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.
Another awesome book by my favorite author. if you have the slightest interest in military history read this book. I used to think I understood the war in the Pacific until I read this book.
Yes, it provides a very good history of the origins and the first year of the Pacific war.
I am a fan of narrative history and have read/listened to a broad range works relating to World War II. Most of the focus was on the European war, and I had little understanding of the Pacific war. Mr. Toll has provided a very clear and remarkably detailed history of the beginning of this part of the war. It is superbly written in a style and quality that reminds me of David McCullough and Rick Atkinson. While any military history is best understood with maps in view, the writing and narration minimize that drawback of an audio book.
Christian Colburn West Chester, PA
if you're a World War 2 enthusiast you'll enjoy this book. chock full of details on both sides, it paints a very vivid portrait of the complexities of the early World War 2 naval situation in the Pacific. narration is excellent