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Brooke

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  • South Pacific Destroyer: The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Russell Sydnor Crenshaw
    • Narrated By Alan Bomar Jones
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    Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers listeners a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle.

    Bruce Kent says: "Great History - Hard Listen."
    "Excellent book for those who like technical detail"
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    Where does South Pacific Destroyer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book goes into great detail, both about the battles and about the workings of destroyers. For hard-core military-history enthusiasts, this is excellent because that level of detail is rare. I value it because it gives me a good idea what it was like to do various tasks on a destroyer, especially in functions such as firing guns and operating the engine room. A non-hard-core reader might not want that level of detail, but every book has an audience for which it is the best fit.

    The narrator is not a good fit for this material. He does not know the pronunciation of various naval terms, ship names, and place names, and his accent is offputting for this material. The material is worth it, though -- so if you don't like the narrator, please persevere. :)

    Overall, I definitely recommend this book to readers who are interested in naval history and who like lots of technical detail. This part of WWII is not that well known, so I value a book on the topic with this level of detail.

    For those who liked this book, you might also like Neptune's Inferno.


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