A story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War. This is a war story for sure with graphic description of a life-and-death air battle. However, its real message is one of the power of friendship and our common human need for reconciliation.
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Powerful Story of Reconcilliation
My Enemy, My Friend is among the most compelling audiobooks I have listened to. It is both historical and contemporary in its content.
It stands alone as a modern day story of "mortal enemies" who find a way to reconcile long after the Vietnam War is over. The journey to actually meeting face-to-face makes for a satisfying audiobook.
I have not listened to any of his previous performances.
I was emotionally touched at several points in the narrative. After visiting the "Hanoi Hilton," when Hong My put his arm around Gen. Cherry's shoulder and patted his back to console him over the punishment the prisoners endured is an especially emotional moment. Later in the narrative when John Stiles recognizes the absolute positive impact of meeting Hong My and coming to an understanding of what took place on the day he was shot down is also a strong moment. Finally, when Hong My explains why he didn't like the book. It was the title - My Enemy, My Friend - not the book that he did not like. As Hong My explained, they were just soldiers doing the best they could for their countries during a very difficult time.