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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (576 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Loyd Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9781461811220
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With elegance and unsparing honesty, special correspondent for The Times of London, Anthony Loyd records this harrowing account of modern war. My War Gone By, I Miss It So exposes the unspeakable terror, visceral thrill of combat, and countless lives laid waste in Europe's bloodiest conflict since World War II. Unsatisfied by a brief stint in the British army and driven by the despair of drug dependence, the author was searching for excitement when he set out for Bosnia in 1993. Nothing prepared him for the brutal life-and-death struggle he discovers there among the Serbs, Croatians, and Bosnian Muslims. As he writes of the shocking chaos, he finds a chilling purpose to his life as a journalist. Anthony Loyd has become an award-winning international reporter whose work is compared to the classics of war literature. With this powerful book, he takes an uncompromising look at the horrifying savagery and seductive power of war. British actor Steven Crossley masterfully conjures up the sights, smells, and sounds of a country being torn apart.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 2/14/2014

    " The setting fades to irrelevancy as we see the stark parallels drawn between actual war and the ones we create for ourselves in our everyday lives and suggests a deeper human need for action or drama or thanatos than can't be delivered by civilized domesticity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 2/8/2014

    " A raw, honest look at war reporting, and what drives some to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huma Rashid | 1/22/2014

    " Compelling. That's the only word for it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/19/2014

    " Completely raw and emotionally engaged and present. Highly recommended. Trigger warnings for absolutely everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marella | 1/17/2014

    " This book nearly exclusively informed the character of Leith, a war photographer in my forthcoming novel The Weeds Within. The book is a must of truth and verity about the psychological effect of war on those who witness without being able to change anything about what they see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Harris | 1/9/2014

    " Probably the best and most honest account by a war correspondent in recent years. Loyd doesn't pull any punches yet is never judgemental of those around him in this very enlightening retelling of his experience in the Balkans wars of the '90s. His straight-from-the-heart illustration of his own addictions to both the war-front and heroin use deserve high praise. Antony Loyd is a writer of whom greater recognition is warranted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Strouzas | 12/27/2013

    " One of the best and most interesting books I've read, written by a combat photojournalist. Interesting insight into the wars that accompanied the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 12/18/2013

    " A hard book - harrowing and horrific, both in its depiction of war and in what it shows of an adrenaline-junkie's addiction to chaos. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 12/16/2013

    " Sure, Anthony Loyd comes off like a complete asshole, but that's part of what makes this book so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 12/1/2013

    " A haunting memoir into warfare and the human soul. A riveting book whose mental images stay with you long after you've read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Saranow Schultz | 10/12/2013

    " A memorable memoir about the war in the former Yugoslavia that also teaches the reader about the conflict there. Some of the scenes still stay with me years after reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadir | 10/7/2013

    " Exquisite writing about a painful subject (civil war in Yugoslavia). One of the best written books in my library. The personal flavor as opposed to a fact-driven overview is what brings this book to life. Well worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Niswander | 6/24/2013

    " I'm pretty sure this is my favorite book. The theme of destruction that intertwines his body (by heroin) with the countries in which he's reporting (by war) is disheartening, to say the least. Do not, under any circumstances, read this book when you're depressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 5/12/2013

    " In the top 3 I've ever read on war. Most honesty regarding "War Tourism" and our infatuation with the suffering of others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Krug | 3/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book, despite its somewhat jumpy narrative and the smacked-out interludes in cursive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bean | 10/6/2012

    " The best war memoir you'll ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 7/16/2012

    " "a highly disturbing account of one man's view of war and his coinciding drug addiction. the visuals reaped when reading this are horrific, yet it's like a train wreck at which you can't stop staring." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 6/22/2012

    " This journalist goes right on the front lines in the Bosnian war. I learned a lot that I never really knew about that war...interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charitianne | 12/13/2011

    " Problematic portrayal of the Serbo-Croatian wars in the 90s, at best, but all the same I couldn't put it down. And the title is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Zettervall | 12/12/2011

    " Was just remembering this book, yet again. What is so compelling about pain and horror? "

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About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.