Nobel laureate John Steinbeck's bracing from-the-frontlines account of World War II In 1943 John Steinbeck was on assignment for The New York Herald Tribune, writing from Italy and North Africa, and from England in the midst of the London blitz. In his dispatches he focuses on the human-scale effect of the war, portraying everyone from the guys in a bomber crew to Bob Hope on his USO tour and even fighting alongside soldiers behind enemy lines. Taken together, these writings create an indelible portrait of life in wartime.
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by John Steinbeck
by John Kessel
"Even Steinbeck fans may not have encountered this collection of wartime journalism on WWII, and Lloyd James's narration makes the wait worthwhile. His voice is comfortable, confident, and confiding as he recounts stories about people rather than events. His delivery is just right for this audiobook as SteinbeckÕs purpose was not to gather news, but to report the human side of the war. Some of the many short pieces are funny, and some are heartbreaking; all the people involved come across in their natural voices. Even though there are rarely more than one or two speaking characters in an anecdote, theyÕre always distinguishable by voice and accent. Like Steinbeck, James clearly appreciates each one of them. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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