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by John Steinbeck, Mark Bowden (editor) | Read by Lloyd James

Even Steinbeck fans may not have encountered this collection of wartime journalism on WWII, and Lloyd James's narration makes the wait worthwhile. His voice is comfortable, confident, and confiding as he recounts stories about people rather than events. His delivery is just right for this audiobook as Steinbeck’s purpose was not to gather news, but to report the human side of the war. Some of the many short pieces are funny, and some are heartbreaking; all the people involved come across in their natural voices. Even though there are rarely more than one or two speaking characters in an anecdote, they’re always distinguishable by voice and accent. Like Steinbeck, James clearly appreciates each one of them. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine