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The Crossroad

Narrated by: David Tredinnick
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
5 out of 5 stars (761 ratings)
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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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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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Great story

Excellent true life story of how a troublesome kid becomes a military legend.

The only reason I critically marked the performance down one star was due to the fact that there was a tendency to repeat explanations of the TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) used. Many are well known in common language and didn't need explanation at all ... but ok explain it once to me. However, once I have been told I don't need to be reminded again. Just a mild annoyance in an otherwise brilliant book.

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Fascinating story ... a great read

I couldn't put it down, no nonsense or wasting words. Held my interest from the very first paragraph to the end, thoroughly enjoyable. The narrator was the perfect choice for this book!

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What an inspiration!

Mark is such an inspiring Aussie! Honestly the first book in a long time that I could not stop listening to. I couldn’t recommend this book more!

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Wonderful. I just wish it was updated for 2018

I loved this book. Donno’s story from childhood to winning the VC and beyond will resonate with those struggling to find their place in the world.
That he was able to rise above the travails of his childhood to win the highest decoration in the Australian honours system is testament to his upbringing and drive.
My only wish is that it included some more current updates. What has he been up to?

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He is a Hero whether he likes it or not

Speaking as a Modern Returned Servicman if I could be a quarter of the man that Mark and his mates are I reckon I'd be doing alright.
To do 1 tour to Afghanistan and come back with not only your body right but more importantly your mind is an extraordinary feat in itself let alone 6 tours.
Even if he didn't realise it at the time he was destined for greatness right from the start.
When listening to his early years I was eager to get to the action part(which is thrilling)but when you get down to the business end about his army life you love it when he looks back on his early years and the things that put him in the direction his ended up taking.
Not to give anything away, but I'm sure that he will get to the bottom of the mystery around his mum.
This is one book that I will definitely listen to more than a couple of times.
Mark, I thank you for your service.

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Amazing

This was a wonderful, first-hand account, of an amazing journey. Loved it and will listen to it again.

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Read to understand

Amazing inside of what happens out there true grit and amazing service done by all our SAS team
And there families that are brave enough to let them go to the other side of the world and let them do there job that might not let them go and not know if they will come home and if they do will they be the same an you know them. Well done lovely narrator easy to listen too great book

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amazing!!

loved it,, very detailed in his writing. inspirational to hear about his drive to get where he did and achieve his goals.

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  • Cat
  • 04-09-2018

A good listen

Mark draws you in, feeling like a mate telling you his life experiences. And what a life he’s had. Would recommend

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  • Rachael
  • 31-10-2017

A must read for all Australians.

ever Australian should read and know this story. should be a part of school history classes.

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  • 23-11-2014

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.

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  • Robert
  • 12-08-2018

excellent work

I enjoy this genre but particularly appreciated the genuine and humble style of writing of a true hero