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Audiobooks to Honor Veterans Day

Personal memoirs of battle and return, read by the authors. A collection of wartime letters throughout history, read by a full cast of narrators. True stories of courage and valor. Novels featuring service men and women. These are our audiobook suggestions for this Veterans Day.

Author: Jake Wood
Read By: Jake Wood

Written and read by former Marine sniper Jake Wood, this gut-wrenching and inspiring memoir recounts Jake’s personal experience as a returning soldier and how his military training rendered him and his fellow returning Veterans unusually effective in high-stakes situations—leading to the founding of Team Rubicon: a disaster response organization comprised of over 130,000 Veteran volunteers to help aid in battling hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, pandemics, and civil wars, while rediscovering their life’s purpose.

This poignant audio collection offers a nuanced look at the act of armed conflict. Each of these 30 remarkable letters (read by an all-star audio cast) sheds light on what it means for us to take up arms against one another and encapsulate the full experience of battle, from feats of courage and sacrifice to the grief that follows acts of violence.

From a decorated Marine war veteran and National Book Award Finalist, Places and Names is an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

“A profoundly human narrative that transcends nationality and ideology.”—Kirkus, starred review

A New York Times bestseller. This is the never-before-told story of Virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II. Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. Based on new and extensive research, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall—an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, spycraft, resistance, and personal triumph over shocking adversity. A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman’s fierce persistence helped win the war.

Read by a full cast. Drawing on Klay’s six years of research in America and Colombia into the effects of the modern way of war on regular people, this is a novel of extraordinary suspense infused with geopolitical sophistication and storytelling instincts that are second to none. Missionaries is a window not only into modern war, but into the individual lives that go on long after the drones have left the skies.

The Blaze is a thrilling mystery novel about combat veteran Matthew Rose, who is called back to Montana after his father’s death to settle affairs, only to witness a crime that leads him into his own past—and to a ruthless act of murder.

#1 New York Times bestseller. This is the true story behind the photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.

Read by the author. This true-life spy story is a masterpiece about the woman code-named “Sonya.” Over the course of her career, she was hunted by the Chinese, the Japanese, the Nazis, MI5, MI6, and the FBI—and she evaded them all. Her story reflects the great ideological clash of the twentieth century—between Communism, Fascism, and Western democracy—and casts new light on the spy battles and shifting allegiances of our own times.

For more audiobook recommendations for Veterans Day, see our Military Listens Collection.