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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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    Robert Ross 04-04-14
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    "Great bit of historical narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. It goes into the story behind the war in a part of the world not often talked about...Australia.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    The incredible down to earth courage of the Australian citizen soldier in the face incompetent leaders and geographical nightmares. It was disheartening to see such incredible efforts ignored by political and military leaders


    Any additional comments?

    This is just another work bringing to light the farce that Douglas McArthur was. I grew up thinking he was a war hero...well, time will eventually bring out the truth and it has

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    Ms. Patty 04-03-14
    Ms. Patty 04-03-14
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    "Surprising and Emotional"
    If you could sum up Kokoda in three words, what would they be?

    Dedicated, abandoned, victorious


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    All the moments describing individuals, their dreams, their pain.


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

    I might have put the book down in tears, but the Mr. FitzGerald's performance lured me further into the story.


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

    Little known story of bravery


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the sort of story I usually go for, but I was hooked by the second chapter. What a "Greatest Generation" these young Australians could have been.

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    S United States 03-02-14
    S United States 03-02-14 Member Since 2001

    Retired reading, English, & math teacher. Survivor of rear-ending on Channel 5 bridge in Florida Keys that resulted in 10 day coma&rehab,

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    "On the Beach precursor"

    Complete with details and people. This is about a part of WWII in Pacific that is not well known. It ties together many parts of the story and makes it real. Worthwhile listen/read with ears.

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    larry LAKE CITY, FL, United States 02-14-14
    larry LAKE CITY, FL, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2009
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    "makes the Alamo look like a picnic, really!"
    Where does Kokoda rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among histories of valor, courage, tenacity, and endurance in battle I cannot think of any greater or more terrible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    One of the most outstanding things about this story was how completely ignorant, arrogant, and even criminal the top brass was in relation to the situation on the ground for these boys. These boys caught it from both sides, yet held up.


    Have you listened to any of Lewis FitzGerald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Mr. Fitzgerald does a great job reading. He is not given to melodramatic tones as some macho war story readers are. His is a masculine voice that does not lack and needs no overstatement. The recording studio makes use of some dramatic effects which are a little over done.


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

    Bugger all!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story of some of the greatest heroism of that generation who resisted the sinister, dreadful axis powers of WWII. These blokes embody the highest of warrior virtues. They simply would not quit and resisted death and surrender to the utmost. These guys were above and beyond heroic! Hats off to them.

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    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 02-06-14
    DENNIS Adelphi, MD, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "How the Aussies stopped the Japs"

    The gritty fight by a vastly outnumbered Aussie militia to stop the Japs from crossing one of the worst jungles in the world to threaten Australia is one of the smaller battles of WWII. The day-by-day, person-by-person accounts from both sides keeps up interest in an obscure historical event. The Aussie fighters are occasionally portrayed a bit too heroically, bordering on wartime propaganda, but the scorn for distant and bungling military command rings true. Both sides lost more than half their men fighting for a tiny outpost on a footpath in the middle of New Guinea, a awesome example of men at war.

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    Charles Easley, SC, United States 02-05-14
    Charles Easley, SC, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fair Dinkum Tough"

    A powerful historic tale of the heroism vs despotism. The story, which is of a war more than a battle, is well read and moves from misery to triumph many times. I think I now better understand why Truman decided to drop Little Boy and Fat Man rather than fight a ground war on the Japanese home islands. The respect veterans I've known have for their Austrailian counterparts makes more sense now. What these fellas did should live in memory beside Thermopoli, Gettysburg, the Battle of Britain, and Stalingrad.

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    george Bathurst, Australia 01-29-14
    george Bathurst, Australia 01-29-14 Member Since 2011

    New Trickster

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    "Brilliant and Controversial"

    Kokoda held my attention, nourished my intellect and was impossible to walk away from.
    Its agenda shone through but it never overwhelmed the narrative.

    The life of the Australian soldier (and militiaman) in tropical PNG was depicted with such truth and vitality, no one would question their valour or their worth. That Australia's wartime Commander in Chief (Blamey) publicly chose to do so, shamed him in the eyes of many, then and perhaps forever.

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    Mr. J. Welsh 01-25-14
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    "Simply awesome!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kokoda to be better than the print version?

    The narrator (Lewis FitzGerald ) is superb in this audible book.
    I can't imagine a printed version would have the impact. Not even close!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    Brave, courageous and ''never give up'' Aussies.


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

    Lewis FitzGerald made the experience for me.. Well done Lewis...


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

    It was such an up and down ride, but that's war!


    Any additional comments?

    This book has really made me proud to be an Aussie...

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-19-14
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 01-19-14 Member Since 2007
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    This book gives an Australian perspective with regards to the war in Papua New Guinea and the unbelievable courage by the Australians under unbelievable hardships. The Australian soldiers being needlessly sacrificed by the ignorance and ineptitude of generals MacArthur and Blamey was unforgivable. Very well researched and narrated.

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    Mark Secret Harbour, Australia 09-03-13
    Mark Secret Harbour, Australia 09-03-13
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    "Should be compulsory reading to all Australians."
    Would you listen to Kokoda again? Why?

    Yes, worth listening to again.


    What other book might you compare Kokoda to and why?

    Batavia. Australian history at a personal and factual level.


    Have you listened to any of Lewis FitzGerald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    At times humorous and sad but not to the extreme.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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