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The Crossroad Audiobook

The Crossroad

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Publisher's Summary

On 2 September ,2008, in a valley in eastern Afghanistan, Trooper Mark Donaldson made a split-second decision that would change his life.

His display of extraordinary courage that day saw him awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, making him the first Australian to receive our highest award for bravery in wartime since Keith Payne in 1969.Yet Mark's journey to those crucial moments in Afghanistan was almost as exceptional as the acts that led to his VC. He was a rebellious child and teenager, even before the death of his father - a Vietnam veteran - when Mark and his brother were in their mid-teens. A few years later, their mother disappeared, presumed murdered. Her body has never been found.

Mark's decisions could have easily led him down another path, to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. But he chose a different road: the army. It proved to be his salvation and he found himself a natural soldier, progressing unerringly to the SAS, the peak of the Australian military.

From his turbulent early years to the stark realities of combat in the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan, Mark's book is the frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

©2013 Mark Donaldson (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    craig 07/01/2016
    craig 07/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant"

    Loved every minute and did not tune out at any stage. Have listened to this twice and could easily do it a third time.

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    steve toke 10/03/2017
    steve toke 10/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Briliant Briliant"
    What did you like most about The Crossroad?

    True story that is Inspiering storry from a hodlem to a solger that becam a man. Love the way book line up with storys from other book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crossroad?

    He became inspierd to tranin hard to qualify and swim fully closed in publick swimming pool.<br/>


    Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favourite?

    Found it inspiering the traditions of tributets.


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

    He got in.


    Any additional comments?

    Read his book or lisn to it and all so Peter Crosgroves. Briliant and how he is doing today just makes me relise how the Millitery do not look after the people that looks affter the humenaty in need where ever they may be serving.<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael 14/10/2016
    michael 14/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "And amazing story of a true Aussie Hero."

    An amazing story of a true Hero. It made mw proud to be an Australian

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    matthew andrew wood 17/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Unbelievable!"

    This story is nothing short of unbelievable! It is awe inspiring and will give you a real appreciation of life, it's challenges and what our soldiers go through both at home and abroad.

    Mark Donaldson VC is a hero and undeniably demonstrates the care, humanity and tenacity we should all strive toward, no matter how hard the task at hand.

    This book will have you laughing, crying and wanting to thank every soldier for the risks they take and their families for the sacrifices they make.

    Could not give a higher recommendation to listen to this audio book!

    Thanks Mark Donaldson VC and all other soldiers, warriors and families supporting our troops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 14/08/2017
    Timothy 14/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!!!!!"

    I loved this audiobook. The story...incredible!!! Mark, you are a true hero and an inspiration!!! May I one day get to meet such and true Aussie!!! Thank you for your story!!!

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    09/08/2017
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    "Great book read terribly! "

    Such a great book and story totally ruined by the clown reading it.
    Does he realise he is reading for a bloody SASR VC and not Ginger Megs?
    This reader has unfortunately made it sound like a kids book. Thanks for ruining an amazing book.

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    "A great story start to finish. A true Aussie hero"

    This story is riveting from start to finish. A genuine Australian hero, albeit humble. An extremely motivating individual.

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    16/06/2017
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    "Very interesting story of the life of a VC"

    it wasn't a book that your dad from cover to end in on sitting (it took me three..) but is truly a story of passion and commitment and a behind.the scenes.look at Australia's SAS

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    07/05/2017
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    "Empowering and Raw"

    I approached this book with an assumption, an assumption i knew fairly well what was going to be said. That is not to say i expected it to be simple or straight forward, just that i expected it to be a re-telling of a soldiers wartime experience, similar to that of Bob Buick for example. How wrong i was.
    I myself am currently in my 11th year of service with the Australian Army (Infantry), and though i do not wish to insult or sound as though the two jobs are similar, there are parallels, and to hear what Mark went through, not only at war but in his life prior and since, my god, what a soldier, what a father, what an absolute role model for any man-young or old.
    Should you wish to know what a war can be like, the effects and tolls on a human, read this. Should you wish to be motivated and inspired to achieve greatness in your life, read this. If you want to read one of the most powerful and moving books i have ever come across, read this.
    Mark, thankyou, for many things, but thankyou for creating this vessel of insight and motivation, the effects and ripples of which i am sure will spread further than you ever could imagine, well done and thankyou.

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    Sampson Hatfield 01/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Crossroad the most enjoyable?

    This is an incredible story. I couldn't put it down!


    What other book might you compare The Crossroad to, and why?

    Unlike anything I've ever read before. It's a thriller, adventure story and a drama.


    What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Like a good author, David adds to the value of this book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    100%, good laughs and moments of a wet eye. ANZAC day has a whole different meaning for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Outstanding. My book of the year"
    Where does The Crossroad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Loved the story, loved the presenter.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark was the focus of the book and I loved his honesty, integrity and grit.


    What about David Tredinnick’s performance did you like?

    Loved David's emotion in the story, you really felt like you were there in the desert with Mark.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were places when I learnt of people dying that I got truly choked up.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a lot of books an this is definitely my book of the year. A long but thrilling read. Totally got my monies worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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