The Amazing SAS

  • by Ian McPhedran
  • Narrated by Peter Byrne
  • 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling, action-packed authoritative account of the SAS. Compelling listening for fans of military non-fiction. For the soldiers and officers of Australia's Special Air Service (SAS) Regimentâ¿¿ this is not just their professional mottoâ¿¿ but a creed that shapes their lives. The SAS is among the world's most respected special forces unitsâ¿¿ a crack team of men from the Australian Defence Force who can be relied upon to handle the most difficultâ¿¿ strategically sensitive and dangerous of military tasks. Now The Amazing SAS provides a thrilling insight into the way this country's SAS soldiers are selected and trainedâ¿¿ and reveals fascinating details about recent SAS deployments: East Timorâ¿¿ the 2000 Olympic gamesâ¿¿ the Tampaâ¿¿ the Afghanistan sampaign and the regiment's action-packed mission in Iraq.

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Don't waste your money

This book is not worth the credit. You don't get a good sense of the SAS training, selection course or anything worth while. You will hear about a couple of operations that contains no specail tactics.
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- Rayne Police Detective

A touch too much self glorification

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, it praises how good the Australian SAS is over and over again. There is no real 'heros journey' or great loss to over come in this book. Every character is so 'good' and 'unreal' that it becomes one big 'aren't we 'f#*king awesome.


What was most disappointing about Ian McPhedran’s story?

The criticism is one sided. If there is any negative, then it is outside the SAS. There is no real insight into this secretive organisation and no history to speak of. I think Ian McPhedran is in love with the SAS.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrated by Peter Byrne who can't break his style from saying only a few words at a time even if the sentence needs to run through. Very tedious. His accents are clique and swearing seemed fake.


Could you see The Amazing SAS being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Perhaps an Anime Cartoon with any of the actors playing James Bond as the characters.


Any additional comments?

If you want a book to portray the emotion and hardship then Peter Fitzsimons is your author, if you want the history; Paul Ham, if you want a level handed review of the subject then get David McCullough. Entertaining then Michael Palin is your man. Ian McPhedran should stick to writing for his master, Murdock.

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- Michael "Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-06-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd