One of, if not, the best books I've ever listened to. If you are in any way a student of history and/or WW II history I believe you will feel the same way after you listen to this book. The story was so gripping and intense and descriptions were so detailed that I couldn't stop once I started. Hornfischer is a great historical author. This book is as good as Neptune's Inferno and the narration by Whitener was amazing. He's taken his place in my top 10 narrators and I rated him above Dean. The book evoked tremendous emotion and pride in me about the men who fought for the U.S. Navy in these battles. If you've not listened to "For Crew and Country" I would recommend that book after this book because that will give you the overall history of the battles at sea off the Philippine's and then a very detailed look at the life and the death of the Samuel B. Roberts and her crew.
I felt chapters 1-12 are a history book with so many names, dates, and events that are talked about, but with little detail, they are barely rememberable. However, chapter 13 forward is a narrative, exciting, heroic story of the Battle of Samar. The heroism of the boys and men on the ships will touch your heart and make you forever grateful of the sacrifice all of them made. What was strange was the editing of the book -- a few ships sank a couple times, the chronology, and the author's bias.
In regards to the narrator, he spoke normal the first half of every sentence and then "tinny" and robotic the second half of each sentence. It was annoying and took several chapters to get use to. I would not recommend the audiobook. Many of the other reviewers gave high recommendations, but they were readers of the book. My mistake assuming the book reviews meant this might be a good audiobook.
A fabulous, glorious yet tragic heroic WW2 moment not nearly well known enough; worthy of the next Spielberg/Tom Hanks Project!
A fabulous, glorious yet tragic heroic WW2 event that should not have been (due to fumbled senior command decisions) that has received nowhere near the attention, credit, and homage deserved.
The Charge of the Tin Can Sailors
Most worthy of the next WW2 (Private Ryan-like) Spielberg/Tom Hanks Project!
The only reason for the low review is that I am not a "blow-by-blow" battle fan. I prefer the personal view and "what-makes-'em-tick" stuff. Well written, and I'm sure accurate, just not my style.
Professor of Civil Engineering, eclectic, scifi, history, and Joseph Campbell buff, Pratchett buff.
This was an exceptional listen for me. A story I thought I knew well but only knew the surface. This gave the details of the men on both sides of the battle and how they reacted to the situations as they unfolded.
When the decision was made by the smallest ships in the force to face the largest ship in the world. The bravery of the men came through the telling with gusto.
It made me respect the Greatest Generation even more. These men went into harm's way and proved themselves to the world. The tragic fate of so many of them pushed a dent into my heart.
Great read for any WWII history buffs.
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No , the print version has extra things like pictures and extra blurbs. None the less still good.
This is not one of those books that you should have a favorite character.
Emotion. I thought this book would be hard to listen to from the little that i read the book.
Yes , i did not however.
As others have said the audio book is hard to follow , its not told linearly so if you dont remember names you may get confused as it jumps around the timeline.
Seemingly well researched, a compellingly told tale of heroes and heroism. A tale known, to some extent, by many, but a tale which should be known by all. Before they're all gone, we should stand and salute the men of Taffy 3.
For those who enjoy 'listening', it was a treat.
All the above
You don't see people like this outside the military, and doubt that there is the material in our culture these days who could do what these men did.. I tried to tell a friend about the 'charge of the escort destroyers into certain death' and chocked up - I had to stop. It was a very moving episode in American naval history..