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  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (263)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "A well-read narrative history"
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    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?

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Castles of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

    Matt says: "Stick With It!"
    "Great Overview of the WWI War at Sea"
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    What did you love best about Castles of Steel?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Matthews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first I've heard. I enjoyed the experience end-to-end. I will happily listen to Mr. Mathews again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2258)
    Performance
    (1464)
    Story
    (1467)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    AudioAddict says: "The cover is a little misleading"
    "A fun little read, well presented"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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