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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George MacDonald Fraser Narrator: David Case, Frederick Davidson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this rattling-good memoir, novelist, historian, and screenwriter, George MacDonald Fraser vividly recounts the nerve-wracking, front-line action he saw while serving as a nineteen year old soldier during what turned out to be the last great land campaign of World War II, the British army’s ferocious campaign against the Japanese in Burma.

The realism of his story, combined with the skills of a talented novelist, create a book of great poignancy and excitement. This is unforgettable reading, both for fans of Fraser’s novels and for anyone interested in one of the great battles of World War II.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a book as good as anything Fraser has written…Decorated with the beautifully-observed dialogue of which he is a master…A moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “Fraser’s is quite the most vividly realistic account of the sharp end of the war in Burma that I have read…If you have enjoyed Fraser’s ‘Flashman’ books you will enjoy the racy, pacy, utterly authentic account of far away long ago soldiering.”

    London Magazine

  • “A brilliantly entertaining read, with all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman’s creator…Fraser is unrivaled at the storyteller’s essential crafts.”

    Financial Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of the best war memoirs I have ever read. George MacDonald Fraser, author of the "Flashman" series, wrote this book about his experiences in fighting the Japanese in Burma. While Fraser does not remember every detail of the military operations, he does remember the men he served with, the conversations they had, and the experiences they shared. "Quartered Safe Out There" is not a plea for peace or an exorcism of the author's post-traumatic demons like others in this genre, because it does not focus solely on the battles and the experiences of combat. Fraser writes fully about life in the wartime British 14th Army; he doesn't focus on any one aspect, so the good memories are shared as much as the bad ones. Fraser's ability to illustrate the camaraderie that existed between the men, both in battle and at rest is unparalleled. This book is often funny, occasionally sad, and ultimately worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andy Bennett | 2/8/2014

    " One of the better personal biographies of WWII I have read. Fraser does an outstanding job of giving you the "being there" feel of the combat in Burma late in WWII. Well worth a read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cmacauley | 1/25/2014

    " I've been a fan of G. M. Fraser since the 1970s and I was not at all disappointed by this superb memoir of his experiences as a soldier in the British Army in Burma at the tail end of WWII. Fraser, a historian as well as a novelist, brings color and emotion to this story, making you feel as if you are right beside him in battle. His unit saw relatively little action, and much of the book is devoted to descriptions: equipment and clothing, military history, and humorous anecdotes, but all of it is told in Fraser's charming, eloquent and very funny style, that of a grandfather regaling the tots in front of a fire, brandy and cheroot in hand. Among other talents, Fraser is a master of dialect, portraying the Cumberland English of his comrades, as well as a few other accents. The book is not all humor, though: Fraser describes killing enemies and watching friends die in battle, and he pontificates at length on war, soldiering, and how views have changed during the passing decades. While you may not agree with some of his opinions (I don't), it is enjoyable to read and thought-provoking without being annoying. I came away from it feeling as though I had been there and had made a friend. Sad to say, Fraser died in 2009, and the final pages of the book have the finality of a man closing out the last chapter of his life. Altogether a fascinating book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Margaret Minton | 1/25/2014

    " The author of the Flashman books reminisces about his days as a British footsoldier in Burma during WW II. Must be read out loud! (See if you can keep up with the Cumbrian accent, the Scottish accent, etc.) Well written. "

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