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PipeDZ

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  • The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alex Kershaw
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (150)
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    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

    Kenzibit says: "All for the PEACE & FREEDOM we enjoy today."
    "Excellent Narration of Great Story"
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    Would you listen to The Liberator again? Why?

    Probably not...life is too short, there are so many good books, so I've never listened to an audiobook twice yet...nothing against this one.


    What other book might you compare The Liberator to and why?

    Its kind of a cross between EB Sledge and Rick Atkinson's Trilogy....alledgedly Sparks' story but lots of context thrown in when there clearly seems to be little known of day-day events in his unit


    Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

    BG Felix Sparks of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The helplessness Sparks must have felt when MG Frederick refused to allow his BN to get re-positioned in the Vosges resulting days later in the destruction of his BN....one imagines one would wonder in retrospect whether another approach to the issue at hand could have yielded another outcome


    Any additional comments?

    The narration on this book is excellent even though not by the author. So any shortcomings lay at the author's feet. Kershaw does yeoman service in the book by highlighting the sort of (horrific) war the 45th division had in WWII.
    The one shortcoming in the book is that it lacks insight into WHY decisions were made which adversely impacted Sparks' soldiers...that would have value to future leaders in learning from the challenges faced as described in the book. The book gives you what happened but not insight into as much insight as to why from Sparks' perspective . That said, this book is one which I'll never forget and I highly recommend.

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