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Kokoda | [Peter FitzSimons]

Kokoda

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.
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Publisher's Summary

For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent, and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia - a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.

©2005 Peter FitzSimons (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Mark T Ryan 04-25-11
    Mark T Ryan 04-25-11
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    "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"

    This rendition kept me awake all night, with tears of sorrow and chest pumping pride.

    Despite the petty politics of the 'high ups' these few men were there to do a job. Stop the Japs. They did, but at a cost.

    This book is about mate-ship and lost mates. It makes you proud to be Australian to learn more of the New Guinea campaign's details and the privations endured by our fathers and grandfathers in support of their families back home.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 08-28-12
    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 08-28-12

    Military History and Archaeology

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    "What We Americans Don't Know about the War in the"
    Would you listen to Kokoda again? Why?

    Yes it is a good story/history of the trials and heroic deeds of the 2nd AIF.


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

    Yes but there is no way to do it in one sitting, but the book will keep you interested


    Any additional comments?

    History of a campaign that is all but forgotten, thanks for retelling the history of the AIF in the Pacfic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 06-12-11
    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 06-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Another top book by this author"

    An engrossing read which will keep you entertained to the end. Write some more like this please Peter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Cannington, Australia 04-21-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 04-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "A great true story of suffering and war"
    What made the experience of listening to Kokoda the most enjoyable?

    Kokoda is legend in Australia, and no doubt many places in the world with legends and stories abound. Peter Fitzsimons does a wonderful job in his telling.


    What other book might you compare Kokoda to and why?

    Consider this comparable to his Tobruk


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 11-21-12
    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 11-21-12

    I am a retired social worker/psychotherapist/group therapist. I am also a qualified senior flight instructor. I served as an air traffic control officer in the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War. I am a keen sea-kayaker. I recently completed a Master's degree and am working towards a PhD.

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    "A very moving and graphic account."

    This book gives a very moving and graphic account of the first time the Japanese Imperial Army was defeated on land during World War 2. It describes how a battalion of Australian Army Reserve soldiers slowed the advance of the Japanese across New Guinea long enough to allow the arrival of battle seasoned Australian Army Regular soldiers from the Middle East. Eventually, the Australians pushed the Japanese back and defeated them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-08-12
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    "Kokoda with the background of the men in the field"

    I will listen to this more than twice Peter covers the story of Kokoda well, with a touch of humor .
    A little to-much like a novel .But a GREAT book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14
    William R. Toddmancillas Chico, California United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Aussies in New Guinea"
    If you could sum up Kokoda in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Informative, Inspiring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The typical Australian home guardsman. What grit!


    What does Lewis FitzGerald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great variety in narration. Compelling, actually. Clear enunciation enhanced with appropriate accent.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Kokoda: Unparalleled Herorism.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be a fabulous movie. It needs to be made. It would be expensive but no more so than The Red Line, which was rather a disappointment. There are many talented Australian actors who could play the parts. In the hands of the right production team this is a potential Oscar winner for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Art Saline, MI, USA 07-02-14
    Art Saline, MI, USA 07-02-14 Member Since 2003

    Tell us about yourself! 72 Years old, 4 years in the Navy, College Grad, still working full time,

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    What did you love best about Kokoda?

    The overall story


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the soldiers hate to fight in such horrible conditions


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

    The book made me realize how difficult life is for the military


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    K. J. Kendall United States 06-11-14
    K. J. Kendall United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great perspective"
    Would you listen to Kokoda again? Why?

    Great story of an under-appreciated part of WWII


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I liked the "echo"effect when the narrator was reading a direct quote. Unnecessary distraction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Longmont, CO, United States 04-07-14
    Tom Longmont, CO, United States 04-07-14
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    Would you listen to Kokoda again? Why?

    Cuz it was fair dinkum and even better


    Which character – as performed by Lewis FitzGerald – was your favorite?

    All


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Strong men we don't build these guys anymore. Makes me want to cry and be proud at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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