Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II: Volume 1 : Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II

  • by Norman Black
  • Narrated by Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret
  • Series: Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II
  • 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The stories of 20 combat veterans in this book tell experiences of average Americans that fought enemies of the US in World War II. They relate much previously unavailable information about the military in which they served and the battles they fought, from North Africa to Europe, where the possibility of death and permanent physical and mental injury was their common experience. This book is a "must listen" for those that think they have learned all there is to know about World War II.

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True stories from real heroes

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend this to anyone with interest in military history. It's basically 20 short biographies of men who have served in the US armed forces in WW2. I learned so much interesting small details which aren't often mentioned in the bigger more wide ranging WW2 histories, this for me made the accounts very personal.


What other book might you compare Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II: Volume 1 to and why?

This is the first book of true military stories I have read like this in mini 'autobiography' fashion, unless of course you want to compare it to World War Z.


Which character – as performed by Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret – was your favorite?

Hard to choose an overall favourite, as many of the stories were touching and really brought home the incredible bravery of 'ordinary' people who in thuth at least in my eyes are extraordinary. I liked the story of Arnold 'Ray' Lambert, such an honest account of a humble guy. A veterinarian who became a medic in the army.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would, if it was done right.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book and I must say I was moved by many accounts in it. Capt. Kevin Spalding was brilliant as narrator and his voicing of the various vets. was excellent.This is my honest unbiased review which I give in return for a review copy of the book.

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- Darren

Cool stories not boring academia.

If you could sum up Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II: Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Real WWII Stories


What other book might you compare Combat Veterans' Stories of World War II: Volume 1 to and why?

Not sure because most books just cover one area. This book is a collection of stories/accounts from various soldiers. I loved listening to the different and often funny accounts.


Have you listened to any of Capt. Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Very well read. Great narration that was accurate for each person's story. Kevin has a voice that is easy to listen to and understand, but full of emotion.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to the book in one setting. It's too long to listen to all at once, but I did listen for a lot longer than I should have each time - it was that good!


Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. However, this is a very good book that I loved listening to. I loved the unique perspective of each story and do not hesitate to recommend this story at all. If I did not like the book, I would say so or just not mention the book.

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- Gary H

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2015
  • Publisher: Norman Black