4 fascinating audiobooks that look at the cost of war

Four audiobooks portray the ravages of World Wars I and II.

2. "Jacob’s Oath," by Martin Fletcher

This tale begins just at the end of World War II. Two exhausted, traumatized refugees, both Jews, find each other by chance and cling together. The story is bleak but also emotional and riveting, though bogged down by an erotic interlude midway through. However, the character development is extremely detailed, and Martin Fletcher, who has an elegant, clear style, never flinches from the disturbing aspects of war. The incomparable George Guidall, known to audiophiles for his deep, mellifluous voice, reads with his usual exemplary style.  Grade: B+

(Read by George Guidall, Macmillan Audio, 8 CDs, 10 hours)

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