TADWORTH, SURREY, United Kingdom
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  • Letters from the Trenches

  • By: Bill Lamin
  • Narrated by: Geoff Annis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real account of a real person

  • By Catherine on 28-02-11


3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-10

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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