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Editorial Reviews

The inimitable Spider Shepherd is at the very core of his training in SAS written by Stephen Leather and with an outstanding audiobook narration by British actor Paul Thornley. Listeners are taken into the depths of stifling jungles, across the freezing hills of the Welsh countryside and the foreboding plains in Africa. Hear Spider earn his trust among the leaders of the Sabre Squadron and the death-defying assignments he must endure as part of the drills. You will see another side of Spider that you’ve never seen before. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

This collection of stories goes back to Dan “Spider” Shepherd’s SAS days, and the missions that shaped him. From his training in the welsh hills and the jungles of Belize, through to his early missions in Sierra Leone and the Middle East, these nine stories chart his rise through the SAS, and his involvement with the elite Sabre Squadron.

Along with his comrades Jimbo, McKay and Geordie, Spider puts his life on the line on active duty…and sows the seeds of his future career. We even discover how he earned his nickname....

©2014 Stephen Leather (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • David
  • Elanora Heights, Australia
  • 09-11-2016

Great Story

I really enjoyed this audio book, it was full of action but not over the top.

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Different

A great selection of spider short stories that give good background view into his character

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great story, loved it.....

narrative spot on, stories were great, looking forward to reading many more about the Spider.

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  • Daniel
  • 24-04-2015

Excellent

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Needs to be read for what it is, a collection of short stories. Recommend to anyone who like the rest of the series.

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  • Simon Wagman
  • 18-06-2017

Awful

A collection of short stories that are so similar that you think you have heard them before in the same audiobook. Hate not to finish a book once started but this was painful to complete.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Alec
  • 04-10-2015

A life in the SAS, Story by Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book takes elements of SAS training and puts a storyline to them.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the way that I felt I was there ... almost

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

Lots - I am a real fan and having run out of Andy McNab books I have now found Paul narrating Stephen Leather. All equally exciting and I think Paul really plays a major part in keeping my interest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a bit long - I do a lot of driving and some of the stories being about 90 minutes the length of each section was ideal.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the good work Paul - I will keep listening to the books you narrate !

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  • Kirsty
  • 22-03-2015

Publisher rather than author driven?

Story already know from other books
Lots of repetition about characters between chapters
Chapter 1 and 2 contradict when hero got his spider name
Every chapter ended with publisher sign off for a whole book VVVVV annoying
Great narrator
Vvvvvv disappointing

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  • Simon
  • 08-04-2015

feel like i know dan shepherd personally

loved every minute lots of short storys which all follow each other so u are never lost

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  • Gary
  • 04-06-2015

Great collection of short stories!

Short but really packed with action stories.

Well written, read and performed.

Well worth it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • 09-01-2016

A TRUE SENSE OF WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN S.A.S

A real page turner as it were. I was in the Regiment but before middle east and it's as if a log of his work had been written daily. brilliant Book. well narrated too.

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  • Ashley Nadin
  • 18-07-2018

Short stories on spiders past

If you have read most of the books in the Dan Shepard series this book is for you.
It will give you some back stories of his time in the SAS which the books talk about and there are some WOW points and names you have heard in the series that makes you give props to the author. Like how he gets shot and why he named his son the name he did. Very happy with the collection.

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  • Antony
  • 12-09-2017

Great but for one thing

What did you like most about Spider Shepherd: SAS?

In my Top 10

What other book might you compare Spider Shepherd: SAS to, and why?

Bear Grills books

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

F**k you very much

Any additional comments?

the Book is Great but its let down by have the copy right and publisher info after each chapter

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  • rachel newport
  • 17-08-2017

Awful

Had to stop listening after just 90mins.
Badly researched.
Characters that are complete muppets. Despite what Stephen may think, we never thought of the DS as washed up, burned out or not fit for the field. God only knows which spanker helped him with his research.
Better to read something like "no mean soldier" than to waste your money on Mr Leather's SF fantasy :-(

I wanted to give 0 stars for the story, but it doesn't let you do that, sadly.

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  • Richard
  • 10-08-2017

Best narration on any book i've listened to.

What made the experience of listening to Spider Shepherd: SAS the most enjoyable?

The story's are instantly captivating but what really made it for me is the Narration. Paul Thornley has a perfect voice for this style of story and his various accents and characters is superb. I felt like I was watching a movie as I listened through this book.

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

Absolutely brings the characters to life.