This book is a marvelous read and the narrator presents well. This is the second book I've listened to by Toll, the first being Six Frigates. Both have been a pleasure to listen to.This is a narrative version of the history of events in the Pacific theater from Tsushima in '05 to Midway in '42.
The story addresses the increase in Japan's Pacific influence, the reasons for the decisions made by Japan and other major countries to move as they did. Major events like Pearl Harbor and the battle of the Coral Sea are covered in fine detail. Many major players are described in detail as well: Nimitz, Yamamoto, Emperor Hirohito, Roosevelt, King, Rochefort, et al. Toll also presents their motivations for consideration insofar as history allows.
All-in-all this is a very well presented story of an important part of the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. Two thumbs way up.Some have complained in these comments about the abrupt ending after Midway. I found the author did a good job of finishing the description of that momentous battle and wrapping up the work. Yet there was much that occurred in the Pacific theater over the next 3 years of the 2nd World War. Maybe Toll is working on his sequel?
The narrator does a great job of presenting Massie's narrative history of the WW I war at sea, a pivotal facet of this great struggle between empires. Key players, motivations, events and outcomes are described in a form easy to comprehend. If the listener wants to understand the importance of the influence the powerful navies had on this conflict, consider this book.
The insight easily acquired into the actions taken by key players, from Jellico, to Beaty, Churchill, Fisher, Hipper, Scharnhorst, the Kaiser and many others. This is a great example of the power of narrative history to hold a reader's interest.
This is the first I've heard. I enjoyed the experience end-to-end. I will happily listen to Mr. Mathews again.
For those with a fantasy bent, this book will satisfy. While it may not be a five star classic, it is fun to listen to and the reader does a good job in the presentation. You won't be disappointed.
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