Letters from the Trenches

  • by Bill Lamin
  • Narrated by Geoff Annis
  • 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at 13 to work in the lace industry. But by December 1916 he had been conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, and sent to war. Harry's letters home to his family describe the conflict with a poignant immediacy, even 90+ years on, detailing everything from the action in battle to the often amusing incidents of life amongst his comrades.
Throughout the letters, Harry's tone is unwaveringly stoical, uncomplaining and good-humoured. "Letters from the Trenches" is a fitting tribute to the unsung heroes of the Great War who fought and endured and returned home, and the one in six who did not. The letters describe the war through the eyes of those who really lived it, bringing the horrors and triumphs to life for the 21st-century listener.
Edited by Harry's grandson, Bill, Letters from the Trenches tells the moving story of a brave, selfless, and honourable man who endured everything that the war could throw at him, and still came up smiling.

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A real account of a real person

This is an account of one man's experiences during the extraordinary events of the World War 1 trenches. Within minutes of starting to listen, you will feel that you know the subject, Harry.

This is NOT a history book. This is an engaging personal account of a Private soldier.

Geoff Annis has pitched his reading perfectly. He effortlessly adopts the correct east midlands accent when reading Harry's letters, returning to a simple South Yorkshire style for the narration - absolutely perfect.
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- Catherine

Dissapointing

Whilst the write up was promising - I was a little dissapointed by this. Not by the content in particular - just the narrator. When listening to something, it is important to have a voice that is engaging. I found the narrator to drone a little and there were parts of this reading that were incredibly repetative. I am aware that it is an 'unabridged' version- but when reading the book - you would not nessasarily read the address of each letter each time? This became very tiresome very quickly.The book reads like a 7hr version of 'Who Do You Think You Are'.

Aside form that - the story of Harry Lamin is a charming one,and the journey that the author, his Grandson, has made in his quest is obviously a personal one.

If you can ignore the addresses being read out at every turn - then it is an average listen.
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- Charly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2010
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks