War Letters

  • by Andrew Carroll
  • Narrated by Joan Allen, Tom Brokaw
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1998, Andrew Carroll founded the Legacy Project with the goal of remembering Americans who have served this nation and preserving their letters for posterity. Since then, more than 50,000 war letters discovered in basements, attics, scrapbooks, and old trunks have poured in from around the country. The best of these letters are assembled in this extraordinary collection, offering unprecedented insight into the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, Korea, the Cold War, the Persian Gulf, and even the fighting in Somalia and the Balkans.Featured here are dramatic accounts of combat written immediately after the most ferocious battles American troops have ever faced; poignant expressions of love by homesick husbands and sweethearts; humorous anecdotes and gripes about insufferable conditions; thoughtful recollections on the nature of warfare; and perhaps most devastating, a startling number of last letters, heartfelt messages penned just hours before the sender was killed.These historic letters capture the full fury and intensity of warfare, and they reveal in vivid detail what the servicemen and women of this nation have experienced and sacrificed on the front lines. War Letters is a lasting tribute to those who have fought for this country, and celebrates the enduring power and lyricism of personal letters.Read by an all-star cast, including Joan Allen, Michael Beach, Tom Brokaw, Hope Davis, Robert Foxworth, Lukas Haas, Edward Herrmann, Rob Lowe, Julianna Margulies, Giovanni Ribisi, Campbell Scott, John Slattery, Eric Stoltz, David Strathairn, Noah Wyle, and Steve Zahn.

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What the Critics Say

"The power of these voices...is undeniable, and the sentiments and observations they record have a compelling immediacy." (Publishers Weekly)
"Carroll honors us all with his gift to the nation of the superb War Letters." (James Bradley )

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One of the best...

This was easily one of the best audio books I've heard to date. In fact, I think it works even better as an audio book vs written text. The acting was subperb! I think he should have stopped with Vietnam but that's just a personal opinion. The WWII letters were absolutely gripping and even brought a few tears to my eyes hearing the fear in their written words. Fantastic!
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- Amazon Customer

War Letters

When you listen to these letters it makes war real and not just something you read about in a book or newspaper.The soldiers that died had names,family,friends,sweethearts or wives,and future dreams.You will enjoy this one.
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2001
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio