Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9780307912107 $45.00 Seventeen CDs
DD ISBN 9780307912114 $27.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2011
CD ISBN 9780307912121 $45.00 Seventeen CDs
The final days of WWII, with the battles of Okinawa and the dropping of the atomic bomb, are "told through the eyes of the participants." Paul Michael's reading isn't dramatic, but through his inflection and tone he adeptly conveys the moods of characters who range from rank-and-file soldiers and atomic bomb survivors to President Truman. The stories cover the historic events in detail—with room for emotion, such as a sub captain recalling his fears and doubts, and for a bit of levity, such as the story of Japanese soldiers sneaking in to watch a Dorothy Lamour movie. Shaara's emphasis on people's stories makes for a moving, fascinating account of the close of WWII. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2011]
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