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The Crossroad

Narrated by: David Tredinnick
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
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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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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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She’s a biggie, but a goodie.

This is a long book! But I loved every minute of it. It’s not often that special operations related books go into so much detail but this certainly did.

Mark’s story is a rollercoaster from 1 minute to the next. I’m not surprised he kind of went off the rails in his younger years.

The inspiration is how Mark managed to keep it together and turn himself into an absolute pillar of resilience.

Couldn’t recommend this more, for someone looking for a long book with plenty of detail.

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Just what everyone else said. Great book!

Loved it and great story. Great narration too. Very good book and I really enjoyed it

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Amazing

This book sat on my list for quite awhile. I so wish I had read it earlier. This man is an inspiration. I laughed, I cried and I was fascinated. Mark I am so proud of all you achieved from the cheeky Dorigo lad to a soldier the country can be proud of. I hope you have a special rest of your life.
This book is so worth the read. It should be on the school curriculum. It was so good being able to read what our soldiers endure.

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I clearly written and pragmatic look back on your life to date.

Mark Donaldson rights of his own life story with the candour and honesty that is somewhat surprising, yet by the end of the book, expected. It is delightfully presented and narrated by David Trendinnick. His characterisations flow exceptionally well and are not jarring. Highly recommended for those with a penchant for Australian military/special forces activity.

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Amazing story of a humble man.

What a blessing it was listening to your story Mark, thank you so much for sharing and even more thanks for your service.

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what an adventure

this is a really full on story about the life, childhood and growth of an SAS soldier.

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  • 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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  • Beach Reader
  • 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