The Yellow Birds

By Kevin Powers; Holter Graham (Read by)
(Hachette Audio, Compact Disc, 9781619690325, 5pp.)

Publication Date: September 2012

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A novel written by a veteran of the war in Iraq, The Yellow Birds is the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive. "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.




About the Author
Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, and holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in Poetry. He served in the US Army in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq, where he was deployed as a machine gunner in Mosul and Tal Afar.

Holter Graham, winner of "AudioFile"'s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Acheron", is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks, including much of Sherrilyn Kenyon's bestselling "Dark-Hunter "series. The winner of multiple "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, he has also read works by Scott Turow, Dean Koontz, C. J. Box, and Stephen Frey.

His film credits include "Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray", and "The Diversion", a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in "Army Wives, Damages, As The World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order "and "New York Undercover". He received a B.A. from Skidmore College and an M.F.A. from Vermont College.

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