lee Rudd
    12/07/17
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    "WW2 History of the SAS"

    A twist on the tales of the early years of the SAS, using access to the regiments official archives - for the WW2 years only though - the author recounts the successes, failures, ideas, treachery and most of all bravery of those early years.

    For most of the early years the regiment seems to have been trying to find a role for itself - parachute, seaborne, small scale land and large scale land attacks all tried with varying degrees of success. However, by the end of the war in both Italy and Europe, their role had become well established as a light, mobile, forward raiding force.

    As always, there is a thin line between extreme bravery and sheer madness, which the SAS straddled for a while. Some of the stories, particularly those involving Paddy Mayne, have the touch of bar room brawling about them. However, this just enhances his and the regiments reputation.

    Well written, well researched and it is only in some places that the use of the archives is obvious.

    Note that the author is the reader of the Audible version. He retains interest throughout the book and is easy to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob Upndown
    N52 W1
    11/07/17
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    "Wow, what a book..."

    Whilst I knew the basics of how the SAS was formed, the history is truly astounding and so well presented here. I feel I've been on a journey with this book. What an amazing 5 star listen. Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    9/07/17
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    "Excellent."

    Most of us know about the history of the SAS. In fact we do not and this books is excellent as it based on facts direct from the SAS own war diaries and is thus the whole story a solders thinking differently to achieve success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    3/07/17
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    "Bring home to real life"

    I true act of war and the losses it bring is really brought home to life with this book.

    Great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T. Wyles
    8/05/17
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    "Yet more astonishing bravery from those who serve"

    The story is a fascinating story hidden for 70 years. It's hard to imagine the bravery and hardship endured by these pioneers and yet the overwhelming sense of suck it and see almost makes the adventures seem quaint. To consider it so, however, would do a grave disservice to those who feature here.

    The author narrates himself and does so well - never being overly dramatic and instead allowing the tale to unfold naturally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Mcneill
    8/05/17
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    "We really had no idea.."
    What made the experience of listening to SAS: Rogue Heroes the most enjoyable?

    The simple clear way the drama unfolded, these guys had nothing to start then they became heroes. (Unknown Heroes)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SAS: Rogue Heroes?

    The aeroplane landing in the desert. The deaths of the lost men from their jumps.


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

    I have not listened to Ben Macintyre.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dog...


    Any additional comments?

    Remember and mount your machine gun, Always handy to know a little German

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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