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Although technically fiction, Australian poet/novelist Manning's (1882-1935) harsh, beautifully written account of a soldier's experiences during World War I remains as authentic and gripping as when it was first published, in 1929. Unfortunately, relatively few modern readers have heard of this classic "trench story"-hopefully that will change with the release of this recording, previously available only on cassette. Actor/narrator Stanley McGeagh has a lovely voice; his highly polished, unobtrusive reading is perfectly suited to the material. As current international military involvements move into their second decades and posttraumatic stress rates rise, this highly relevant title is strongly recommended for all adults interested in the world around them. Some scenes are too graphic for children.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.