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Publisher's Summary

Soldier Girls follows the lives of three women on their paths to the military. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

©2014 Helen Thrope (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic Reviews

".... a solid chunk of American history...." - ( The New York Times Book Review)
Starred review. ".... this visceral narrative illuminates the role of women in the military...." ( Publishers Weekly)
"With a novelist's perception of character, drama, and telling detail, Helen Thorpe magically weaves together the stories of three very different but equally compelling women soldiers. Taken together, their stories provide an intimate window on life in the military, the impact of war, and the difficult transition to home. This is an absolutely terrific and important work." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

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Healing and Insightful

What made the experience of listening to Soldier Girls the most enjoyable?

I have a more clear understanding of my partner's military and war experiences. I learned so much about the total picture of what war does to people and their family members.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Soldier Girls?

When one of the characters (don't want to spoil it for another listener)continued to grow and did not give up on her goal of pursing higher education.

Which character – as performed by Donna Postel – was your favorite?

Desma- I want to thank her for sharing her story.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That the National Guard is under appreciated big time in our country. As Americans we owe them a huge debt.Grateful that therapists can make such a huge difference in the lives of veterans.

Any additional comments?

Should be required reading for anyone who loves a veteran. This book was life changing for me in my understanding of my partner's war experiences.Proud to be a Hoosier.

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  • Stephen
  • Red Bluff, CA, United States
  • 03-11-15

A GOOD & SOLID TRUE STORY

It took me awhile to get into the book but it was worth the journey. I didn't care for some of the language. Donna Postel was a great reader and the book is good. The insight into the war in Afganistan was very interesting. And it sounded crazy that they are sending 50 year olds to war. When I was in the marines 30 years ago, The top age was 28.

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  • Susan
  • United States
  • 02-20-15

Robot voice horrible

Absolutely fantastic story but I would not I would hesitate to recommend this to friends because of the horrible voice

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A female Face to the Military

What did you love best about Soldier Girls?

I loved this book, how well-rounded it was, detailing the optinions and thoughts and experiences of three female soldiers from vastly different backgrounds - those who fell apart, those who kept it together. While it is a unique look at female soldiers, this quite conceivably could have, for the most part, detailed the morale of any group of soldiers fighting in these wars.

Any additional comments?

The narrator and the author seemed to team up and deliver a compulsively readable package! I loved Thorpe's "Just Like Us" and was thrilled that she wrote another book.
Well worth your time and credit.

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Conference of Women

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it. It has a good story with soul and the narrator did a decent job.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Soldier Girls?

When the 2nd tour came up and they had to go again, separated.

If you could give Soldier Girls a new subtitle, what would it be?

Conference of Women

Any additional comments?

I didn't love the ending. I wish it would have been deeper, more girth, more something. It just ended with so many lose ends. Characters were forgotten about and since it is based on real life...it leaves you hanging.

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Amazing stories of three veterans

I could not stop listening, was drawn into these women's lives and stories. Several veterans in my family, and I'm very interested in speaking to them about their experiences. Wonderful narrator, she did an excellent job portraying the individual women and their stories. Absolutely recommend.

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An opening of ones eyes

Learned so much about just how hard it was for women in the military. Never realized just how many people where effected, that part time soldier's where sent - let alone more then once. The story is not a thriller, keep you at the edge of your seat, but was still very enjoyable and you wanted to know what happened to these amazing women. No problems getting through it, it kept you engaged.

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Essential account from women who were deployed.

Soldier Girls puts both wars and our military involvement in human terms. It is triumph and tragedy. I hope the twenty something's will read this book to gain insight into the distance between those making life and death decisions and those who carry them out. Also the reader had the right tone for the story.

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Great Look at Women Soliders

For some reason or another I have found myself fascinated with the lives of women soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As I have read and researched many other books about this subject this book is a great look and insight to one facet of women soldiers.

The two of the three women in this story came from homes that were less than functional and saw the National Guard as means to support themselves and get a college degree. They were not looking to be sent anywhere but 9/11 changed many peoples lives as it did theirs.

Some ex military women have given this book harsh reviews because it didn't represent all military women. This book does represent military women, just not all military women. Yes some women in the military had families with the means to send them to college, those women enlisted in the regular armed service and became officers. So If you want to read about that facet of military women read "Ashley's War" and "Kimberly's War" This book is about three women who were just looking to support families and get ahead in life through the National Guard and the world changed

This book explores the close ties people make in a war zone, the self doubt about if what they are doing is worthwhile, the sexual excapades of male and female soldiers when brought together in a close environment, trying to readjust when returning to home and how war changes families forever.

The narrator does a good job and conveyed the personality of these three women. If your interested in this subject its a great read.

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Timely

The war affected many- don't ever forget their stories!! Well told, well read. Worth your time!

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