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.
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!
63 years old-retired-hate winters-like growing potatoes-ride a Harley-built a couple of electric bicycles-vietnam vet-like audible
Bordering on being dull. I like WW2 stories, the history of an an astonishing time in our history. This one did not blow my hair back for some reason. Maybe it was the monotone voice of the narrator.
could be good documentry, and maybe to details would pay. as a audio reader, you are lost in times in the unimportant details that hide the big picture.
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.