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Ordinary Heroes - A Novel

Scott Turow

Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war. As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos, the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself. From the Hardcover edition.

Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war. As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos, the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancée, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history and driven to uncover the truth about this enigmatic, distant man who'd always refused to talk about his war. As he pieces together his father's past through military archives, letters, and, finally, notes from a memoir his father wrote while in prison, secretly preserved by the officer who defended him, Stewart starts to assemble a dramatic and baffling chain of events. He learns how Dubin, a JAG lawyer attached to Patton's Third Army and desperate for combat experience, got more than he bargained for when he was ordered to arrest Robert Martin, a wayward OSS officer who, despite his spectacular bravery with the French Resistance, appeared to be acting on orders other than his commanders'. In pursuit of Martin, Dubin and his sergeant are parachuted into Bastogne just as the Battle of the Bulge reaches its apex. Pressed into the leadership of a desperately depleted rifle company, the men are forced to abandon their quest for Martin and his fiery, maddeningly elusive comrade, Gita, as they fight for their lives through carnage and chaos, the likes of which Dubin could never have imagined. In reconstructing the terrible events and agonizing choices his father faced on the battlefield, in the courtroom, and in love, Stewart gains a closer understanding of his past, of his father's character, and of the brutal nature of war itself. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edward Herrmann

Length:

13h 46m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:00

Introduction
Introduction

03:50


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:46


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

02:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:21


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:59


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:15


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:51


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:06


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:08


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:55


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:54


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:22


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:50


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:18


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:08


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:21


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:01


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:29


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:49


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:31


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:56


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:53


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:55


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:21


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:24


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:25


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:01


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:20


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:28


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:05


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:00


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:42


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:39


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:38


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:54


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:49


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:33


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:14


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:34


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:14


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:57


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:24


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:42


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:57


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:02


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:48


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:10


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:12


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:34


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:57


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:01


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:08


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:57


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:42


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:31


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:53


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:59


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:40


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:42


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

02:53


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:30


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:07


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:39


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:47


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:29


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:00


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:31


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:54


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:31


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

03:19


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:21


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:41


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:17


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:32


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:18


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:51


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:47


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:41


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:07


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:33


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:19


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:04


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:18


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:51


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:27


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

02:27


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:22


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:42


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:22


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:13


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:38


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:59


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:52


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:34


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:18


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:05


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:20


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:43


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:05


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:00


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

05:04


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:34


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:29


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:38


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:29


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

02:47


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:03


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

03:53


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:24


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:31


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:19


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:57


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:04


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:12


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:06


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

03:54


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:10


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

03:35


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:31


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

05:15


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:08


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

05:20