Threads of the War collects and shares personal narratives during real events across the span of the 20th century's war. From the seats of a German cinema in 1915 and high over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to under the water of the port of Alexandria, Egypt, and on a rail line in East Prussia in 1945, the listener is carried from one front of war to another in short, easily listenable yet emotionally compelling bursts. Each story in this collection opens the door to a unique personal facet of war, exposing the listener to the facts, fictions, and fallacies of armed violence. Following each story the listener is provided specific and revealing facts about the events narrated, offering both entertainment and education within the time it takes to read a blog post.
©2015 Jeremy R Strozer (P)2016 Jeremy R Strozer
This is far outside my normal choice of listening material but I really enjoyed it!
John Pirhalla is a talented reader-he has tremendous range and his voice really added to the narrative. I look forward to listening to another one of his readings.
This is a really enjoyable listen!
Brian's Book Blog
Threads of the War tells different stories throughout history from a first person perspective. The stories are all true and based on real events, but the first person accounts are fictional, using details from history to tell amazing tales.
John Pirhalla does the narration for Threads of the War and seriously makes each story captivating. He is also able to do various different accents throughout making this stories really come alive. Pirhalla would go from a German accent to a southern American the next as the flash fiction stories came alive and it sounded like a different person each time. Absolutely wonderful job.
Threads of the War doesn't really fit in with my "typical" genres on here, but what you don't know about me is that I absolutely love history. I love sitting and learning something about the past, especially things that I didn't know before and this was definitely full of stories I didn't know.
I love the mixture of fact and fiction and the way that Strozer was able to write stories based off of historical events. I also really liked the idea of these being "flash fiction" stories where you don't spend more than a couple minutes on each story. It really was a refreshingly quick read.
Overall, if you enjoy history and would like some great storytelling thrown into stories you may or may not know then Threads of the War is for you. Also, if you just need a quick read in the morning while you're in the restroom -- instead of browsing Facebook, you should read one of these stories instead. Maybe you'll learn something!
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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These non-combat stories are more like snippets of events. Each fictional snippet is followed by it's basis in fact. I love the concept but I wish he would have put the fact first then the story. It would have prepared the listener better for the story. I was a little confused at first before I picked up on the format. The narrator was phenomenal. He really made the stories come to life. All the varied voices and accents were impressive. To be the voice of a German child in one story then pull off the voice of a French battleship the next was great. The Woody Guthrie story was particularly powerful.
I liked that the writer took chose some lesser known side events from WW2. The different points of view are very original. I've never heard a story told from the point of view of a French battleship. The subject matter is incredibly varied from a Czech slave camp to Eisenhower turning down a big check to Mussolini teaching the goosestep to an aging Drew Barrymore wondering why his Japanese gardener was being taken away.
Honestly I kept listening because of his voice at first. I would try to guess what the factoid at the end of the story was. When he went from Mussolini's voice in one story to a priest at Pearl Harbor in the next to sailors listening to Woody Guthrie I was blown away.
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