Unabridged CDs ? 5 CDs, 6 hours
Based on his Pulitzer Prize?winning story, Jim Sheeler?s unprecedented look at the way our country honors its dead; Final Salute is a stunning tribute to the brave troops who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and to the families who continue to mourn them.
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by Jim Carnes
by Jim Bishop
by Jim Rasenberger
by Professor Mark Polelle
by Stephen R. Platt
by Jim Crace
by Jim Murphy
by Jim Walker
by Jim Butcher
"Jim Sheeler reports on the families of soldiers who have been killed in action, as well as the soldiers Stateside who tend to those families' needs. Narrator Mark Deakins's sonorous start reflects the dread felt by Marine Major Steve Beck as he prepares to notify a family of its loss. Deakins gives depth to all the family portraits by giving his narration full emotional power, especially in the expressive quotes. Using a tone of respect, he voices family members' motions of anger and sorrow, as well as their love for those killed. Individual portrayals, like the one of the pregnant widow who spends a last night with her husband's flag-draped coffin, communicate both the grief of the families and the dedication of the soldiers who accompany them on their difficult journeys. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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