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
Ian Toll does superb work with this history. The story of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Midway is remarkable. These six months may be the Navy's best. Toll expertly weaves in back story and context, just when you want it. Toll's analysis of the facts struck me as completely authentic. And Grover Gardner does his consistently great narration on this book as well.
Steady and interesting narrative, with details I had not known before.
Grover is familiar and does not get in the way.
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!
I love historical works, and I love to listen to Grover Gardner do the reading. Pacific Crucible is difficult to put on hold. It is worth every minute.
Yes, if you are interested in learning the details of why the US won the Pacific War. It is very comprehensive and although that might be a little dull for some...I liked it.
I enjoyed the book very much, so much so that I just ordered his other book
easy to listen to comfortable voice.