• Ask Forgiveness Not Permission

  • The True Story of an Operation in Pakistan’s Badlands
  • By: Howard Leedham
  • Narrated by: Howard Leedham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-25-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Create
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We need someone with the British mentality to get it done. You Brits are great at what you do. The only problem is that I know when I unleash you I’m going to get a lot more than I ever bargained for’ said the US State Department official who hired Howard Leedham, a former British special forces officer living in America.
The task was to energise and lead an American sponsored border security program on the Pakistan side of the Afghan border... And they did get much more than they bargained for.
The hitherto unknown story that Howard Leedham has to tell could have come from the Northwest Frontier of Rudyard Kipling’s time...The year described in these pages cost him his marriage and (several times) almost his life... Somehow it happened. Somehow, on a shoestring, the helicopter-borne, night fighting intervention force began to frighten the black turbans out of the Taliban, Al Qaeda and opium barons...And his Pathans...
Those fifty dark featured, tough, lean, hard warriors, as dangerous as the land that made them...for a few months led by an infidel Britisher, they terrified those whose only language was terror. Kipling would have loved them.
©2012 Bene Factum Publishing (P)2013 Create
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-04-17


Any additional comments?

Excellent story read by the main character/author. The criticism the author held for ridiculous U.S. bureaucracy and some aspects of foreign policy was also refreshing.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sushanth R on 11-10-16

Seriously entertaining and informative!

What made the experience of listening to Ask Forgiveness Not Permission the most enjoyable?

The attention to details is stunning. I wonder how the author could remember such minute details from the past. The story is fast paced with no dull moments and keeps you totally engaged. One can clearly notice the influence of British English in writing style. The authors voice is good and very neutral and hence is simply great to listen for long durations.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Obviously Howard Leedham. He is the center of the story and pulls it off marvelously.

What about Howard Leedham’s performance did you like?

The narrator also being the author definitely has advantages. The expressions are real and based on memories. This makes listening more engaging. British accent also helps.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book did bring out loud laughter moments occasionally. It does encourage one to take risks and inhibit fear.

Any additional comments?

Excellent book and performance.

The audio recording quality was inconsistent. Once could improve it by eliminating the inhaling sounds, background noises etc. Thought I heard the phone ring in the background somewhere towards the end!

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4 out of 5 stars
By steve on 02-24-18

good book

if you don't like the noise of loud eaters you won't like this book as the narrator has a very wet voice. listen to the sample. you will know what I mean. the book is very good though

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5 out of 5 stars
By abid on 01-12-17

Great read

Would you listen to Ask Forgiveness Not Permission again? Why?

yes, detailed , informative

Who was your favorite character and why?

the author , humble

What three words best describe Howard Leedham’s voice?

cleargood tone

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

as mentioned by another reviewer, sound quality deteriorated halfway

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