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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: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307734914
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Jecks | 1/21/2014

    " This is, for my money, the very best memoir of a Burma soldier. Forget the glorious stories of special forces, the Chindits and others, this is the tale of a young British soldier, one of the last of Kipling's Imperial soldiers, lightly armed, but heavy on loyalty to mates, to platoon, and to the country. A truly awe-inspiring story that is as accurate a portrayal of soldiering in the 1500s as in the 1940s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting, well written in many places, but drags for me when dialog between the platoon members goes into regional accents. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Old-Barbarossa | 1/11/2014

    " Very insightful autobiographical account of part of the war in Burma. Grumpy Borders version of Band Of Brothers. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra D | 1/11/2014

    " This book reads as slow as molasses; I made it a third of the way through and ran out of patience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin | 12/25/2013

    " Hands down, the best first person memorial of service in WW2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 12/19/2013

    " I've given this book to three WWII veterans and all have loved it. GMF goes to Burma as a 17 yr old private and ends up an officer. Incredible book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geli | 11/24/2013

    " I read this book about 15-20 years ago, and almost forgot how great it is. It seems they've changed its subtitle, the copy I have is subtitled "A recollection of the War in Burma." One of the best war memoirs ever written, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patience Mason | 11/1/2013

    " I loved this book and cracked up when I found out why the title. People at home in Britan thought it was safe out in Burma. Ha ha ha! His story is full on interesting detail and harrowing moments and increases my knowledge of an aspect of the war I knew little about. It is also very well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/8/2013

    " WWII memoir by author of the "Flashman" series isn't as good as those books, or Roald Dahl's WWII memoir "Going Solo." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Todoroff | 5/31/2013

    " Poignant, brutally honest, articulate, laced with a wry humor, this has to be one of the finest WW2 memoirs I've ever read. And I've read plenty. If you have an interest in military history, this one is well worth your time and money. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain | 1/31/2013

    " The autobiographical account of a British soldier in the late stages of the war in Burma. Brilliantly well written, it made me laugh, and struck cords as well. The characters in section nine are both comical, and very real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 2/20/2012

    " MacDonald Fraser's time as a very young soldier in Burma. Very moving in parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/25/2011

    " Wonderful memoir of the Burma campaign by the author of the fantastic Flashman series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/14/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this. Along with Sledge's "With the Old Breed" probably the best WWII memoir I've read. The only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the author's occasional tendency to sermonize about how "things are these days" as compared to how they were during the War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 8/11/2010

    " 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 Mick | 5/24/2010

    " Brilliant book about GMF's life as a young soldier, fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. Full of humour, comraderie and sorrow.

    One of my favorite writers!!

    R.I.P mate! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra D | 3/31/2008

    " This book reads as slow as molasses; I made it a third of the way through and ran out of patience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 8/23/2007

    " I've given this book to three WWII veterans and all have loved it. GMF goes to Burma as a 17 yr old private and ends up an officer. Incredible book. "

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About the Author
Author George MacDonald FraserGeorge MacDonald Fraser was born in England and served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to the twelve Flashman novels, he wrote screenplays, most notably for the James Bond film Octopussy. He died in 2008.
About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.