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.
It was full of details that I did not know about the Pacific War, plus it was just good reading. I found myself many times setting in my driveway just listening to the story, not wanting to stop.
I've always thought very highly of Admiral Nimitz and poorly of Halsey, and this did not change this.
The voice characterizations were excellent and added to the book.
While this book did not cover anywhere near as much of the war in the Pacific as I had been expecting, what it does cover, it covers with scrupulous and engaging detail. There is also a lot of interesting background information on almost all the important players on both sides, from the Emperor Hirohito to the codebreakers at Station HYPO who broke the Japanese code in time to warn of the Midway invasion.
So despite not going beyond Midway, I believe it is a worthwhile read, and a good starting point for someone like myself who hasn't read a great deal beyond general history about this point in the war.
Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator, and added a star to the overall rating.
this one will get a second listen.loved it.
neptunes war. a true navel histoiry book
I am a history buff, so I would say this ranks near the top.
I loved the detail, as well as the moving back and forth from historical facts to personal recounts of events and days.
I understand why Mr. Gardner has a fan club. His voice is well suited to history. I now actively seek out books he has narrated. I rather wish he had taught all my history classes in school, even though he may not be a professor at all!
There are points in the book where I would laugh, mainly a some quip or something similar. Since it is a book about war, I found myself shaking my head at some points, but it was a reaction to some "folly of man" situation.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
A remarkable book, and a terrific listen! A tour de force for Ian W. Toll—and Grover Gardner's narration is FLAWLESS!
I've listened to nearly 200 audiobooks from Audible—fiction, history, science, classic, and comedy—and this is easily one of the best in any category.
With such lucid, visual, and insightful writing, it's no surprise that the characters, events, and images are all vividly fixed in my mind. This is the audio equivalent of a page turner.
After being so disgusted by James Lurie's narration of the audiobook "The Battle of Midway" that I actually returned it unfinished (Thank you, Audible, for making this possible!) I purchased "Pacific Crucible" in the hope of learning more about this historic battle. And I was not disappointed. This book is great! It gives crucial background and insights into the people, the times, and the cultural and political forces leading up to Pearl Harbor, on through the battle of the Coral Sea, and finally culminating in the battle of Midway. The author brings in all the essential points of view throughout—human, technical, tactical, and historical, and he does it seamlessly. A masterful piece of writing. The pacing and level of detail is perfect. I will look for more books by Ian W. Toll.
In "Pacific Crucible," Grover Gardner (already one of my favorite narrators) is absolutely suburb. It's obvious that he understands every bit of what he's reading BEFORE the words pass his lips. His phrasing is so consistently perfect that every sentence is clear, with exactly the emotion and expression the author intended. I don't believe I've ever heard a better narration of any audiobook. Plus, the equalization and recording is beautifully done, so there's no listening fatigue, even after 22 hours. I've been tempted to say that Simon Vance is the best narrator I know of, but this performance by Grover Gardner puts him in the same league. Just stupendous.
I know you will enjoy "Pacific Crucible."
I just could not get into this one. I only made it a few hours but the material was very dry. This is compounded by the narrator who has a nasally monotonous delivery. My attention kept drifting off. I had to force myself to pay attention but found a lot of it very boring. Maybe if I stayed with it a little longer it would have gotten better but I pulled the plug.
I love WWII history books so I assumed I'd love this one...after all, it got pretty good reviews. While I'm not going to say I didn't like the book (it's pretty easy to keep my attention when the subject is WWII... esp the Pacific Theater), this book did not live up to my expectations for a couple of reasons:
1. There's no real rhyme or reason to the plot structure. Honestly, it seems like the author did a ton of research, accumulated a LOT of fractured information and tried to cohesivly put it all together... and I don't think he did the best job. It really seems like you are reading many seperate books all wrapped into one. The first part is almost soley based around the history of naval warefare tactics and how the works of Mahan influenced it throughout the late 1800's thru WWII. Then the book completely changes course and turns into a WWII Pacific Commanders Biography book... the amount of detail the author goes into on Roosevelt, Kink, Yamamoto, etc. is a bit much... if this were a bio book, it would be great, but it just doesn't make sense here. The third part is in depth battle history, both about Pearl and Midway (this part is sprinkled in throughout the other parts), and a bit of code-breaking tossed-in for good measure.
2. The climatic battle of Midway wasn't told as well as I thought it could have been... I can't really say why, but I think it suffered from the same fractured, disjointed structure as the rest of the book.
To summarize, I don't think the story had any recognizable flow to it, and while I was never "lost", it just didn't seem well thoughtout or put together.
I gave it 3 stars due to the fact that I'm easily entertained by WWII books (even the not-so-good ones) and the narrator, Grover Gardner (one of the best), gave an as-expected great performance.