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This was a very good audiobook and the narrator was perfectly chosen for it. I have a great uncle who was killed at Vimy Ridge - his body was never found - not unlike the principal character in this book, and my grandfather lost his arm at the Lens in 1917. I've long been very interested in the First World War and I made my own visit to the battlefields of the First World War in May 2009, likely a similar time of year when the author made his trip.
The author recounts in a very similar to one that has gone through mine many times, albeit mine would be from a Canadian perspective. I don't nit pick on historical accuracy but generally I think he was right on the mark. This is about a personal sojourn, and piecing together the story of a young soldier's experiences through diaries and letters of those who also served at the front, for those of us 90+ years in the future.
At times it was very emotional - like his visit to Ypres and the Menin Gate - because it so closely mirrored my own; and at other times it was interesting, absorbing you in a story that is not new to you, but still fascinating.
So much has been written about the First World War, and so little is new. This isn't new - there are many similar accounts out there. But it is brilliantly told, wonderfully narrated and a very enjoyable and moving listen.
For people interested in the First World War - interested in a story about what it might have been like, and not an item by item account of a battle, this is well worth buying.
Where does The Forgotten Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Top five. It is a really great read and I kept trying to find time to listen to it.
What did you like best about this story?
the combination of first hand accounts and the authors own journey. I know a fair bit about the first world war and this area of Belgium but I learnt so much from the book.
Have you listened to any of Adrian Palmer’s other performances? How does this one compare?
First time I've had him as a reader and I liked it.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending. I won't go into as I don't want to ruin it! Just brilliant.
Any additional comments?
Buy this book! It is so well written and so easy to relate to. Purchasing a printed copy for my mum and for me as well I liked it so much.
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