This is a very interesting story that easily reads like a novel. It is very well written and very well read. The story has a cast of compelling characters and the author does a good job of developing their individual stories. As a 20th century history buff and particularly WWII, I was quite surprised that I had never heard of this survival story. I hated for the story to end. The author reads the book and I can say without a doubt that he is better than 90% of the professional readers I listen to on other audio books. This book would make an excellent movie. If I knew how to do it, I would contact Steven Speilberg and recommend he look into making it into a movie.
This is one of the better written and read WWII naval stories I have listened to and I have listened to about 100 and read over 300 WWII histories and memoirs. I would rank it in the top 20. The author does a good job of explaining the big picture but mostly concentrates on the individual sailors stories who served on the Sammie B. which I prefer. The narrator was very good and helped the listener feel like it was the actural sailor telling us his part of the story. I especially liked that the author did not end the story when the battle ended. But instead, let the reader know what happened to the many sailors who survived and a little about their lives after the war.
Considering the young age of these sailors, what they accomplished and what they sacrificed for our country, it is no exaggeration that they truely are "Our Greatest Generation".
This is the first time I have not been able to finish an audio book. To begin with, the story itself is tedious. The writer goes into exacting detail on how every part of the destroyer works even into how the gears of a particular machine operates. But the worst part about the book is the narration. This narrator is just horrible. He reminds me of those mine-numbing health movies we had to listen to in middle school. Think of paint drying - he really is that bad. After listening to "Unbroken" or "Lost in Shangria La" or "Finish Forty and Home" I guess I thought all narrators would be on their level. Boy was I wrong. From now on I will click on the little sample button before I purchase another audio book.
Twilight Warriors was very good on several levels. I have read/listened to many books on the War and this one does an excellent job of combining all three phases of the battle for Okinawa: air, land and sea. Plus the author delves into the lives of the common soldier/sailor/flyer but also provides insight into the Naval admirals as well. And he does this for the Japanese combatants as well. It's rare to find this much detail in one book. My only complaint is that you find yourself wanting more detail about the experiences of certain people over others but then the book would have been twice as long. There is more time spent on the flyers that the other two parts of the battle but again, there is only so much that can be provided in a book of this size. Overall, the author weaves the story together quite well.
The reader also did an excellent job. His tone and timing and voice quality were excellent. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the Pacific War.
Rob Lowe is not only an excellent writer, he is an excellent reader. His stories and life are quite interesting and without any malice or "tales out of school". Just honest and upfront about his life, good and not so good. And he is easily one of the best "readers" of any book I have listened to. His impersonations are really amazing. When he did Christopher Walken, you would think it was Chris Walken himself reading the passage. Very entertaining and highly recommended.
Michael Caine's stories are quite entertaining and enlightening as he provides brief histories of landmarks and people from Hollywood's past and present. He has an excellent voice and delivery for reading his own book. His stories are interesting and some are quite amusing. I can definitely recommend this audio book.
I have read hundreds of books on combat and I rank this one in the top 10. Patrick O'Donnel is consistently good with his oral histories. He comes as close as a journalist can to capturing the essense of combat at the platoon and squad level. We owe it to our valiant, current combat veterens to listen to this book and understand the best we can their sacrifice. The reader of the book also did an outstanding job. Now if the new President would just take the time to read or listen to this book and honor our military by better understanding how outstanding is their performance in protecting us.
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