cover image Operation Homecoming

Operation Homecoming

Andrew Carroll, , read by a full cast. . Blackstone Audio, $32.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7861-6542-1

A talented cast (including Scott Brick, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, Stephen Lang, John Rubinstein and Stephanie Zimbalist) brings the war in Iraq and Afghanistan up close and personal. Using a series of writing workshops, a veritable who's who of authors inspired American troops and their families to write about their feelings and experiences during the current war on terrorism. The result is a remarkable collection of writings that range from letters and e-mails to poetry and fiction, exposing the all too human hearts and souls of those who have been forever changed by the ongoing military conflict in the Middle East. Stefan Rudnicki's rich baritone introduces each of the nearly 100 pieces with a solemn, militaristic tone, making the sections that follow all the more moving. The 23 readers (the packaging doesn't list who reads what) dramatize this powerful material of hope, humor, death and despair with the perfect blend of respect and emotion. They embellish little, allowing the sheer power of the writer's words to carry the dramatic weight. No matter what views the listener may hold toward the war, no one will be able listen to these intimate, heartfelt readings and come away unmoved. Simultaneous release with the Random hardcover (Reviewed online). (Nov.)