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.
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..
Excellent book! I had heard the story of this event but not the details. It is fascinating. It also is the best description of a battle aboard a ship that I have ever read.
This was a great audiobook; but the narration was not done well. When I first started listening I thought I was not going to be able to put up with the narration. I stuck with it; and I would say that the greatness of the book outweighed the lack of great narration.
Excellent , sensitive insight into this very important battle. Narration is superb as well. Accurate research.
An amazing story..... amazingly written. I highly recommend to anyone interested in WWII or Naval history. The author gives a well researched, extremely detailed account of the battle. Enjoy!
This is an amazing but little known story about the greatest moment in Navy history! Well told mostly from the perspective of the crew of the USS Roberts, the story is gripping, gritty, and extremely powerful. Be ready to feel moved by the heroic actions of the Tin Can Sailors in the face of overwhelming odds, and to mourn with them as they lose friends and shipmates to shells and sharks. If you have never heard of the Battle Off Samar or the name Taffy 3, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book now!
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.