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The Pacific Audiobook
The Pacific
Written by: 
Hugh Ambrose
Narrated by: 
Mike Chamberlain
The Pacific Audiobook

The Pacific

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Publisher's Summary

In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II.

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima, and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.

In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as The Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor that were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price - a price paid in full by all.

©2010 Hugh Ambrose (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    jack pike 07-27-16
    jack pike 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Five stars on all catagories"

    WW II in Pacific told through real people engages as factual accounts do not. Ambrose has animated through men an women's personal terrors the sweat and bravery of individuals who paid the price for victory. A story this country and our politicians should remember in our future!

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    JohnWayne07470 01-11-16
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    "A Great Tribute to American Greatness"

    A life-changing read, the telling of the contributions and sacrifice of a great people at a critical time in America's history.

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    David San Jose, CA United States 10-01-15
    David San Jose, CA United States 10-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Title is a little misleading"

    I was skeptical of this book. Some of the keys figures like E. B. Sledge have fine books they wrote, which vividly portrayed their time in combat. I didn't find this volume as compelling as With the Old Breed, but it's still a fine work. The title is misleading as it's not a comprehensive telling of the War in the Pacific. It covers a lot of the major events of the war, through the eyes of a number of men in the Navy and Marine Corps. The book does jump around a bit as some of the men overlapped in time and space but not in function. The choice of men was excellent. I've read enough that I understand the overriding arch of the story of the Pacific War, and I don't think this is a good book to start with. I don't think it does enough to make all the pieces fit. Yet, if he had, it would have been less interesting as there is so much to tell. I think the book is a compromise, and, as such, has some limitations. Overall, it's a fine book, telling some wonderful stories. However, I could have skipped this one, and not missed too much. I'd really like to give the book 3.5 stars, as 3 wouldn't do this justice.

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    Glenn G. 09-30-15
    Glenn G. 09-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great historical storyline, dull delivery, little character development makes this a challenge to keep track of everyone.

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    Jeff 07-27-15
    Jeff 07-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book"

    Sweeping account of individual soldiers, sailors, and airmen during the Pacific War. The only part I didn't like was the Narrator continually mispronounced names of key battles such as Peleliu and Tarawa. Otherwise, great book.

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    Nathan Temecula, ca, United States 12-12-12
    Nathan Temecula, ca, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I expected a bit more."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    People who know me would think I would eat up a historical retelling of Medal of Honor recipients. Truth be told I was at times bored listening to this book. I mean the subject matter was Epic but between the mono-tone and seemingly disinterested orator, and the dry, text book like cadence of the story telling, it was difficult to get into the narrative. The biggest hindrance to following the several stories happening simultaneously was a lack of auditory queues before switching from talking about the guys in the jungle to the guys on the carrier deck. It would have been nice to have those music queues to prepare the mind for a thousand mile jump.I wanted to care, I wanted to get into this story. It had its moments of brilliance, however, the book seems to focus more on academic clarity as opposed to rich story telling.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mike Chamberlain?

    Only if a friend recommended a particular performance.


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    Neil Centennial, CO, United States 08-06-12
    Neil Centennial, CO, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This story is heart felt"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book only to a fellow veteran , they would really understand and feel the pain those Marines had to endure


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    HerbB52 02-02-12
    HerbB52 02-02-12
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    "Doesn't transition well"
    What did you like best about The Pacific? What did you like least?

    The characters we intresting.

    It was hard to follow the change from one character to the other sometimes. You have trouble locating where you are in the story, because of it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was intresting to understand the character's reaction to the situations they were in.


    What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

    Perhaps if there was a greater pause in the transition of the characters it would have helped understanding the change.


    Was The Pacific worth the listening time?

    It was worth a listen, but I probably wouldn't listen twice.


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    Biff Fort Atkinson, WI 11-04-11
    Biff Fort Atkinson, WI 11-04-11 Member Since 2016

    I really enjoy the books I read and hear!

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    "Great Story!"

    Great story, but not completely factual. It was a great listen and would recommend to listen.

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    Mark DARIEN, IL, United States 06-15-11
    Mark DARIEN, IL, United States 06-15-11
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    "Poorly writen"

    This is one of the badly written books that makes me wonder why would anybody publish it. I did not like writing at all.

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