An unflinching look at the betrayal of the service men on Bataan in being left behind and the ensuing long ordeal they went through in captivity. Only one in four of them survived the cruel imprisonment of extreme hunger and thirst days filled with death marches and oxygen deprived confinement in ship hulls just to name a few atrocities. The decent of humanity into animalistic behavior as they fought for survival made for an engrossing read.
This was a bit of history that I wasn't very familiar with. I appreciated the flat, dispassionate narration. I also liked hearing about Japanese military culture.
The Bataan Death March explination and visualizations were the depth of the story. It remained intriguing yet not sensationalized. This book is a great history lesson from a generation of people almost gone.
This is my second attempt to write this review. To begin, this is an inciteful book o great compassion, a deep sense of empathy. A story of a substantial sense of the importance of life, indeed a passion for life, how else could servicemen in this position for an extended time maintain a stoasim such that he could find the strength to carry on living? I found this book to be informative, and timely. Certainly it records events that took place some seventy years ago but surely it reminds us all, of the courage of all allied servicemen who found themselves in such an apauling situation. Well done the authors and narrator
"Oh, Dear God"
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Both are incredible stories of survival and the will to live in the harshest realities known to mankind.
As I have not read the book I cannot really say, but I do enjoy Mr.Prichard's style of narration. I tend to find it relaxing, or maybe familiar, like the voice of an old friend.
Yes, very much. Near the end when the Doctor found out he had survived the Bataan Death March. I found that very emotional.
A good listen. Something to look back on when you think your having a bad day.
When I first considered purchasing this audiobook I was hesitant. Anyone slightly familiar with the Bataan Death March knows that it's not exactly a pick me up story. But after reading the reviews I gave it a shot, and I don't regret it one bit. Yes, there are moments in the book that can be graphic and unpleasant, however, the authors do a superb job of transitioning into a positive subject directly afterwards. Which I found helped me b/c no one wants to hear so much of how people suffered to the point where you can't bear to read the book anymore. The authors blend each piece of the story nicely and write descriptions that are detailed, but they withhold it to the point that they know when the reader is saying "Ok, I get it, they suffered." If you liked "Unbroken", then you'll also enjoy this book as well. The narrator does an excellent job and I can say that now I'm a fan of his. Overall: Well written, easy to understand, not too gory, excellent narration, and definitely worth a read.
Highly recommend this for it's excellent story-telling and vivid accounting of the Bataan Death March and after-effects. I appreciated the authors weaving in flashbacks to "previous life" as it gave a break from the accounting and provided a stark contrast to the POW experience. I thought the book was well-performed (although we did speed it up just a little). My husband and I read, watch and listen to many books and documentaries about WWII and think this one is just terrific. It is horrifying, yet inspiring as you listen to the stories of the triumph of humans and the human spirit in the face of an horrific experience.
I really enjoyed how this book blended stories from both an American and Japanese perspective together to create more of a unified whole of the story. The book includes such vivid detail that it is hard not to feel like you can actually hear the screams, feel the wounds, and smell the smells. This is not a book for those that have weak stomachs. However, for anyone who thinks that war is glorious or a great adventure this book should be required reading. One thing that might be distressing to some is that the book paints a negative picture of Douglas MacArthur as both a coward and as a bad military commander.
This was a great listen, well researched and descriptive.
Unbroken. Also well researched and descriptive.
Beautifully narrated. I listened to this book about a year ago but could not remember if I had read it or listened to the audiobook. He was that perfect.
This whole story was moving. The suffering of the Americans and Filipinos was just unimaginable.