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  • Forgiveness

  • A Gift from My Grandparents
  • Written by: Mark Sakamoto
  • Narrated by: Geoff Sugiyama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
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When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean chose to escape his troubled life on the Magdalen Islands in eastern Canada and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Mitsue Sakamoto saw her family and her stable community torn apart after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Canada picked wrong

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-31

Deeply Touching

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Reviewed: 2019-01-08

I was deeply touched by this most sincere and transparent narrative of human experience- complete with its distinctly Canadian perspective. I was completely drawn in by the heights and depths of emotions that colour the backdrop of a story that combined two cultural worlds so deftly and with such grace. Mark has written one of the best memoirs I have ever read and I personally want to thank him for recording it in print for us all to enjoy.

  • Coffin Corner Boys

  • Written by: Carole Engle Avriett, Captain George W. Starks
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
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As a young band of brothers flies over German-occupied France, they come under heavy fire. Their B-17 is shot down and the airmen - stumbling through fields and villages - scatter across Europe. Some struggled to flee for safety. Others were captured immediately and imprisoned. Now, for the first time, their incredible story of grit, survival, and reunion is told. Join George as he retraces his steps to freedom and discover the amazing stories of sacrifice and survival and how 10 young American boys plus their French helpers became heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling and thought-provoking historical account

  • By Alta-tenor on 2018-09-19

Thrilling and thought-provoking historical account

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Reviewed: 2018-09-19

My father served in the Second World War, with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight engineer, searching for U-boats off the coast of Labrador, Canada. So I naturally had a keen interest in this story. But I soon found out that the flying aspect to the story wasn't the biggest part. It was the personal stories of the downed airmen that really had the most impact on me. I was completely caught up in the riveting dramas that played out in real life during a dark time in Nazi-occupied France. As a man of faith, I was amazed to read how God did so many little miracles to spare the crew members. I also couldn't help but be deeply touched by the love, generosity and courage of the French "saviors" who risked their lives to help these men. This was a thoroughly worthwhile book and one which I highly recommend!

  • No Surrender

  • My Thirty-Year War
  • Written by: Hiroo Onoda
  • Narrated by: Lane Nishikawa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding!

  • By Alta-tenor on 2018-04-12

Spellbinding!

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Reviewed: 2018-04-12

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The hours just seemed to fly by as I was listening to it. That saying “truth is stranger than fiction“ is really true in this case. There were so many things I found remarkable: Hiroo’s strength of spirit, his unrelenting perseverance, his loyalty and leadership toward his men, his bravery and determination. He was, in fact, the perfect soldier. Sadly his only failing, was his stubborn refusal to think outside the box of his preconceived notion‘s. He was trained well indeed and it was right for him to be honoured as a hero -not for what he represented in the old imperial Japan, but in his personal accomplishments of duty and sacrifice. I highly recommend this fascinating book.