Listeners will be quickly drawn into this romantic novel set in two time periods. Tom, a young American orphan, found himself working for room, board, and a small stipend at the Verdun battlefield in 1921, helping the priests with anything they needed, including collecting bones for an ossuary. When, in 1950, he unexpectedly reconnects with Paul, his thoughts return to that past to find meaning and closure. Narrator Jacques Roy transports Tom and listeners back through those memories with an incredible performance. Speaking in the first person as Tom, Roy keeps his voice even and well paced as Tom ponders his memories and regrets. French accents for the priests, an Austrian accent for Paul, and unique voices for Sarah and even minor characters who appear only once add emotional power to a love story that examines the human costs of war. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2018]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9781508255017 $19.99
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