Kitchener's Mob Adventures of an American in the British Army

Read by John W. Michaels

(4.7 stars; 98 reviews)

“Pvt Ryan”, “Platoon”, “A Soldier’s Home”, Kitchener’s Mob”. These aren’t happy stories, they are about the experience of War. War at different times, and although modern warfare may be more sanitized, the adventure, the horror, the emotions don’t change. James Norman Hall has been there. He “Saw the Elephant”, and his portrayal of his WWI experience is a tribute to those ordinary people who do such extraordinary things.

Those who have served will identify with at least some part if not all of this book, be it the rigors of training, the camaraderie, or possibly those memories that try as you may, you can never make go away. Those who haven’t may gain insight and possibly more respect for those who have.

Tommy Atkins is a universal soldier, be he the cook that serves up a hot meal, the sniper that keeps score on the stock of his rifle, or the machine gunner who hates his job. As I narrated this book, I had to stop and compose myself more than once. I could almost feel Hall’s presence as we told Tommy’s story.

Mike Vendetti, Narrator
2 Lt Inf Vietnam 1965 (3 hr 58 min)


01 - Note, Joining Up 8:48 Read by John W. Michaels
02 - Rookies 9:08 Read by John W. Michaels
03 - The Mob in Training 27:03 Read by John W. Michaels
04 - Ordered Abroad 19:08 Read by John W. Michaels
05 - The Parapet-etic School 16:38 Read by John W. Michaels
06 - Private Holloway, Professor of Hygiene 27:38 Read by John W. Michaels
07 - Midsummer Calm 19:40 Read by John W. Michaels
08 - Under Cover 24:36 Read by John W. Michaels
09 - Billets 17:04 Read by John W. Michaels
10 - New Lodgings 39:15 Read by John W. Michaels
11 - 'Sitting Tight' 29:24 Read by John W. Michaels


Excellent book and narrator.

(5 stars)

Engaging book that make me sad when it was over. Superb narration.

(5 stars)

Mike Vendetti does an excellent job as narrator of this interesting insight of WW1

Kevin M

(5 stars)

Terrific story and the reader was the very best


(5 stars)

Ignored the role played by Non-binary LatinX African Americans in defeating Jerry. Needs to be rewritten with gay orgies to demonstrate proper inclusivity.