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The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  521 ratings  ·  106 reviews
8 hrs and 12 mins

Free for a limited time. 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 j
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 8 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Audible Original
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Rita Schuldt
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is still hard for me to believe that this audiobook was free. This was narrated by Martin Sheen, a fantastic actor. It took me deep behind the scenes of World War II and it contains actual recordings of real people who lived through World War II. The things they talk about never made it into any history class I ever had, and I was a history major. It was not John Wayne leading him troops into battle. In reality, even though many famous people from Hollywood served in the military, the real Jo ...more
Lis Carey
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, non-fiction
This is an Audible Original production; there is no previous book. It uses oral histories including contemporaneous materials to look at what life was like at home during World War II.

Long ago when I was young, World War II was truly a living memory; not only did we study it in school, but our parents had lived through it, often served in the war. We knew about Pearl Harbor, and we knew about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Depending on where we lived, even if we were not Jewish we were likely to know p
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am both astonished and excited that this was, for a limited time, free from Audible. Astonished, because hello this is Martin Sheen giving us an amazing insight into what it was like at home during WWII.

I’ve read a good number of books on WWII in my time, but listening to this series — which is presented as a single audio piece, “episodes” broken into “chapters” — made me realize just how few of the books I’ve read or series’ I’ve seen are actually dealing with what it was like for those who w
Elaine Mayes
This Audible production is very, very good. If you read about WW II you're probably familiar with most of the major events. However, this production provided some live audio interviews with people on the home front (courtesy of a variety of sources including the Studs Turkel audio library) as well as returning military men and historians. Educational and enjoyable. Did you know about the "war" between zoot-suited men and sailors? Did you know about the accidental explosion of ordinance in Oaklan ...more
Diana Long
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an exclusive by Audible which I took advantage of. Thoughtfully done and covered a variety of subjects and listening to actual voices from the people who were witnesses to this moment in time was remarkable. I don't actually think this qualifies as a book since it is more on the order of a documentary radio program. Thank you Audible.
This was fascinating look at what was happening in the US during WWII. It shows how things were at the start of WWII and the struggles that people had to face. It delved into things like race and what it was like for the African-Americans fighting in the war. The oppression of the Japanese minorities on the West coast and the immigration of the European Jews. We also see what it was like for the women at home and at war. The sad part of all this was when all the service men came home after fight ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very seldom do I write reviews on books. I figure if someone wants to read a book they will, nothing I say or don’t say is going to change their mind about it. In this case however, I have to say this is a series for all Americans to hear. This Audible book was so informative, very moving, surprising, and helped me learn things about WWII that I had never known before. Any American who is interested in history or the people of our country, the economy, our way of life today, needs to know that m ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
THE HOME FRONT is a very well-done and free audio documentary from Audible narrated by Martin Sheen with a variety of archival voices of Americans commenting on their experiences state-side during World War II, along with commentary from some modern-day experts. Since I am discouraged by our contemporary cultural situation, I thought I would get some needed encouragement from tales of our "Greatest Generation." I was in for a surprise. If anything, I learned that our contemporary travails are no ...more
Tom Schulte
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of podcasts. The audio is a fascinating glimpse into WW II life stateside, largely around women coming into their own: jobs and pants! This is largely presented in oral history from interviews with people that staffed aircraft factories and the women that flew them stateside only when they were not being sabotaged and killed in the attempt. Another part of this era I did not know of was WW I atrocity propaganda that was recalled then and made it difficult to believe stories ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank yoü Audile, for an inside look at WWII. I listened intently to hear things that impacted my parents and their families and eventually me.

The narration was well done. The historical recordings really brought this to life!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this audible listen! I loved hearing the actual voices of the people that were interviewed at the time of WW2 and I learned a lot about America before, during and immediately following the war.
It did take me a long time to listen to it but that was because I couldn't drive for 4 weeks and that is when I listen to my audible books.
Highly recommend it.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this - the production value is fantastic. It tries to mimic a similar style to Studs Terkel's works, but is a poor substitute. Sweeping and normative statements throughout, without clearly offering a view of how the course of WW2 affected the actions of Americans at home. Also, could have benefited from more 1st-hand accounts - kicking analysis over to retired professors and social commentators of today is academically lazy.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel a little strange counting this as a book because while it was from Audible, it really was in more of a podcast format with episodes. But, I definitely recommend it. It's so well done, and a fascinating oral history of America during WWII. It is free on Audible through mid-November (2017).
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
I do not, as a rule, write reviews. I figure they say more about the writer than the author, so to speak. However...
This was a fantastic work. The care that went in the production, the performance of Mr. Sheen, the clarity of the writing, all contributed to make this a truly enjoyable work. The "book" flowed like a page-turner novel and yet I found myself re-examining things I knew about the war and learning new ones in every episode. I enjoyed it immensely.
To all those involved in the concept,
Dennis Murphy
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-war, on-america
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II is an audio production from Audible. I was initially impressed by its presentation and its unique approach to story telling, but the more I listened to it, the more disappointed I became. There is something inherently dishonest about it, in both a selection bias and in stripping away context. It is an enterprise of deconstruction, removing many positive myths we may have about the fundamental goodness of the United States, and will leave in dou ...more
Carl  Palmateer
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally I enjoyed it as it touched on areas often overlooked giving fresh perspective on a historical era many think played out. It was interesting to see that there is not much new under the sun. Media bias and manipulation, fake news, corporate/bank distrust, conspiracy theories, broken political processes, etc are all there in the "Greatest Generation" and "The Good War." Most of my issues are with the performance (noted below). The content did suffer from two, similar flaws, "hindsightitis ...more
Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first Audible Original I have listened to and it was very impressive. It was like watching a PBS documentary without the video. The history was more in depth than I expected, with more aspects of the home front than you usually get in a packaged history. This one covered the topics you'd expect such as the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066, the expanded role of women in the work force. But it also addressed the violent racism against African Americans and Hispanics, the ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in the neglected details of U.S. history
This is an Audible original production of multiple episodes, narrated by Martin Sheen, with a lot of original audio recordings from the time of WWII, and commentary by modern historians. It illuminates how much of our U.S. culture and government was formed by the country's participation and victory in the war. Lots about minorities and women, plus the military industrial complex.
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as own-unl-not-for-me
I started this and then soon stopped. Nope, it's not for me. Not a book really; it is like a radio or TV show that skims the surface.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Can only go so deep but a very effective use of sound clips of the period — and an interesting but glancing look at several dark aspects of America around the war.
Maurício Linhares
As much as the US fought out of its territory during WW2, they had to also fight inside to keep the country and the population believing in it. People were not happy with the results of WW1, they felt it wasn't worth much, the government had lied to them about what the Germans were doing in Europe and there was no support to veterans, that caused even more trouble at home when they came back.

Right after the Great Depression, the population feared immigration and the outside world, many politicia
Lucky Bradley
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I should clarify, it isn't really a book, more like a documentary in an audiobook format, or a radio serial from the 1940s. I don't think they even have a text copy of this.

It takes a view on the American home front before and during World War II. It goes over the issues that the American civilians went through from the growing issues in Europe, through the war itself. It utilizes Martin Sheen as a narrator of the situation, but you get to hear the actual
Crystal Gagne
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Listened to this for Free from Audible. What a great production! I was thoroughly engrossed while listening to this while doing chores, picking my kids up from school and before bed. The Greatest Generation deserves to be called the greatest, not only the men and women who fought but also the men and women who worked in the war factories and held it down at home. Many factory workers lost there lives from accidents or exposure to harmful toxins. I have the utmost respect for them ALL. WW2 was ...more
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, audio
This book is an overview of civilian life in the United States during WWII, read aloud by Martin Sheen. His voice is the best part of this Audible production.

I've read much history from this period, but this is the first dedicated to civilians. The description of American life emerging from the Great Depression into the frenzied efforts of a wartime economy contains actual recordings of those who lived through that period. The descriptive text lacks much in the way of emotion, but the voices of
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This audiobook is presented as an episodic audio-documentary. I was very engaged by the history and the presentation method. The whole thing is full of audio quotes from many kinds of people . . . world leaders, experts, and regular citizens all illustrating aspects of life at home in the United States during the war. I enjoyed reading the perspective given in the book. There is a focus on groups of people who were not treated well, or were not treated the way we expect people to be treated toda ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot that was enjoyable about this audiobook. The interviews from the past provided a sharp picture of what life was like in America during WWII, and the sacrifices that were required of a nation unprepared for war.

But woven throughout the story was what I felt a heavy hand guided by today's views and today's instant access to information. In every scenario it seems the intent was to judge our culture, policies and actions of 80 years ago by today's more liberal standards. (And althou
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding!! I thought I knew a fair amount about the WWII era in the United States, but I learned and understood much more after listening to this audiobook. It features archived recordings of people who actually lived the history, people from all levels of the society. Their voices were authentic and moving.

This was definitely a worthwhile use of my time and has given me much to think about in terms of what I see happening now, more than 70 years later. We need to know our history, and hearin
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I prided myself in thinking I knew a lot about WW2. I knew there was a lot more to learn, but this book gives you the human factor. You can actually hear the voices from the past, the fact checkers did a a wonderful job and Martin Sheen was great as the narrator. I think what I really liked was that the book was mainly composed of people's voices from the past and hearing the experiences they had from their own mouths. EACH CHAPTER HAD AT LEAST ONE SURPRISE THAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT!
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
US history is, like most topics, is much more complex than we may realize. What happened at home was never discussed in my history classes except for the briefest mention of rationing, WACs and Rosie the Rivetor. This audio book takes a closer look at what was happening here while our soldiers were fighting. I was particularly interested in the descriptions of the aftermath and its affects on our socienty. The Home Front reminds listeners that men fought in integrated foxholes but came home to s ...more
Audible Productions' "The Home Front: Life in America During World War II," is a brief snapshot of America in the years leading up to and during World War II. Instead of the sanitized version rushed through in high school American history classes, the podcast uses the limited timeframe of each episode to tackle a topic - American life in the Great Depression, women's roles in the war effort, African Americans' roles in the war effort, the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, etc. Utili ...more
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