Among You

  • by Jake Wood
  • Narrated by Joe Coen
  • 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Among You is the gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jake Wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA soldier who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents.
Disillusioned with the dullness and amorality of the banking world, he escapes back to the army for a third tour of duty. But in Afghanistan he discovers the savage, dehumanising effects that war has on both the body and the mind. Diagnosed with chronic PTSD on his return, he must now fight the last enemy - himself - in order to exorcise the ghosts of his past.
Brutally honest and beautifully written, Among You brings home the harsh reality of front-line combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the courage of the troops who risk their lives for their country, as well as revealing the devastating after-effects of service.


What the Critics Say

"The most haunting and moving account of how battle scars your mind." (Daily Mail)
"Jake Wood tells his story with an expert eye for detail… intensely gripping and emotional." (The Scotsman)
"As a military historian, I have read thousands of firsthand accounts of war, in all its gore and glory, brutality and suffering. But there were tears in my eyes as I followed Wood's story of his descent into the bleakness of post-traumatic stress disorder." (Daily Mail)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not the book I was expecting !

I was expecting another gritty account of soldiers at war, which this gave with all the usual and more detail. However the real power to this book is being let into the mind of a modern soldier at war. Never before have I read or listened to a true account letting you know so much about the persons feelings, troubles, passion, fears and a whole kit bag full of anger. Some directed at enemies, some his superiors and oddly some at his safe run of the mill civilian life. From other books on modern day warfare, I got a feeling for how the machine operates, this time it's the man. It's given me a whole new respect and understanding of the TA and what those people who have or are serving our country do for us.
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- S

Couldn't put it down

If you could sum up Among You in three words, what would they be?

Enlightening and sad.

What did you like best about this story?

Ease of following Jake's experiences. Beautifully written as one review said and I agree. I've read many similar books but this has to be one of the best in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Will no doubt listen to this again, there's not many books I can say that about.

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- sp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios