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..
This is a really well-told story, but should be coupled with other books about this battle so that the listener can get a big picture overview of what happened. The author made several jabs at different admirals (Halsey, for instance), but was unwilling to pass his own judgment. Instead, the author attributed the criticisms to others. Enough time has passed and enough details are public where the author should have been willing to pass judgment and critique the big picture of fleet strategies and execution of tactics.
A key weakness of the audio book is that the battle descriptions cried out for printed maps, something not currently available from Audible. (HINT, HINT, Audible -- how hard would it be to provide supplemental material such as maps? The hardware that we use to listen is significantly better than it was 5 years ago.)
Detailed narrative of a little known but critical naval battle of WWII.
Clearly written with descriptions of the men involved so that you knew and cared for what would and did happen to them. At the same time detailing the combat so forcefully, the sight and sound of combat was almost real.
He gave character and voice to the sailors.
The misery and terror of the survivors in the sea.
One of the best narrative histories of combat and the fighting men I have read
The events & sacrifices the author documents are as honorable and gripping as can be found in our nation's history, but this chronicle could have used some drastic editing. Repetitive, melodramatic descriptions breed impatience, hoping the author gets to the point, instead of reciting the same adjective phrases over and over again. I found the experience disappointing. Especially after listening to Hornfischer's "Neptune's Inferno", a tightly wound and compelling listen, a definite five-star.
I have read many books on WWII, but this one paints a vivid picture of being a Marine in combat in the Pacific war. A visceral reality permeates the narrative. A must read.
Even as a Navy vetran, I knew little about this historic battle. The principals in the story were brought to life for me, and deserve thier place in history. Many of the personal accounts were almost excrutiatingly graphic, but this just added to the appreciation and admiration I had for thier heroism and bravery.
I highly recommend this for anyone interested in history.
Listening to this book caused me to realize for the first time that monotone and monotonous share the same Greek origin.