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I listened to this book having read a number of very engaging books about WWII. As a 47 year old male who never experienced war, I am fascinated by the bravery of men like Sparks who experienced brutality and bravery on a scale seldom matched.
Listening to this book while driving in my car to work, I found myself for the first time understanding the pain and sacrifice of men who moved toward danger and fought for an ideal. I cannot fathom what it was like on the beaches, caves and in the most terrifying situations but I can understand that these men are special and for that no amount of gratitude comes even close to thanking them.
The book really hit home when Sparks and his men liberated Dachau. With absolutely no frame of reference to see this living nightmare, it is no wonder that any of these men could even articulate what transpired. When one of the soldiers said "now I know what we were fighting against", nothing could have connected the dots better regarding the need to fight such an evil.
To anyone who wants to understand what war is like and look up to men who are real heroes...please listen to this book.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Liberator to be better than the print version?
Sorry never read the print version
What did you like best about this story?
Despite being in hellish situations the good of men can come to fore
Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not a chance
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Great man. Incredible story. Nicely narrated. To put it simply, I was captivated from the beaches of Sicily to the very end of the story.
the selfless acts and fearlessness that this leader of men shown both during and post war should be shown and used as an educational tool to help a new generation realise how people can and should care for one another.
A fantastic book which made me change my own priorities in life
This book is completely and utterly engrossing. It is simply one of the best accounts I've encountered. Sparks fought through 500 days of hell on earth that I just can't imagine. Even though the book revolves around the war, the pre and post war narratives are equally interesting. I find the ending poignant. The narration is excellent although Sanders' accents aren't the best. The book provides an interesting and new perspective through which to view the SS that I had not really considered before. I always find it difficult to reconcile the fact that young men were plucked from the best years of their lives, were required to do ungodly things, yet after victory they were simply returned to society from whence they came. This book encapsulates the lifelong trauma that accompanied these men.