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michael

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  • Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

    Doug says: "The best war memoir ever"
    "Powerful and Honest"
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    Would you listen to Goodbye, Darkness again? Why?

    Yes. Mr. Manchester shares his own experience, and accurately reveals the the history of several Pacific campaigns. He does so with literary skills few before him have. I have read many books on the Pacific campaign, and rarely was the veteran also a renowned author. Mr. Manchester's command of the language makes the history even more powerful. Although no author can give full life to any battle, Mr. Manchester comes as close as any I have read. In addition, his description of death is unabashed and brutal, but accurate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history and his literary skills. It draws you in and grips you.


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    The author's own experiences


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Some audible critics found it venturing too afar from the battlefield. In other words, delving too deeply into the author's own experiences before and after the war. Guilty as charged. If someone wants only the battle, only the simple facts, then I doubt they have any experience as a soldier, or want the whole story. War and soldering by definition is such a human experience, or inhumane experience, that to divorce the two is impossible. If the story can be told with honesty, with honest reflection and self-reflection, not to mention incredible literary skills, so much better for the reader. I'm sorry I had not read this years before.

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