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This is a great book. I knew little about the history of the Pacific Theater in World War Two and this is an excellent introduction. The author very skillfully weaves together the larger history of both sides with individual stories. The narrator is great. The battle scenes are riveting, as was the account of the initial bombing of Tokyo. This one was hard to put down.
I would recommend this book to a friend. Another good story about WWII. If you are interested in the war in the Pacific buy this book you won't be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book and was disappointed when it came to an end after the battle of Midway. I would have listened to hours more if it covered more of the war and will probably listen to this again.
I was intrigued by the disparity between what actually happened and what knowledge the Japanese actually acted on after the Battle of the Coral Sea and how that played into an under estimation of the US ability leading up to the Battle of Midway. In addition, the ability of the US to break the Japanese codes and how that turned the tides in the US favor was very interesting. I didn't realize that the unsung heros of the Battle of Midway were the code breakers that set up the US forces to accomplish what they did.
Honestly, I don't usually take the time to read books right now, but I have plenty of time during commutes to listen to books. This story did not require acting or presenting various dialects. It required a serious tone as it was a serious set of circumstances. In that endeavor, this was a perfect presentation by the reader.
I rank this book highly
The sinking of the aircraft carrier Lexington
Gardner dramatizes some of the dry biographical sections
no extreme reaction
this is a good introduction to the events around Midway Isl in June 1942
It is hard to overstate the impact of the climatic few minutes during the Battle of Midway. When you think of how a nuclear war could end things in the blink of an eye, you tend to think of that as a recent idea--history changing that quickly. However, those few minutes in June 1942 were like any nuclear strike you might imagine today. Ian Toll does a good job of bringing the back story up to those moments and then letting the following days play out. If you are a history buff, this is a good listen. It's a long book if you are not a history nut, but if you can get through it, it will likely make you want to learn more. Grover Gardner is a good reason to listen to any book and he does his usual great job here.
Detailed & layered but not detailed in terms of battlefield tales. Which means not for a battlefield history enthusiast but good for a general history enthusiast who is interested in the war in the pacific You get rich back story and background --it reminds me of listening to the robert caro biographies for more than one reason
the Admirals..that was a good book..this is a superior book
i like gardner-i know some think he has a slight drone but i never find him dull and enjoy the gravelliness
well..its too long for that
An excellent and entertaining read. I learned a lot about the early part of the war in the Pacific. And it was an exciting read. I love Gardner's performance but I see that not everybody does. Listen to the sample - his voice and delivery are distinctive - you decide. The writing is excellent, in my opinion. Lots of detail and interesting asides without slowing down the story. Mr. Toll, please write the next part!
You read other books, see movies, hears stories from the few alive that were there but this book is so thorough I will have to buy the printed version some day.
Easy to listen to.
The whole thing. I knew what was going to happen next but there was always something new I hadn't known before.
Ian Toll does an excellent job of completely immersing you into the early stages of the war in the Pacific. He demonstrates an innate ability to blend the conveyance of strategic aspects of the war with personal stories and accounts of how the battles and events played out. The book is a historically accurate, complete, and thorough story telling of the early stages of the Pacific war. I was curious as to whether or not I would grow tired of the book considering it is 22 hours long; however, I found myself having a difficult time putting it down - especially with Grover Gardner's wonderful and gripping narration. If you want a nostalgic escape to early-WWII in the Pacific that both informs and entertains, this is the book for you.
Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
Great narration. Really detail oriented book about the Pacific war with good stage setting in advance on Japans rise, and Americas prep before during and after Pearly Harbor. and the backdrop of the war in Europe. I'm in the middle of the second volume (different narrator) as I write this and the narrator is not half as good, and its very repetitious. I have the feeling that two volumes might have done it rather than three (there's a third pending) . Some good editing would have gone a long way in both volumes so far, especially volume 2 (starting at Guadal Canal - there are some sections that are totally redundant both within volume 2 and from volume 1).