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The Yellow Birds: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kevin Powers

Narrated By: Holter Graham

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: September 2012

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Finalist for the National Book Award, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive in Iraq

'The war tried to kill us in the spring.' So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.

In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger. As reality begins to blur into a hazy nightmare, Murphy becomes increasingly unmoored from the world around him and Bartle takes actions he could never have imagined.

With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

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  • Julie Isaacson

    I loved this book. I heard an interview on OPB, so I thought I'd try it, but didn't really know what to expect. I was surprised by how I connected with the speaker and cared about him.

Yellow Birds: A Novel

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