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FIRST TO FLY The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew for France in World War I

by | Read by Tom Perkins

History • 5.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2015

In the introduction to this audiobook about American pilots who flew for France before the U.S. entry into WWI, the author describes his work as a mosaic. It is a series of extended vignettes about the men who flew and the people who helped them. These elements turn out to be the book's biggest strength and biggest weakness. The sketches make it easy to listen to, but the lack of an overarching narrative beyond simple history makes the audio less than engaging. Tom Perkins offers an evenhanded reading, with no false emotion. But at times, the text makes his narration sound a bit dry. While not the narrator's fault, it makes for an unsatisfactory aural experience. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2015]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Tantor Media • 2015

CD ISBN 9781494508968 $37.99 • Five CDs

MP3-CD ISBN 9781494558963 $24.99 • One MP3-CDs

DD ISBN $16.99

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