Inspiring, interesting, fascinating
Chester's use of his heritage, the Sing, to deal with the trauma of war
It was amazing to see how these men grew despite difficulties at the Indian Schools then used that strength to benefit others
This WWII true story of one of our real heros is better than all the "page turners" I've read all year. Chester gives us a clear picture of his childhood on the "res" and his challenges as a Native American in a white army corps. If your read no other WWII book read this one. Then look up Nez, he is still around.
Chester tells his own story in his own words
The authenticity of the story. I grew up near where Chester did, so what he said brought back many memories.
I appreciated his recount of his childhood. Growing up with Navajos, I never really heard how they were treated by the Govt in the past.
I learned a lot. That's always a good thing.
I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this book. Not only learning of a Navajo's experience in life, but also in war. The Code Talkers did an amazing thing, in spite of their treatment by non-natives before and after their contributions.
Retired educator living the good life in Hawaii. Son of a WWII army veteran and served 6 years in US Navy during Vietnam. Avid listener
This is a graphic look at the lives of Native Americans from the Navajo Nation who were true heroes in the island hopping campaigns of the US Marines during WWII.
Chester Nez gives us a look into the lives and hardships faced as a young Navajo growing up during a time when Native Americans were considered as not even being American Citizens, His accounts of his life events from herding goats and sheep, attending boarding school, to his historic role as a living code.
Chester as one of the original 29 developers of the living code and his account brings to life the historic role the Code Talkers played in winning the war in the Pacific.
His account of the destruction of over a million head of sheep and cattle by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Also his many descriptions of he battles and the role each of the code talkers played in the war.
True American Heroes
Too bad the only film about Code Talkers stars a white man and down plays the importance of the Native Americans.
Learning about the Navajo culture from the source.
Chester - he exemplifies integrity, courage and authentic American spirit.
Hearing how the sheep were slaughtered by government officials. These are the horrific scenes that many Americans rarely know about.
I would highly recommend this book.
I just finished this today and have already recommended it. The first hand history. The openness of writer sharing his life story with us. His ability to paint pictures with his words is a true gift.
I love everything about this man. I love that Chester Nez forever put it all down for us. He never stopped giving of himself for his country for us to his very last days. I love that he shared so openly about his childhood. I was in awe of his sharing and description of the Navajo traditions that helped heal him from some of his war experiences. His ability to tell his story keeping the oral tradition of The People alive just overwhelms me. His battle descriptions were hard, but needing to be heard and somehow really came through to me, they were not over dramatized or elaborate, but I really, truly heard and felt the fear and the determination.This book helped me put together pieces of the some of the WWII puzzle, I never quite grasped before.
No, I have not.
I would like to say, for any boomers out there who may not have understood their fathers, please listen to this story. If helped me understand my father even though his war was was not in the South Pacific and he was not Native American. Chester Nez filled some blanks in for me, it may be one of the most important books I have read.I am once again filled with gratitude and awe. Hearing Chester Nez speak his beautiful language at the end repeating the very first code he spoke all that time ago made me weep.
I enjoyed learning about the Navajo culture and the Code Talker's contributions to WWII.
A Higher Call is another WWII book I really enjoyed, but it takes place at the Western Front, while Code Talkers takes place on the Eastern Front.
Absolutely would listen again. Simply for the truth of the way things were for native americans.
Chester Nez, because of his honesty
The landing on the beach.
Wonderful story telling for the reason of honest history by one who lived it.
Being an old Marine out of the Vietnam War I could appreciate what was done that was one tough assignment for all listen and learn history at its best
On the sacred mountain remembering his brothers
Almost like being there Audiobook close your eyes or just listening a world of difference Love my AudioBooks!
I have not read the print version. Throughout my listening, tho, I kept wondering if I should stop and only read the printed version. I found the narration quite disconcerting, not the story subject, but the narration.
Nez - because his life was fascinating. His life experiences, as a Navajo and a Code Talker, were full of joy, challenges, accomplishments, and deep appreciation. I valued how he always seemed to see the world, even during the war, through Navajo eyes. This, for me, added depth to his reflections. I also was intrigued by the fact that despite ill-treatment of the Navajo nation in his early life, he still was anxious and willing to serve his country. And did so significantly and proudly.
Where do I begin? I felt like I was being read to as an adult might read to a child. And then there were constant misplaced word inflections, awkward sentence and syllable breaks, odd intonations in just relaying the story. I really can't enumerate just how many times I wanted to stop and read the printed version instead of listening. I kept at it because of the significance of hearing Navajo language orally. If it hadn't been for that I would have just stopped. I've listened to a lot of audible books and this, by far, was the most challenging narration I've listened to. I have not listened to other books narrated by Colacci. After my frustration with his narration I eventually looked up reviews; he seems to be highly praised as a narrator of other books. But I would strongly hesitate to listen to any other book narrated by him because of my very disappointing experience with his narration of Code Talkers.
My only extreme reaction was to the narration, not the book or its subject matter.
Listen to a sample before you buy the book. The printed version just might be a better read. But Nez refers to the Navajo language as an oral one so that may justify listening to this audible version.