France, 1915: Lieutenant Tom Donald envies everything about fellow officer Frank Foden - his confidence, his easy manner with the men in the trenches, the affectionate letters from his wife. Frank shares these letters happily, drawing Tom into a vicarious friendship with a woman he's never met. Although the bonds of friendship forged under fire are strong, Tom can't be so open with Frank - he's attracted to men and could never confess that to anyone.
When Frank is killed in no-man's-land, he leaves behind a mysterious request for Tom: to deliver a sealed letter to a man named Palmer. Tom undertakes the commission while on leave - and discovers that almost everything he thought he knew about Frank is a lie....
©2013 Charlie Cochrane (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"A Great Story..."
Charlie Cochrane's tale may have been set in WWI but the experience can be applied even to today's lives...at least mine. I related so much with Tom Donald and his experiences of never telling the one that you love...Kevin Stillwell's narration was fantastic and made the characters come to life. A great story...
"Sweet novella - very good narration"
This is a sweet romance. The author successfully casts you into the cadence of an epistolary relationship set in the years of World War I. Sufficiently self-contained but leaves you wanting (in a good way) to know more about the characters and their lives.
I don't understand why this book gets such good reviews. It took me ages to get through it, even though it is a short book. It only picked up for me at the very end. I found it quite dull, mostly because of the narration, I think. It seemed so very slow. Sorry, not for me.
I loved this story. i cried through it like a frigging baby lol Seriously it touched my heart. This was such a sweet full filling story, it was lovely.
He did excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to him again.
"A genuine love story that would warm your heart"
I like the build up of the characters, the great description, the of-the-time appropriate vocabulary used (that I had to look up to discover what they meant) and small idiosyncrasies of all the characters.
I liked the twist to the story. Although somewhat guessable as the protagonist also wonders, I enjoyed how it was woven well before me.
The narration was sincere and variable which was good. Only issue I had was that the characters are meant to be in the 20-30s but with the narrators' voice, it made them sound much older. However, given the times that this was set, it may well be that this is how the projected their voices and spoke.
As secret love intended.
A perfect short story with a clear beginning and end that leaves the reader fulfilled.
A review for an audio book is slightly different to a review for a written book, they are the same story but for an audiobook to work, especially if the listener has not read the story first, the narrator has to be able to convey the right tone, inflection and pace for the story to resonate without the listener loosing track of what is going on. The narrator for Promises Under Fire is Kevin Stillwell, and his narration in a slow, dry, English voice is perfect. Even though I could have been doing anything while listening to the story I found myself absorbed in it.
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