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A nice book for kids.
on July 23, 2013
On the Wings of Heroes wasn't a bad book, but I didn't think it was all that. The audiobook didn't have much of a plot, but I did enjoy Richard Peck's sketches of stateside life during World War II. The story is told from the perspective of a pre-teen boy whose older brother has gone to the war in Europe. On the Wings of Heroes isn't really about the war, though. Instead it covers things like scrap drives, air-raid drills, food and gas rations, and blackouts. The adventures of the main character and his best friend are pretty tame when compared to the likes of Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, but Peck's writing did make me smile at times. Richard Peck also tried to draw an emotional response from the reader through the experiences of the older brother, who was missing in action for a while after his plane went down somewhere in France, but Peck didn't develop the character enough for me to feel anything for him. Overall, On the Wings of Heroes felt like it might be more appropriate for younger readers, although I don't know if the author intended it that way.
Lincoln Hopp did a fair job in the narration of On the Wings of Heroes. He used some different voices that weren't too bad. I think it might have been his slightly slower pace, and enunciation that made this feel more like a middle grade audiobook.
On The Wings Of Heroes is a period piece, similar to Mark Twain's work, only not written so well. If you want to know what life was like here in the States during the war, this audiobook will satisfy you.