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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (257 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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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