Michael Prichard does an amazing job of narrating this powerful book. If this narration and story does not bring a tear to your eye several times, you must not be human. I, too, bought the hardback version the evening that I finished the audo version. I needed it in my library and I will encourage my 10 year old son to read it some day when he is old enough to understand and appreciate it.
I knew the general story of the Bataan Death March and the fall of the Philippines--but had no idea of the degree of cruelty inflicted on Americans and Filipinos by the Japanese on Bataan. The story is disturbing in parts because of the horrors inflicted by the Japanese. It also gives me a new perspective on the decision to use atomic weapons against the Japanese--Roosevelt presumably knew much of what had happened in Bataan, and elsewhere in the Pacific; and knowing even half of what is in the book would have made his decision to authorize the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a lot easier to justify and more difficult to criticize. Not a criticism, but the book does focus largely on the American soldiers on Bataan; but 80% of the prisoners/casualties were Filipinos.
I was always more interested in the European theater of WWII, so I had very little knowledge of the Bataan Death March. This book is so incredibly insightful and almost impossible to stop listening to.
The narration seemed a little forced at first, but it got a lot better. This book reads more like a story than a history paper and keeps you riveted.
If you like WWII history, or just a really good story, this is a must listen!
Only 3 stars because of the awful narration. I agree with those who said there was much too much detail.
I don't consider this a man's book because I'm a woman but have always been interested in war history.
It's a good book but really suffers from the narration.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
A really good book on a difficult time.
Even though I was familiar with the Bataan Death March and have read other books on the subject, I was still deeply affected by this book. The atrocities that were committed, and the sheer scope of these events really puts a new perspective on WW
II. I was glad the authors followed Ben Steel's life after the war; he is an amazing survivor. A great read, although not my favorite narrator.
This was a well told, heartbreaking story about what went on in the Phillipines during the second World War. While the American prisoners of war suffered beyond belief, it was a tragedy for all. The Norman's words, coupled with a super narration by Michael Prichard make you feel as if you are there.
I'm just this guy, y'know?
Never take the phrase "death march" in vain again... I kept wondering why it takes the worst in humanity to bring out the best in humanity. You keep thinking the worst is past, but around every bend there's a surprise waiting...
The writing style and narrator take a little getting used to after ten minutes i got used to it, and the book took off an amazing read for anyone who likes history and war novels
An Amazing story. I've listened to other books about this subject, but really enjoyed this version. The characters and story line flow wonderfully. It's amazing what people can overcome and live through. I lived in the Philipines for a short time and it brought back memories of the area. There is a rich history there that most people just don't know about.