• The Forgotten Highlander

  • My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
  • By: Alistair Urquhart
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 03-04-10
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.8 (123 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 Alistair Urquhart (P)2010 Hachette Digital
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By Anonymous User on 05-25-10

FANTASTIC

A simply horrofying story! I am amazed that this man did not die, or went insane!
Never in my wilded fantasy did I think the Japanese was this cruel. READ IT! It is an eyeopener. Only critical point is that the book is abridged. I would have liked to read the entire book, as the story seems a bit short.

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By Elliott Ramsden on 08-20-17

Terrific and Terrifying

Read this book.

It will teach you about true suffering and true mental fortitude. This book has had a profound impact on how I perceive my own challenges. Alistair's humble lessons are encased in a story of unimaginable terrors.

The biggest lesson? Anything can be overcome with pure mental toughness.

The voice acting is exceptional.

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By Phil on 03-06-15

amazing story from a very brave proud man.

just listen to it! an amazing true story from an equally amazing man. I dont jnow what else to say, just listen to it.

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By BillyBlackBear on 07-31-14

Fearless

I love this genre and have read many accounts of POW survivors but this is really excellent. Well paced with just enough detail to draw you in without getting bogged down in trivia but also shockingly frank. Alistair Urquhart could be anyone's grandfather and has recorded a very moving account of his internment including moments of bravery and cowardice. Wonderful!

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