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

Letters from The Trenches

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Extremely long winded and doesnt translate to an audio book. I was really disappointed. The narration is annoying as previously pointed by other reviewers. The letters themselves are fairly nondescript and repetitious, mainly concentrating on menial matters such as the weather and pay. I feel as the story is written by the grandson of the letter writer, it is more of a personal homage by Grandson to Grandfather. The author makes a few interesting technical points such as that General Douglas Haig commander in chief of the British Forces never actually visited the troops once during this tenure on the front line and was known as the eternal optimist as a whole generation of young innocent men were slain. This becomes fairly evident from the description of the letters, however, as was the norm of the day the front line private Harry Laplin never questions the futility of the tactics of this superiors. I would absolutely recommend " The Reluctant Tommy " by Ronald Skirth. Very moving and fair more detailed.


What was most disappointing about Bill Lamin’s story?

Tedious and the letters in questions are extremely repetitive never actually giving much detail.


Any additional comments?

More of an educational text to University students working on a thesis.

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- martin

Book Details

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