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Boy, I enjoyed this audio book!!! I generally don't take the time to write reviews but just felt that this book was so entertaining that I'd like folks to know about it.
I'm an aviation geek who has only read a few stories about aviation in the Korea War. And, while it's not very technical (in fact, I wish it was a bit more technical), there was some very cool flying in this book. But, the story also covered gripping and heartbreaking stories about marines on the ground.
While I wouldn't say it delved very deeply into issues of racism (I was a bit surprised that Jesse Brown didn't seem to encounter more of it), the coverage it did provide really made me think about what it means to face it from childhood and the powerlessness it must make its victims feel.
At times DEVOTION had me biting my lip with scared anticipation. At other times it had me in tears. I really do recommend it to anyone who loves great stories about people struggling through incredibly tough circumstances.
A FEW, MINOR ISSUES
While, overall I loved it, I guess I did have a few, minor issues with DEVOTION. It is 'pop' history written not only to educate but also to entertain a target audience. As such:
1) I felt it was a bit too rah-rah America and freedom. I don't disagree with the sentiment but books like FLYBOYS present a bit more of a balanced approach to treating the enemy, as cruel a they might have been, as humans.
2) In the effort to draw the reader in emotionally, I felt like the book was a bit 'syrupy' at times. For example, including Jesse's last letter home, at the end of the book, was an attempt to build emotion that, at least to me, seemed a bit inappropriate.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It made feel as if I was back in Korea again.
And today's events sound as if its all going to happen again.
What does Dominic Hoffman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr. Hoffman's tone and pace make it sound as if he's actually a witness to the story.
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