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Hiroshima Diary Audiobook

Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

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Publisher's Summary

The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness. Dr. Hachiya's compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was a surgical consultant to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and who became a friend of Dr. Hachiya. In a new foreword, John Dower reflects on the enduring importance of the diary 50 years after the bombing.

©1983, 1995 The University of North Carolina Press. Foreword by John W. Dower by the University of North Carolina Press. (P)2014 Tantor

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"An extraordinary literary event." (The New York Times)

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    f_rele Vantaa, Finland 05-09-15
    f_rele Vantaa, Finland 05-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Skip the 30min intro."

    First 30min segment is filled with spoilers and foreword writer tries to explain things to you like you are five that what you must think of each situation that foreword writer picks from the actual book. Book part it self is excellent listen.

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 12-17-14
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 12-17-14 Member Since 2016

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "So Many Horrors at Once"

    While doing research for my second novel, which is actually supposed to be quite uplifting, I stumbled onto "Hiroshima Diary," and I was hooked from the sample. If I'd hoped to get a sense of what it was like/the devastation of nuclear horror from Paul Ham's "Hiroshima, Nagasaki," and didn't find it there, I certainly found it here. This is the diary of a single man, a doctor, badly wounded at first, so he can observe, firsthand, how pathetic and hopeless/helpless he is, just to be parked there, waiting for treatment with such poor options, such few supplies.
    Bur through it all, the patients, the doctors, the visitors, all the survivors, for the most part have hope and heart. It's a truly extraordinary listen as these people strive to make do, strive to help each other, strive to bring some sense of cheer to some horrific days. A young girl whose entire body is burned but whose face is still beautiful is made to smile--that's seen as a miracle and part of a good day. Supplies, however meager, being brought in, are part of a good day. Memories of peaches brought by somebody who survived the bomb are brought to mind, and are relished with gratitude. A breeze on a bitterly hot day, so wonderful.
    This is a graphic, graphic listen, not for the faint of heart, not for the young.
    But certainly for those who would like to learn a little more, feel a little more, love and appreciate their world a little more.
    And it did what Paul Ham's book didn't do: It made me shudder for my part in humankind...

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    Bill Vancouver, WA, United States 11-27-14
    Bill Vancouver, WA, United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Love well written and well narrated books of any type.

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    "A Grim Masterpiece."
    What did you love best about Hiroshima Diary?

    It made me think of Hiroshima differently. I only knew the story from the American side. The is the story from the Japenese side. It's a horrific tale and I'm unsure about the morality of dropping the atom bomb. I enjoyed the splendid narration by Robertson Dean.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It told the truth of the event with superb narration.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The good doctor who wrote the diary.


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

    No but it's still an emotional listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The horror, the horror!

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    Eric 01-02-16
    Eric 01-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Point of View"

    I had read a similar book but it was narrated by an European POV staying in Hiroshima on the day of the events. This gave more insight into a Native's emotions about the bomb, losing the war, the love for their Emperor, the distrust of their military, and the quick adaptation to the occupation forces.
    I enjoyed it.
    It was also entertaining to hear the narrator try to speak like old Saeki-san :)

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    Rodney 05-21-15
    Rodney 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting find"

    I just stumbled upon this book and I'm glad I did, what an interesting account from Hiroshima in the hours, days, weeks, months after the bomb was dropped. I love reading first hand accounts of history like this, written in the moment and not done with a revisionist agenda, it's just a diary of the day to day happenings and news as it occurred. I only wish it covered more territory, in particular more about the occupation, etc. I skipped the intro as I just wanted to hear the actual diary so I have no idea if that's just a bunch of anti-nuke nonsense or not, but the actual diary itself is a great and very interesting read.

    The reader does a great job, the characters/individuals are easy to tell by their voice and he stays consistent. I don't know Japanese so I have no idea if he pronounced things correctly or not, but it sounded good to my ear.

    If you want the diary of a doctor in post-Hiroshima, this is as good as it gets.

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    "Completely different insight"

    You've heard the military tactics and you've know the horrendous stories that pull on your heart strings, but this is a unique insight into the human psyche. It is a day by day account showing an honest, human perspective coping with defeat and devastation.

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