• Desperate Glory

  • By: Sam Kiley
  • Narrated by: Robin Bowerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-07-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (13 ratings)


In the dust and blazing heat of Helmand, the young men of 16 Air Assault Brigade find themselves in the most relentless battles faced by British troops in recent history. As the only writer to have unrestricted access to the front line, Sam Kiley is there to bear witness to the most intense challenges of their lives. Desperate Glory is an unflinching portrait of the reality of war.
©2011 Sam Kiley (P)2011 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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"Kiley is a remarkable reporter." (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 10-10-12


Had to stop listening to this book after a desperate 15 minutes of "trying to hang in there".

First of all the Irish accent of the narrator is cringeworthy! Trying to avoid that, the desperate "Hollywood-isation" of the words was terrible.

Written as if it was a punchy hard hitting Hollywood script was not what I was looking for.

I gave this one star only because I couldn't give it ZERO......

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 24-08-11

Please read!!!

This is a must for anyone who doesn't understand squaddie mentality or why we fight for our mates and country. Filled with interesting banter and an insight into the mind of a modern day solider. These guys are real heroes and this is day to day in Afghanistan for their entire tour. Takes the story from every angle of army employment from truck driver to medic to infantry solider. Please read!!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gavin on 04-08-11

Forgotten fight of the British Army in Helmand

A fantastic telling of the British Armies fight in Helmand province for the past 7 yrs. The British armies soldiers can be from any part of the commonwealth and Ireland, and this book shows the great bond that brings these men and women together for the safety of there queen and countryman. This book would be great for listeners from commonwealth countries, as many of there brothers pop up from time to time. I think that our US cousins should also have a listen, it may be the case that there forces don't appear massively in this book, I think it would interest them to take a trip into the arena of Helmand Province in the years before the Marine Corp joined, the Brits, Danes and Dutch dealing with the most dangerous area of Afghanistan. Sam Kiley is a great author who is usesually found presenting from dangerous war zones around the world for Sky News. Great listen.

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