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Promises Made Under Fire

Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

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 genuine love story that would warm your heart

What did you like most about Promises Made Under Fire?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the twist to the story. Although somewhat guessable as the protagonist also wonders, I enjoyed how it was woven well before me.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

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.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

As secret love intended.

Any additional comments?

A perfect short story with a clear beginning and end that leaves the reader fulfilled.

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Wonderful Story

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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  • Donald
  • 28-02-13

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...

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  • pierre-luc
  • 04-09-13

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.

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  • padme35
  • 11-11-19

Great blend of WW1 history & romance

Original Audiobook Review September 2019:
There's just something about Charlie Cochrane's WW1 era stories that really bring the time to life and Promises Made Under Fire is no different. Though the voices from Kevin Stillwell's narration may not be what I heard in my head originally but he did a wonderful job bringing Tom's journey to life.

Re-Read Review November 2018:
Having read my original review there really isn't much I can add here. Promises Made Under Fire is about friendships and balancing what we think we know and what we find out. Watching Tom face that scale is equally heartbreaking and heartwarming. Charlie Cochrane has a knack for not only setting the scene when it comes to WW1 era stories but also perfectly blending realism, fiction, not making the story into a school lesson, and doing it all while completely entertaining the reader. Her respect for the era comes alive with Tom's journey of discovery and that only furthers to heighten my love of the story and I'm already looking forward to the next re-read.

Original Review November 2016:
Sometimes life throws us on an unexpected journey that may appear unwanted but leads us exactly where we should be and Promises Made Under Fire is a prime example of just that. When Tom's friend and fellow officer Frank is killed he finds a letter left to him asking him to visit Frank's mother. When Tom is home and visits he finds more questions than answers but when he finally discovers the answers will they be what he expected, will they bring him some unexpected happiness, or will they throw everything he thought he knew about his friend for a loop? For those answers, you will have to read Promises for yourself and trust me you won't be disappointed. Once again, Charlie Cochrane takes us into the era of The Great War with scenes of the frontlines and the homefront, she does it with such devotion to detail that you feel you are right there. Whether you are a history lover or not, if you love a good story with believable characters than you will definitely want to add this one to your reading list.

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  • L. Antoine
  • 13-11-17

Beautifully done

Such a lovely WWI story. The narration was amazing and I just adore how it unfolded. Anything extra would have felt totally fake.

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  • Ben
  • 19-10-15

Dull

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.

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  • Debs
  • 03-06-13

very touching!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Promises Made Under Fire?

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.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

He did excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to him again.