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Publisher's Summary

A Pea Coat Goes Home is the story of a 70-year-old coat that the author and his father shared throughout their lives. The coat will survive a world war, be worn during a marriage proposal and handed down to the author as he wears it in his own youth. The coat will occupy many closets as lives change until it is ultimately returned to the ship (now a museum) where its original owner served during World War II.

©2015 Les Rolston (P)2015 Revival Waves of Glory Books & Publishing

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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 04-18-16

Not good

I didn't like this book it was boring to me.
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or for an unbiased via audiobookBlast dot com."

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • R
  • 10-05-15

Riveting !

What did you love best about A Pea Coat Goes Home?

A wonderful story that brings to life a time in history and the relationship between a son and the father he reveres. It was even more meaningful to me having grown up in one of the areas mentioned and having served at sea. It was narrated perfectly as if the narrator was relaying his very own story and not one written by another. He made me feel like I was there.

Have you listened to any of Gary A Mason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first performance I have listened to by Gary A Mason, it will not be my last. Very well done sir.

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

I did listen to it all in one sitting. It is short enough that I would recommend listening to it without interruption.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Nice short story full of history and legacy

What made the experience of listening to A Pea Coat Goes Home the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the story, it was interesting and I appreciated the importance of history and the legacy that we leave.

What did you like best about this story?

Wartime stories always interest me, especially those laced with truth.

What about Gary A Mason’s performance did you like?

Gary A. Mason did a great job convincing me he was the son of the soldier and that he respected and loved his dad.

Any additional comments?

When I listen to a book, if I am too focused on the reader instead of the story, I find it's not a good listen. With this book, as well as, Easter at Glosser's, I immediately got immersed in the story, which tells me the narrator is doing his job well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great narration and a heart warming story

I really enjoyed the narration of this book. The story is sentimental but very genuine.

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"Cat's in the Cradle" in the Pacific Theater

While the book is centered around the elder Rolston's service during World War II, it takes a backseat to the message of respect and reverence that a son has for his father. One that is deeply felt if not always expressed. This was loving, lovely tribute to a good man.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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An Endearing Personal Biography

A Pea Coat Goes Home was a neat listen. The history of this coat was and is outstanding. I love history like this. It's so exciting that the coat is going to be put in the ship's museum and the way the author, Les Rolston began with the early family history even before his father Ken, back to his father's father Earl who had been a dairy farmer in Pennsylvania was interesting.

One of the parts I thought was cute about the author was the motorcycle in the tree. I also enjoyed the nostalgia of him wearing the coat. Also the history of the CV-2 (Lady Lex) and the CV-16 Lexington (The Blue Ghost) was amazing.

The narrator, Gary A. Mason did a truly moving job telling this story. He really portrayed the author's feelings I think. His voice resonated well in this memoir.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Low-key memoir

This book is a loving memoir of the authors father and his father's
service on the Lexington in World War II. It's very factualand the theme gets lost in the details. I must confess that I was interrupted after listening to the first third of the book and had to force myself to come back and finish it.

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A Pea Coat Goes Home

Would you consider the audio edition of A Pea Coat Goes Home to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print / ebook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ken

What about Gary A Mason’s performance did you like?

His voice was just the right choice for this nostalgic, heartwarming short story.

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

Yes, it's under one hour long.

Any additional comments?

I thought this was very touching. There was souch love from the for the memories for his father.

Thank you for making this story available.

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  • Jan
  • United States
  • 04-17-16

A son's tribute to a good man and his ship

A wonderful tribute to the author's father and many others. Raised on a farm, and with a limited formal education but a genius at mechanical things, the dad joined the naval war effort and was assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington, where he served throughout the war. Many anecdotes are threaded through this brief tale of the man, the ship, the family at home and on board ship. The Lexington is now in the custody of the Park Service, and the tangible reminder of the dad's naval service is part of this memorial berthed in Texas.
The narrator is a good storyteller and adds to the tone of reminiscence.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast.

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A fine story of family history

This is the true story about a coat, the author (Les) and his father (Ken). Les discovered the coat in the attic when he was 6. Even then, he was drawn to it. By the 9th grade, Les was wearing it to and from school until he grew too big to fit into it. This Navy pea coat became a touchstone for Les, who delved into family history.

Ken’s father (Earl) was a dairy farmer and, Ken felt his job choices were limited since he lacked a high school education. He joined the Navy and made it through WWII. Les retells his father’s tales of his time in the military, both the good and the bad. It’s a refreshing look at WWII times without being overly dramatic or glorifying the cost of the war in body counts.

Ken met Les’s mother while on leave but they didn’t tie the knot until near the end of the war. Les grew up in a three-generation household, and his strong sense of family ties comes through clearly in this story. The women are mentioned in passing in this tale (and, of course, I would have liked to know a bit more about them) but this is, after all, primarily a tale about Les and his father and the sharing of family history.

I enjoyed this short non-fiction work. It felt like a touching story instead of dry, dusty history being told in a monotone voice. Both Les and Ken exhibit feelings through out the retelling of war tales. The pea coat is now part of a museum and that seems a very fitting end for it.

I received a copy of this book from the narrator at no cost (via the GoodReads Audiobooks Group) in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: Gary Mason did a pretty good job. While the narrative didn’t call for many character voices, Mason used a story-teller voice to full effect. When Les or Ken exhibited emotion, Mason did a good job of getting those emotions across to the listener. My one criticism is that the production sounds a little tinny. It is consistent throughout, so after a few minutes it is easy to tune out.