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I love reading personal accounts of historical events. Prior to listening to this book I knew very little about the Donner party experience and not much about America's westward expansion in the 1800s. This story is truly amazing for two reasons. The personal courage and perseverance of those involved is beyond anything I could imagine. Also, this book is so well researched and documented that I have confidence the story occurred just as it is written. Some might consider this book just because of the well known accounts of cannibalism but there is so much more. It is a story of commitment, resolve, and heroism in the face of extreme trials.
I really enjoyed this book because the author humanized much of this conflict for me and helped me appreciate just how harrowing air combat was in the 1940s. He offers many specific stories about what individuals went through preparing for and executing very dangerous missions. Beyond that, he also tells in detail what the German civilians endured as a result of Hilter's determination to continue even when it was clear the war was lost. This is much more than just a dry historical recounting of the war as a whole. It is very personal and engaging. I highly recommend this book.
I knew this was a book I should've read long ago but never got around to it. This performance made it extremely interesting and really brought the characters to life. I didn't really understand much of the French Revolution and how England was impacted by events in the nearby country. The character development was exceptional. This may be my favorite Dickens work now.
Frank Muller's reading of this story mad it come to life. The inflections and accents helped me greatly in keeping the characters straight.
This book addresses issues that are represented in every international conflict. How soldiers deal with the horrors and depravity of war are the same in Afghanistan now as they were in WWI. While listening to this book is not necessarily "fun," it is very thought-provoking and helps me understand the stories I hear now from friends and relatives who have deployed to the Middle East.
I know many folks are reading the books being written now by returning heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan. I regard "All Quiet" as a primer on how soldiers learn to deal with war.
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