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4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5 4.70 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alistair Urquhart Narrator: David Rintoul Publisher: Hachette Audio UK Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese 'hellships' which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .

This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicola Eves | 2/6/2014

    " This is well written and it is an incredible story in its own right before we even get into that it is a true story. I cried, I laughed, I cringed, I got angry.......I honestly believe every member of the armed forces should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/20/2014

    " I'm glad I had the chance to read this, although, to say I 'enjoyed' it wouldn't be accurate. It is certainly a worthwhile read and hard to put down in places, but you don't read a book like this for fun. Alistair Urquhart's is a very personal account of a harrowing experience and remarkable survival. There are some images I would prefer to forget, not that Urquhart revels in them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carlton Whatley | 1/8/2014

    " An incredible story of survival as a POW at the hands of the Japanese army during WW2. That anyone survived the atrocities is amazing. Even more amazing is the predominance during this time of history of world leaders imposing suffering upon the masses of human beings that they've enlisted as slaves to fuel their own war machine. Hitler, Stalin, Hirohito all employed people whose job it was to figure out just how long it takes to starve or otherwise torture other human beings to death and just how much work they can made to be done while that is happening. Even more amazing is this author's shining example of PTSD - and how he has, and continues to, endure the actual suffering he experienced over 60 years ago. I hope he finds peace. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neil | 1/8/2014

    " Brilliant, moving and really opened my eyes to the horrors endured by POWs in the Far East during World War Two. Also inspiring in how Mr Urquhart details the extent to which he recovered - and to which he didn't recover - post-war, and how he managed to do so. Read this before you die! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/3/2014

    " Amazing story of strength and courage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/1/2014

    " This book is brilliant, I can't believe what they went through it's horrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/26/2013

    " Amazing... It's hard to read a book like this and then whine about some of the trivial things we deal with. "

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

    " You HAVE to read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Ferreira | 12/13/2013

    " Dear Alistair Urquhart you will never be The Forgotten Highlander ever, what a mind blowing experience you have gave me just by reading your book. This is such a book that I can't find words to describe and should be awarded the Pulitzer Prise. Godbless our fallen soldiers PER ARDUA "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burnbrae | 12/3/2013

    " A must read for all generations to understand the ugly side of the human race. Alistair is just an ordinary guy who was put in an extraordinary situation and lived to tell of his hell at the hands of the Japanese in the second world war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fairbz | 11/2/2013

    " A great book that has inspired me too read and study more about WW2 and the incredible hardships soldiers faced all over the world "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 8/19/2013

    " A painful book to read; reminds me of the Railway Man. The owner of the small factory where he works before being called up (a WW1 veterean) promised that any of his men that went to war would have a job waiting for him when he returned and was good for his word. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andi | 5/28/2013

    " A heart wrenching true story of those who suffered on the Death Railway. It was difficult to read about the horrors of humans to each other. But, I found hope in the spirit of survival. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KayG | 12/4/2012

    " Fascinating story of a survivor of the unbelievable horrors of WWII in the far east. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/16/2012

    " Thoughtful book about the horrors experienced building the Death Railway (the bridge over the river Kwai). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Parkington | 7/15/2011

    " Brilliant read .. it is amazing what this chap endured and survived .. for all those of us who are too young and therefore have no concept of war this book is a must read .... human endurance both mental & physical tested to the limits .... Excellent book, amazing man ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederick Irvine | 5/3/2011

    " An absolute riveting read, a true understated telling of what can only be described as a horrific time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peds | 1/31/2011

    " Just an amazing story from an amazing person.

    What the author and others went through during the war is frightening and for Urquhart to come through it so well is a testament to his character.

    One of the best books I have read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/19/2011

    " Amazing... It's hard to read a book like this and then whine about some of the trivial things we deal with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/12/2010

    " amazing, truly amazing. an inspirational and unforgettable book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burnbrae | 9/18/2010

    " A must read for all generations to understand the ugly side of the human race. Alistair is just an ordinary guy who was put in an extraordinary situation and lived to tell of his hell at the hands of the Japanese in the second world war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nik | 7/10/2010

    " A new classic up there with Braddon's Naked Island. Alistair is a survivor and his voice deserves to be heard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 5/25/2010

    " If you only read one book in your life, make it this one!! "

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