I only have the audio edition.
Toll goes into detail on the initial carrier raids of the Marshall Islands. This chapter of the conflict is little known and Toll not only explains the motivations behind the attacks but also how the attacks affected the Japanese High Command.
They were all equally good as Gardner sticks to narrating the story instead of trying to guess how a particular character would have sounded.
Yes. The dedication of the Pearl Harbor cryptanalyst went unnoticed by many at the time. The jealousy of stateside intelligence toward Captain Joseph Rochefort. Most of the cryptanalyst were working for days at a time without rest and only kept awake and alert by the liberal use of amphetamines and coffee.
The book is excellent. Toll brings us up to the attack on Pearl Harbor with insightful history of the dealings between Japan and the US from the beginning of the century that give an understanding on how and why such an event took place. Toll then gives a brief description of the already well known attack on Pearl Harbor and then goes into detail of the events and battles which led up to and including Midway. What makes the narrative even better is Grover Gardner. I first listened to Gardner in Shelby Foote's massive The Civil War and never grew tired of his narrative. The same can be said of Gardner's performance with this book. He doesn't try to add accents and the reading is smooth and intelligible throughout.
which is what would be expected for a one volume work. The narrator reminds me of Boris Karloff and the sound effects do go a bit too far with the reverb effect whenever quoting somebody. An overall quality work.
When I first began listening to this book my knowledge of the period was limited and the amount of information overwhelmed me to the point of regretting having purchased this volume. The narrator did not help much as I found him to be too monotonic but I battled through it. After reading and listening to other works and familiarizing myself with the period I went back for a second listen and found the narrative much more enjoyable and the narrator did not bore me. It's a great book, almost encyclopedic in nature. If you are looking for a book that gives lot's of information but don't mind it given to you in a dry monotonic style then I highly recommend this book.
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