Historical Flash Fiction Done Right
5 out of 5 stars
Threads of the War tells different stories throughout history from a first person perspective. The stories are all true and based on real events, but the first person accounts are fictional, using details from history to tell amazing tales.
John Pirhalla does the narration for Threads of the War and seriously makes each story captivating. He is also able to do various different accents throughout making this stories really come alive. Pirhalla would go from a German accent to a southern American the next as the flash fiction stories came alive and it sounded like a different person each time. Absolutely wonderful job.
Threads of the War doesn’t really fit in with my “typical” genres on here, but what you don’t know about me is that I absolutely love history. I love sitting and learning something about the past, especially things that I didn’t know before and this was definitely full of stories I didn’t know.
I love the mixture of fact and fiction and the way that Strozer was able to write stories based off of historical events. I also really liked the idea of these being “flash fiction” stories where you don’t spend more than a couple minutes on each story. It really was a refreshingly quick read.
Overall, if you enjoy history and would like some great storytelling thrown into stories you may or may not know then Threads of the War is for you. Also, if you just need a quick read in the morning while you’re in the restroom — instead of browsing Facebook, you should read one of these stories instead. Maybe you’ll learn something!
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Written by: Jeremy Strozer
Narrated by: John Pirhalla
Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
Release Date: 07-01-16
Publisher: The Good Enough Empire
Threads of the War collects and shares personal narratives during real events across the span of the 20th century’s war. From the seats of a German cinema in 1915 and high over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, to under the water of the port of Alexandria, Egypt, and on a rail line in East Prussia in 1945, the listener is carried from one front of war to another in short, easily listenable yet emotionally compelling bursts. Each story in this collection opens the door to a unique personal facet of war, exposing the listener to the facts, fictions, and fallacies of armed violence. Following each story the listener is provided specific and revealing facts about the events narrated, offering both entertainment and education within the time it takes to read a blog post.
©2015 Jeremy R Strozer (P)2016 Jeremy R Strozer
I write first-person historical flash-fiction in order to expose the wanton waste of war. Fascinated by ideas and personal stories, I am able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena. By enjoying thinking and learning about the past I understand the present through creating its context. I have faith in the links between all things; believing there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason. I am also inspired by the future and what could be; thereby inspiring others with my visions of what occurred and what is possible.
My inspiration comes from education in improvisational acting; the actions and writing of Gene Sharp, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Woody Guthrie, Studs Terkel, and Henry David Thoreau; and an affinity for history. I believe all stories are best told from the personal perspective and learning about history should be an emotionally driven experience. Therefore, I push the conviction all history is simply a personal story, compounded and woven with the personal story of everyone else, throughout time.
Raised in California, I moved to D. C. to attend university. Through education and luck, I’ve traveled the world helping remove unexploded ordnance from war ravaged countries, stemming the flow of the world’s most dangerous weapons, and potentially reducing the likelihood of war between some of the world’s most powerful countries.
Now, I simply seek to warn the world of the human cost of violence.