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
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. This is history in first person, and it is important for people to understand the contributions of the Navajo people to this country. It's also an opportunity to glimspe an old and honored culture. I admire Chester as an individual, and the culture that could produce men of such integrity.
I liked the opportunity to understand more about the Navajo point of view. I also love the prayer Chester's father taught him. We all need to achieve balance, and to walk in beauty.
Chester, of course.
No, because I didn't want it to end. I did listen to it twice.
This book explained how the USA was able to use a homegrown and little respected national Resource to maintain our national Freedom.
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 is a story of some amazing young men. It is well written, and well read.
Don't miss it!
What a great way to remember Mr. Nez who we lost just a few weeks ago. Audible does a fantastic job offering us books that are informative, entertaining and a great deal to top it off.
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.
Having always been and admirer of the Native Americans, I would have never guess the relation of the man and the other code talkers were so profound in the out come of the Pacific Island campaigns. Having been to Iwo Jima in 1995 and seen the beach were so many died, this book made a large impact on me. I hope to contact Mr. Nez and give him a small bit of sand from Iwo Jima.
I have not listened to David Colacci before this. He suited the role, and I would be interested in hearing additional work by him.
Thank you, Chester, as this book allows every American to better understand thoughtful behaviour behind serious undertakings. Thank you Judith, as the writing conveys a character consistent with the time and place.