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.
Not really, but that is because the subject is well known to me and I listened to this one to get new angles and new details.
It's a history book.... I got the focus I wanted, and that was what it promised. A blow by blow reading of the US experience of ww2 in the pacific 1941-1942, The author covers some japanese history and the major japanese commanders, and likewise for the americans. The main focus is how the battles came to be, was executed and their strategic consequences, and that is told very well.
He did a solid job at not getting noticed. His delivery was clear and precise, which is important to me as a non-native english speaker. He emphasized the events but did not go over the top trying to make it sound like a movie trailer. I will look for him as a reader in the future
Pacific crucible would be a good one I think.
The three stars on the story is that low because the the events are so well known and this is not a work of fiction.
The reader does very well in presenting very interesting history. The author provides great insight into both sides operations. Far more then most histories. Take the time to read this, you won't be sorry.
While the Pearl Harbour attack leading to the USA entering the war is well known, the events leading up to that attack aren't usually discussed. This book provides all those details and subsequent actions in the first 6 months of the Pacific naval war. A very interesting and enjoyable book.
Grover Gardner is maybe my favorite author to read to me and to have him read one of my favorite War stories makes it that much better.