This is the classic true tale of the Tobruk siege as told by the premier Aussie historical author, Peter Fitzsimons. An abridged version of the siege could be told in 4 hours, but the depth of research undertaken and the unrivalled re-telling in this book is equal to his other works, that is outstanding.
I was often disappointed to get to the end of my drive and have to stop listening. Not only a captivating story, but a history lesson as well. Listen to this and then listen to "Kokoda" by the same author, you will not be disappointed. This is not predominantly a war story, it is a story of Aussie guts, adversity, mate ship and triumph, in a simpler time when the world was at war.
The narration by Bower is another excellent job. He has narrated other of Fitzsimons works with equal success and passion.
This story epitomises the Aussie spirit, told from a partially biased perspective, as all home grown stories are. Long live the legend of Jack Edminson VC. Listen to this book and you will know what I mean.
This book has been written from the heart, with the emotion of someone who was there and didn't come home the same way he went. A very realistic tale of the horrors of war with a good insight into the way the 'good guys' play war compared to those on the other side.
If you have a week stomach some of the verbal graphics may be a bit confronting, but not a patch on the hell that these guys endured. On the down side, this was a bit of a 'Ra Ra USA is the best' type story, that could have benefited from a bit of information from the other perspective. Although it is acknowledged that it was the writer's perspective, and he would not have been interested in the other perspective, hence the war.
This book has been a staple learning text for military schools for hundreds of years, and the lessons are still applicable for daily life, military or civilian. The tone of the narator tended to be a bit droll after a while, but the introduction of the female explanatory narrator was a welcome change. A very enlightening book that will provide at least a couple of life hints to every listener. Not a novel, this is a serious learning experience.
This was truely enlightening. Everyone knows the old chestnut about folded arms being a physical communications barrier, but this book puts all of the jigsaw pieces together. It also points out that eg. folded arms, alone, is not the full story. The delivery by Paul Costanzo was a little cluncky in areas, almost like the narrator took a breath mid sentence or mid word.
I will listen to this one again to pick up the subtleties that I missed in the magnitude of information.
In reality, the less people that listen to this book, the more I will have the upper hand in negotiations etc. It is easy to put into practice the "secrets" that Joe explains. I was noticing minute body cues after the very early parts of the book.
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