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Code Talker Audiobook

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

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Publisher's Summary

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Chester Nez and Judith Avila (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation." (Kirkus)

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    Shelley 10-21-16
    Shelley 10-21-16 Member Since 2016

    love love love to read!

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    "What an amazing story"

    I could listen to this one over and over! I thought the imagery and the entire book was thought out so well!!

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    Christine Christensen 10-15-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book! This is a must read! This is a priceless history of the Navajo code talkers."

    Excellent book! This is a must read! This is a priceless history of the Navajo code talkers. The story told by Chester Nez, one of the original code talkers who helped develop the Navajo code is a must read. These brave men and the valuable contribution to Winning WWII went unknown for so long, it is nice to have a book like this written entirely by someone who lived it. Priceless!

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    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 08-31-16
    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 08-31-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book - Learned A Lot!"

    I knew virtually nothing about the Navajo people and only passing knowledge of the Code Talkers before listening to this book. What a fascinating and inspiring story, going from Chester's early life on the Checkerboard in NM, to boarding schools where he learned English but was also subjected to mistreatment in many ways, to joining the Marines, developing and implementing the code and deploying in some of the worst battles in the South Pacific. It ends with his history following WW2, with moments of both joy and tragedy. It is an excellent book - Mr. Nez, his co-author, and the reader could not have done a better job. Well done!

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    IHeartShoes 08-26-16
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    "good history"

    this book proves yet again that FDRoosevelt was a horrific president and should have been hanged before he left office.

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    A User 08-18-16
    A User 08-18-16

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read & hope to find lots of new wonderful books.

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    "loved it !"

    absolutely love this book, narration was wonderful truly an amazing story of an American Hero!

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    Robert E. Walton Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 07-09-16
    Robert E. Walton Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Honor the Dine`"

    Interview at the end sucked. great story. The Codetalkers were great heroes. Excellent book, a must read.

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    David W. Sisk Hemet, CA USA 07-07-16
    David W. Sisk Hemet, CA USA 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "important history unfolded"
    If you could sum up Code Talker in three words, what would they be?

    fascinating piece of history


    What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

    As someone who also grew up on the checkerboard in New Mexico, I was disappointed the reader did not take the time to find out how to pronounce the local surnames and place names. It could have been better if a reader with a slight Navajo accent had been chosen to read it.


    Any additional comments?

    Culture and historical facts are well researched. The author shows Chester Nez's admirable character and illustrates the way Navajos changed the war and the war changed the Navajos.

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    "An Important Piece of History"

    if it wasn't for the Navaho Codetalkers, WWII would have ended very differently and life would be very different today and not in a positive way. These memoirs by an originall Codetalker in Nez's humble, descriptive words open a whole, new world from his insights. Definite a book to be listened to over and over.

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    What made the experience of listening to Code Talker the most enjoyable?

    hearing about the work of our heros. I had heard about the Navajo code talkers from someone who had been in the army during WWII. According to him they had been miracle workers. now to hear the story, i understand.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Code Talker?

    to hear how the Navajo have been treated, is terrible. to destroy animals in the way he describes is a crime. yes, i understand the land was over grazed, but there is a right and humane way of doing it.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    good


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As above, i have helped care for farm animals, and the treatment of the Navajo animals was a crime. also, the treatment of the Navajo people was wrong.


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    Drew 06-08-16
    Drew 06-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing Book, a must read"

    This is a great book about a little yet very important part of WWII history. It's very well written and read.

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