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Andrew

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  • The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
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    (122)
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    (114)
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    (116)

    The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum, and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on a merchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks.

    Ryan says: "Unique. Engaging. Worth your credit."
    "Interesting content, some pronuciation issues"
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    What made the experience of listening to The War Below the most enjoyable?

    Many modern books about the Pacific War are either wide ranging but shallow examinations of the whole concept, or a close examination of a specific battle or event. The War below gives a close look at the stories of the crew of three US submarines which is a nice switch from the status quo. Most background information is assumed (you won't have to sit through a Pearl Harbour or Midway summary) so the author can focus on the small details of life on subs during the war.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The stories of the crew members with only first aid training who had to perform emergency medical procedures while deep into a patrol will ame your hair stand up.


    Did Donald Corren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Differentiation was satisfactory - the reader will have to listen as the story tends to focus on one person for a few minutes before switching to another.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found it to be a good examination of the issue, and a worth while and informative read, but there were no extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that the narrator consistently mispronounced the word "boatswain." As this word is used so frequently through the text I feel he should have looked it up, or at least that someone on the recording crew could have mentioned, "hey, it's pronounced 'bosun'."

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