I love this series, but the performance left much to be desired. Ken McCoy is a strong dynamic character but the narrator made him sound like some weak chinned lame individual. Didn't care for that at all. They really need to better match the voice with the character.
A good balance of character development, story, and combat.
This first book in the series takes us up to the beginning of the War in the Pacific, from the vantage point of the USMC. This book is not a blow by blow military combat novel. The movement towards war is almost, or actually is, secondary or tertiary.
The narration is solid.
I read the first few books as they came out, and gave them to someone to read. Then a few years later bought them again, and re-read them. And bought the others as they were released.
I love this time in US History, and the stories are great, if maybe a bit repetitive in the re-telling of the prior books.
Eric G Dove does The Brotherhood of War series, and does a great job. Dick Hill is pretty bad. I am not sure if he has a speech impediment, ESL, or if it is something else. He sounds like a drunken version of Yogi Bear impersonating Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes. Every statement is emotional and passionate! He describes a bathroom with unbelievable passion. The description of a hat is an incredible experience. No one in these books has any control of their emotions. That does not seem like the military I know. I love these books and am very disappointed with the narration. I will not buy any more of them.
I liked some of the military customs and courtesy descriptions.
I didn't like the way it read like a harlequin romance.
Leave out most of the sex and sleaziness.
None were especially memorable.
It was OK but I will not listen to any more in the series
As a retired military officer I was hoping the novel was more realistic rather than A "Hardy Boys"/Girlsy sex oriented novel. Should change the series title from Semper Fi to "A Marine's WWII Romantic Trysts".
For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
TAKE WHAT YOU CAN WHENEVER YOU CAN GET IT, I ALWAYS SAY.
I am not into military type books, but I always say a good writer can make any subject a good listen. I had never listened to Griffin before, but this had such high ratings. The ratings are well deserved. It is a story that flows smoothly, with a main character you can not help, but love. The story starts in 1941, before Pearl Harbor and tells the story of what the Marines were like back then and the people that were in the Marines. I enjoyed the history on China and Japan. The whole book was entertaining with almost no flat spots.
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There are some elements to the story that I usually don't like in believable fiction, but for some reason did not bother me so much this time. It is bad enough that it could ruin the story for some others. I mention these things for those, whom it might bother too much. First of all we have this common everyday Joe, coming from a dysfunctional family who speaks, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. We are not told what dialect of Chinese he speaks. I always heard there were two main dialects of Chinese along with several minor ones and that often the Chinese people don't understand each other. The main character in this book never has a problem being understood by any and all Chinese. He speaks Italian so well, that he is mistaken for Italian. Every time in the book, that it seems like he is in trouble, he comes out smelling like a rose. Every time. Griffin plays up all of these episodes, trying to convince you that he is for it now and then surprise you with how well he comes out of the situation. The first couple of times you might fall for it, but by the tenth time it gets a little ridiculous. The book is also very predictable. These weaknesses usually will ruin a book for me, but in this book I was able to look past it. You might get fed up with it. This was a strong five star book for me and I am looking forward to continuing the series.
Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and he did not disappoint in this. He only does a few voices and all his girls sound the same, but his style and knowledge of what he is saying always makes a book sound better then it would read.
Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.
"Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.
I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.
I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.