Devon, a suicidal man, learns to appreciate life again during the first day of the battle of the Somme, which is regarded as the bloodiest day in British military history.
He finds himself trapped in a crater, pinned down by relentless machine-gun fire all day long. Strange things begin to happen around him....
Devon waits in fear of what the night will bring.
©2016 Richard Francis Whittaker (P)2016 Richard Francis Whittaker
I definitely would recommend this story to friends because it is only an hour long, so it can be listened to just about any time! In that short amount of time, the listener will follow a man who wishes for death... Or so he thinks, and ends up getting his wish to look death in the face in the war. The narration is relaxing and beautiful as well, bringing a lot of life to a ghost story!
There are more than just soldiers accompanying him. A mysterious woman with glowing eyes appears to him, and from there his adventure being face-to-face with death (and what is left behind after death) only becomes more wild!
When Devon has his conversation with a dead Tommy, and all the chaos surrounding it, as well as Devon's efforts to justify all that is happening in front of him, and why he craves death but fears it all at once, was definitely the most memorable.
I love this title, and wouldn't change it!
R. F. Whittaker does it again! As a fan of his written work, this branch into audiobooks is very exciting! His pairing with Jake Urry is absolutely perfect!
"A chilling account of one of the worst battles"
The voice of Jake Urry is perfect for this atmospheric and chilling tale. It is well paced and the characters are voiced very effectively.
The story is only one hour long, so it was ideal listening for a single sitting.
"Powerful story, excellently told!"
Vivid, Touching, Gritty
Jake Urry shows a lot of promise with this short story. I think he is a new narrator but he handles this very well and has a very listenable voice - I hope he narrates some longer stories and will keep an eye out for him in the future.
It was a strong telling of one man's struggle through a much covered event in world history. While it's hard for a writer to be original with this kind of historical material, the author manages this with vivid and sometimes daring imagery.
"Great story and fantastic narration"
Jake Urry is so easy to listen to and I loved the changing accents. At times the storyline was heartbreaking and I had a lump in my throat at the end. This will appeal to many people, not just those interested in war as it also explores relationships and mortality. A big thumbs up from me for my first audiobook and I'll certainly be looking to expand my audio library in the future.
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