Book Review: The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

November 1, 2020

Details from Audible:

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

Narrated by: Martin Sheen
Length: 8 hrs
Categories: HistoryAmericas
 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 (18 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in this Audible Original series. Executive producer was Martha Little. Series producer was Dan Gediman.

When you add The Home Front: Life in America During World War II to your library you will receive all 16 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 30 minutes.

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Initial Thoughts:

I have been fascinated with WWII for a long time, it's lead me to buy books on it, do courses in history at Memorial University and it certainly influenced me when I found this on Audible. I'll also add that technically this isn't a book but a collection of podcasts/episodes, as I don't want to do a separate category, however, I'll put it in with book reviews.

Main Points:

Martin Sheen has a great voice, he's an excellent actor and his narration here is superb. That said he doesn't have a lot to do, mainly he just guides us from one audio excerpt to another but still, I would certainly listen to him read another book if I found it.

This is a very interesting collection as you get to hear audio clips from the 30's and 40's from a huge variety of people. All the way from Hitler, to Roosevelt, to average Amerian citizens to modern interviews with authors and Academics. I thought it started off a little slow, before America enters WWII it was a little less interesting for me, once that happens, however, each episode is excellent.

I should add here that this contains some very adult content, a little bit of swearing, use of the N-word and graphic descriptions of combat in war, the effects of nuclear attacks and descriptions from concentration cramps. There were 3-4 episodes that were hard to listen to as they were just sad, depressing and disturbing but it's very important to know history and I'm glad I listen to them.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed how every episode dealt with a different topic and hearing old interviews from the 30s and 40s was fantastic. WWII changed the world forever and it's more important now than ever that we learn from our mistakes and watch out for this fragile world we live in. I give this a solid 8 out of 10 and would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of non-fiction history. I got it for free for being a member of Audible but I think it's well worth paying for. It gave me a better grasp of what the US was like both before, during and after WWII and further brought home just how horrendous the Holocaust was. Please don't let children listen to this, ages 18+.