- Stories of Bravery, Friendship, Life and Death from Inside the New Canadian Army
- Narrated by: Matilda Novak
- Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 19-12-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Her reporting of the conflict and her deeply empathetic observations of the men and women who wear the maple leaf are words for the ages, fit to stand alongside the nation's best writing on war. It is a testament to Christie Blatchford's skills and integrity that along with the admiration of her readers, she won the respect and trust of the soldiers. They share breathtakingly honest accounts of their desire to serve, their willingness to confront fear and danger in the battlefield, their loyalty towards each other and the heartbreak occasioned by the loss of one of their own.
Grounded in insights gained over the course of three trips to Afghanistan in 2006, and drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews not only with the servicemen and -women with whom she shared so much, but with their commanders and family members as well, Christie Blatchford creates a detailed, complex and deeply affecting picture of military life in the 21st century.
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By Jean on 21-01-12
A must read book
I am an American, but had serviced in the Canadian Navy back in the 1950's so I was interested in reading about the new Canadian military service. I had heard that Canada had combined all the military service and then proceed to almost destroy the military I was curious to learn how much of that was true. The author, Christie Blatchford was an embedded reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian light Infantry out of Edmonton Alberta. Afghanistan is the first time the Canadian Military was in Combat since the Korean war, and from what I have learned in this book and from other sources Canada has up held the proud history it acquired in WWI and WWII. The story covers 15 days only of the year (2006) deployment and is told from the story of the menand women involved in each of the action. Telling the personal story of each of the soldiers that died and those who won medals of bravery. It also tells the story of the first Canadian women killed in combat. This book provides an excellent insight into what really is happening with the type of warfare taking place in Afghanistan. The constant fear of stepping or driving over a bomb as well as car or people as suicide bombers. The slow changes made in helping the people and the role the Canadian military plays in helping the medical care and education for the people and children of Afghanistan. This book is a must read to understand what the military (NATO) faces in Afghanistan. The American press give very little coverage to the role and deaths of our allies serving beside us in Afghanistan this book demonstrates that other countries also have grieving families from this war.
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By Erik on 28-05-12
Essential Reading for Canadians
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Most certainly. Audio or printed, every Canadian should know what our troops went through as directed by our Government which, by extention, is what we asked of them.
Who was your favorite character and why?
There are no "characters" as this is a non-fiction work.
What three words best describe Matilda Novak’s performance?
Tried too hard.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are very many touching and emotional stories within this book
Any additional comments?
THe narrator, when not trying to emulate the male voice, was quite good.
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