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
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.
An engrossing read which will keep you entertained to the end. Write some more like this please Peter.
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.
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.
Military History and Archaeology
Yes it is a good story/history of the trials and heroic deeds of the 2nd AIF.
Yes but there is no way to do it in one sitting, but the book will keep you interested
History of a campaign that is all but forgotten, thanks for retelling the history of the AIF in the Pacfic.
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
Yes, worth listening to again.
Batavia. Australian history at a personal and factual level.
At times humorous and sad but not to the extreme.
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
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.
Consider this comparable to his Tobruk
I am an avid reader and listener of books and audiobooks. I love my new Kindle as I can enjoy both mediums! I live in Australia and love thrillers!
This Audiobook rates as number 1, because I am an Aussie and you can only be touched at the amazing story of what took place in the Owen Stanleys. The incredible suffering of both Australians and Japanese soldiers. The incredible courage of all men involved in this feat of arms. The stupidity of Generals, particularly American Generals, who showed themselves to be second rate. Whilst Australia's General Blamey was a shameless sycophant who cared little for his men, demonstrated by what took place. He will never walk in the shadows of the other giants who fought on the Track. Fitzsimmons has conveyed an incedible yarn of what took place in New Guinea with fantastic links to the characters that took part.
The men of Maroubra Force and Damien Parer, Osmar White and Chester Wilmont.
The taking of Gona by the 39th Battalion under the command of Colonel Ralph Honner. Chocolate Soldiers Indeed!
I laughed, I cried, I was angry and in awe of the men and women of this era who did so much.
Lewis FitzGerald is an outstanding narrator and does an incredible job of bringing Peter Fitzsimmons ripping yarn to life. Don't miss this fantastic book and audiobook. I will look for more Lewis FitzGerald narrated books.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Peter FitzSimons captures the personal drama of any event.
Yes, he is very good at different accents. Easy to follow.
Yes, but if you are looking for the history I would check out Paul Ham's 'Kokoda'.
This books seems to tell a great story up to where the Japanese have to withdraw then it flies through the rest of the story. I think Peter FitzsSimons should of wrote the story of the 'Chockos', the 39th Battalion. The part-time militia who against all odds did a remarkable job to slow down the Japanese advance rather than try to tackle the Kokoda campaign.
Cut out 75% of the filler fluff.
The strategy, comraderie, the never say "die", selfless, courageous nature and manner of these true hero's.
Performance is very good.
Several. The characterizations of numerous characters does not add, only detracts from an otherwise great story
VERY hard to say negative things that might in some way detract from what great men have done. I give this book a big thumbs down. Yet I must clarify. The men about whom this book is written could not possibly get anything other than the biggest "thumbs up" that I could possibly muster. If I could somehow meet those guys today, I would bow in reverence..... and keep on bowing. Superheros ... to say the least. Yet this book poorly put together. The writer is quite good but there is a staggering amount of filler in this book. To make matters worse the filler is both boring and often redundant. The entire first half of the book could be shortned into one chapter.... MAX. The author should have been redirected to focus on the military build up, the stragies of the battle and the actual battles. Again, great men, perhaps the finest Australia has ever produced.... men whom we should be all awestruck by but the book is just not, overall, a good one. The author is capable and should re-write it under the guide of a much better editor.
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