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Charlie Cochrane's tale may have been set in WWI but the experience can be applied even to today's lives...at least mine. I related so much with Tom Donald and his experiences of never telling the one that you love...Kevin Stillwell's narration was fantastic and made the characters come to life. A great story...
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This is a sweet romance. The author successfully casts you into the cadence of an epistolary relationship set in the years of World War I. Sufficiently self-contained but leaves you wanting (in a good way) to know more about the characters and their lives.
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What did you like most about Promises Made Under Fire?
I like the build up of the characters, the great description, the of-the-time appropriate vocabulary used (that I had to look up to discover what they meant) and small idiosyncrasies of all the characters.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the twist to the story. Although somewhat guessable as the protagonist also wonders, I enjoyed how it was woven well before me.
What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?
The narration was sincere and variable which was good. Only issue I had was that the characters are meant to be in the 20-30s but with the narrators' voice, it made them sound much older. However, given the times that this was set, it may well be that this is how the projected their voices and spoke.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
As secret love intended.
Any additional comments?
A perfect short story with a clear beginning and end that leaves the reader fulfilled.
A review for an audio book is slightly different to a review for a written book, they are the same story but for an audiobook to work, especially if the listener has not read the story first, the narrator has to be able to convey the right tone, inflection and pace for the story to resonate without the listener loosing track of what is going on. The narrator for Promises Under Fire is Kevin Stillwell, and his narration in a slow, dry, English voice is perfect. Even though I could have been doing anything while listening to the story I found myself absorbed in it.