16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A great, if brutal, reading of this book.,
This review is from: War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars (Audio Cassette)
This set of CD's runs well over six hours, and I don't recommend doing it all in one setting. I did one a day, a felt like I got a wonderful- if that's the right word- walk through some of the most brutal wars our country has been involved in. I listened with my son, who is just starting to study the civil war in school, and found it to be a wonderful study aid- it brought up questions and perked his curiousity in certain areas that a simple textbook could never hope to do.
The readings themselves are quite wonderful. Harry Smith narrates, and then you hear the actual letters read by a group of some of the best actors I've heard on audio books- Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Eric Stoltz, Campbell Scott and Edward Hermann. Apparently Rob Lowe also read some, but I couldn't tell which voice was his. In any case, the readings are simple and heartfelt, letting the words themselves sink in, and it's just terrific.
If you want your children to get an understanding of the true horrors of war, listen to this with them. It doesn't glamourize it like so many war movies, but explores a personal side that most kids never even consider.
I give it the highest rating possible.