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Tyler J. Smith

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  • Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Zuehlke
    • Narrated By Thomas Fawley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is the story of the average Canadian who volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force told through the lens of one battalion - the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. This Highland Regiment fought in the Ypres Salient and in the Somme, at Vimy, Passchendaele, and Amiens. It suffered the first gas attack; its ranks were decimated as it fought at virtually every major battle in the European theatre.

    Jean says: "Oh, those brave men!"
    "Casual Listener"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brave Battalion to be better than the print version?

    Having read many of Mark Zuehlke's books, I am a little biased. I would say it is more convenient.


    What aspect of Thomas Fawley’s performance would you have changed?

    Thomas does not speak as fluidly as he might have otherwise done. As well, one little thing that was a huge annoyance was his pronounciation of Regina (Canadian commanders labelled objectives with familiar names, and commonly used city names like Sudbury, Vancouver, etc). I cringed everytime he said "Reg-eeee-na" instead "Reg-eye-nah".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have definitely listened to it in several LONG sittings.


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  • The Diary of a RAF Lancaster Bomber Pilot: World War II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Les Joy
    • Narrated By Les Joy
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Leslie Joy flew in World War II for the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Lancaster Bomber Pilot. In November 2011, at the age of 88, he recorded this audiobook at his home in North Yorkshire, England. Hear Les tell his very own gripping story about life during and after World War II. Listen to Les recall how he was trained by the RAF as a pilot in Canada, experienced New York City and Chicago as a young man and then how he returned to England to become one of Britain's World War II heroes.

    Tyler J. Smith says: "Thank You Les"
    "Thank You Les"
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    What about Les Joy’s performance did you like?

    It was like sitting down with a veteran, a pint of beer, and talking for hours about the amazing things he's seen, the way it was back then, and getting his personal thoughts on the whole matter. Very off the cuff, and quite entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I nearly did. It's a quick listen, perhaps too quick, and I didn't want to stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The horror of going up in the Lancaster, and the terrors he experienced was not touched on very much, but this is understandable. It does leave the listening wanting to know more about the raids he participated on, but all is forgiven, and all is appreciated!

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