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Download Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Greene Narrator: Fritz Weaver Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN:
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During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains, en route to Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen, a place where soldiers could enjoy coffee, music, home-cooked food, magazines, and friendly conversation during a stopover that lasted only a few minutes. It provided homesick military personnel with the encouragement they needed to help them through the difficult times ahead. Every day of the war, the Canteen, staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers from the community of 12,000, was open from 5 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. By war's end it provided welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food to more than six million GIs.

Based on interviews with North Platte residents and the GIs who once passed through, Bob Greene unearths and reveals a classic, lost-in-the-mists-of-time American story of a grateful country honoring its brave and dedicated sons.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/6/2014

    " I like the story behind the book, but felt like the writing was monotonous and the same story could have been told in half the number of pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyric Payne | 1/30/2014

    " Inspiring story and the author told it in a unique way, flipping from past to present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " A great book to read if you are from Nebraska or have an interest in WWII. These ladies that ran the canteen were very self-less. We could all learn from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/11/2014

    " This is one of my absolute all-time favorite true stories. Every page is proof the people working together can make a miraculous difference in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading about the North Platte Canteen. Who knew it ever existed? It's fun to read about random small towns that I've driven though in Nebraska. The testimonials of how one town touched so many soldier's hearts are very touching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy McHenry | 1/1/2014

    " 4.5 stars for this one. The book is a super fast, easy read. It reads like a magazine article. I loved all the stories that were told from both the GI perspective and the citizen's point of view. The reason it's not getting 5 stars from me is that between the stories, the author sometimes writes segues that just don't make sense to the flow of the book. They almost seemed forced. But I still recommend this book...especially if you are like me and love WWII stories! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Mcdonald | 12/26/2013

    " Touching true story about the unbelievable sacrifices made by North Platte during WWII. I had no idea there was ever such a thing as the North Platte Canteen. True Midwestern values on full display. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tawn | 12/23/2013

    " This was a cool piece of history that you just don't hear about, and should know about. There is a lot of goodness in this world, even though it seems that focusing on the bad is easier. While a terrible war was going on, something awesome was also happening. It was a quick read, slightly repetitive for my taste, and it was history, so depending on how you do with that... That being said, I would love to have been a part of something like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danell | 12/15/2013

    " Excellent book! Everyone should read! Especially now, during a recession! Makes you value the simple acts of kindness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Maurer | 9/11/2013

    " This book is a very wholesome book that shows the American public in its finest form. It is a very good read for high school students to demonstrate a community working together to honor those men and women who fight for out country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J Mcfadyen | 8/28/2013

    " An amazing true story about community, commitment and compassion. Would that such a spirit of goodness still exist today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luann | 8/16/2013

    " A great book about a small town that came together during WWII to feed the troops as they were passing through and let them know how much they were appreciated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeniece | 7/24/2013

    " I only read about 1/2 the book, but it seemed to drag on and on. I really like the premise of the book, but it entertained too many tangents. I didn't really like his writing style and didn't feel inclined to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 6/10/2013

    " I liked this book but it was very repetitious. The subject matter is very interesting, but maybe this should have been a Sunday newspaper feature series and not a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacee | 4/15/2013

    " America at it's best! I love the way the author brought us home to North Platte, Nebraska and into the hearts of the people who made this incredible story happen. I love this kind of history! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 3/17/2013

    " To be honest, I didn't finish it. The reality that the story is based on is wonderful. A true hidden gem. But the execution of translating that reality into a book was unimpressive--worse than that, it was distracting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/24/2012

    " The townspeople of North Platte fed the soldiers who came through on the troop trains during WWII "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie LGW | 10/26/2012

    " It's amazing how one small town can create such good will with so many people. The stories from the cantee workers and the WWII vets are amazing, heartfelt, and emotional. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 7/2/2012

    " Didn't finish. Too slow for my mood right now. I'm sure it's a nice story otherwise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/31/2012

    " This is an incredible story! The book itself was a little too long, but its message was great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/8/2011

    " Fantastic true story of America's past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephen Elliott | 9/3/2011

    " A nice story, yet highly repetitive. Could have been half the length. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/10/2011

    " I loved this story about what the city of North Platte did for soldiers during the war. I felt, though,that the book dragged on too much and could have been shorter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nan | 1/15/2011

    " America at its best! Reminded me of my mother going to the Hollywood Canteen during WWII, and she LOVED it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/5/2011

    " Incredible story - told for too long, but still......read it & weep at the magnificence of these people & those times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2011

    " Nice feel good story. I didn't like how it felt like just a bit of random stories about the Canteen. I would have preferred some kind of defined progression, but not bad for non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/7/2010

    " Nice book to read around the holidays -- Americans showing acts of kindness to WWII soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/5/2010

    " This is one of my absolute all-time favorite true stories. Every page is proof the people working together can make a miraculous difference in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayle | 9/19/2010

    " An amazing story of the American spirit as exemplified by the people of Norh Platte, Nebraska. A must read for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Revier | 3/18/2010

    " about the troop trains during WW II in North Platte, NE. i enjoyed it, but people in thier 70s would really enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/26/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading about the North Platte Canteen. Who knew it ever existed? It's fun to read about random small towns that I've driven though in Nebraska. The testimonials of how one town touched so many soldier's hearts are very touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/23/2010

    " Didn't finish. Too slow for my mood right now. I'm sure it's a nice story otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/13/2010

    " I've read this book twice. Excellent and inspiring. "

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About the Author

Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. He is the bestselling author of The Best Life Diet, The Total Body Makeover, Get With the Program!, and the coauthor of Make the Connection. He is also a contributing writer and editor for O, The Oprah Magazine and writes articles on health and fitness for Oprah.com.