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Perfect for dedicated beginner history buffs, Mark Zuehlke’s The Liri Valley: Canada’s World War II Breakthrough to Rome relays to listeners the story of those Canadian troops who preceded and paved the way for Allied forces into Rome, Italy, during World War II.
Zuehlke’s straightforward storytelling is accentuated by actor William Dufris’ skillful performance, which is authoritative but certainly not devoid of excitement. Dufris doesn’t shy away from moments of heightened tension and emotion, bringing these to the fore in perfect harmony with Zuehlke’s own attempts to highlight the sometimes variable personal recollections of veterans.
For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could only be won through a massive offensive. Military historian Mark Zuehlke returns to the Mediterranean theater of World War II with this gripping tribute to the Canadians who opened the way for the Allies to take Rome. The book is a fitting testament to the bravery of soldiers like the badly wounded Captain Pierre Potvin, who survived more than 30 hours alone on the battlefield.
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Great content - fast speaker
The narration overall, more the tempo, was too fast to grasp each battle scenario. If it was read a bit slower, the story would have been easier to follow.