Remembrance Day: There is no better day to remind us that every day is a blessing. No better day to remind us of the sacrifices that have been made, and continue to be made, by those in the line of duty.
For those who have served, know someone who has been on the front lines, or simply anyone who wants to take a moment to appreciate the sacrifices made by others, here are five audiobooks to stream this Remembrance Day:
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Cree Indians and best-friends Xavier and Elijah enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915, eager to become heroes. Seasoned hunters, the men become expert snipers, but their horrifying experiences serving in World War I will leave devastating impressions on each man's life. With his literary debut, Boyden’s novel about two Cree soldiers serving in the Canadian military during World War I is inspired by Ojibwa Francis Pegahmagabow, the legendary First World War sniper.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient is an illuminating novel written by Michael Ondaatje, who tells the story of four damaged lives tangled together at the end of World War II. Following four characters whose lives intersect in a villa in Italy during WWII, one of whom being the eponymous patient, has been burned beyond recognition and whose memories of before the war began serve as one of the temporal landmarks for the novel’s nonsequential narration.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize, The English Patient is hauntingly beautiful with rich, evocative prose.
Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
From D-Day to victory in World War II with the men of Easy Company: Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and on to Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden, Band of Brothers is a story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal -- it was a badge of office.
Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie
In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow Robert Leckie on his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war, painting an unvarnished portrait of how real warriors are made, fight, and often die in the defense of their country.
City of Thieves by David Benioff
From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival - and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime. By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.
What other audiobooks would you recommend this Remembrance Day?