In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II.
It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.
Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.
©2004 Paul Ham (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"If you read just one book about the Kokoda Track, this should be it." (Courier Mail)
This is an excellent coverage of a little know battle. The author plays a fair hand and spares nobody. The coverage is broad but the detail is there in the right places. The narrator has that great Australian accent that is both clear and easy on the ears.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This is the campaign where Australia shows itself, warts and all to be the fighting nation its reputation claims to be. With cowards, heroes, leaders both great and foolish this book shows it all. The waste, the miss opportunities and the Japanese cruelty and fighting spirit, this book covers almost everything. This campaign is the true Anzac spirit and should never be forgotten. I would even go to say this campaign meant more to Australia than the Gallipoli campaign. This book narrated by Peter Byrne is excellent.
The audio performance is top notch! The Australian accent of the narrator as well as his ability to deliver the Japanese side in a believable accent as well helped make this audiobook on of my most enjoyable.
As far as a book detailing an actual battle this compares to the classic ENEMY AT THE GATES by William Craig, a factual and in depth account of the Battle for Stalingrad. In Kokoda Paul Ham has captured the same amount of detail involving high level military, political and cultural maneuvers without losing the grit and blood of the men fighting to the death along the Kokoda Track.
Again the accents, both Australian and Japanese well read in detail and conversational dialogue make this a fantastic audio presentation
At first, I found Kokoda a little awkward. The book opens with events out of chronological sequence and the narrator approximates a Japanese accent when reading quotes from Japanese sources. However, you soon begin to appreciate the author's willingness to use both Western and Australian sources and tell both sides of the story. The reading also grows on you as the work progresses and th narrator really does make excellent use of different Australian accents. The end result is an engrossing vocal performance and excellent well researched story.
Definately worth reading/listening to: Impressed by the writers ability to put both sides of events to paper without bias and presenting the Kokoda story without watering it down.
The difficulties the diggers faced not only against the enemy also with the Australian Government, some their superiors and American Allies who had very little knowledge of the environment and hardships they face amoungst adversity.
An easy to llisten to person who done an excellent job in narrating the book and his ability to add different voices when reading
There were to many moments in the book that moved me to mention
Another very well written account of this particular conflict. Paul Ham has become one of my favourite writers and Peter Byrne does a brilliant job with the narration. I have never been disapointed by anything from these two guys, well worth a listen, and if you like this look for 'THE AUSTRLIAN WAR' by the same Paul Ham. an account of the australian 'digger' in Vietnam.
"Expanding my world"
I am amazed how insular my world view is. The sacrifice of life is vividly written and the acts of bravery described Listening on the bus made me cry, The tales of back stabbing military high commands and policticl in fighting. made me angry
"A Most Enlightening read"
A brilliantly put together story of anecdotal accounts and documentary evidence gathered by the author.
Not an adventure story in the true meaning of the word,but one that the reader can fully immerse himself, reliving the bloody battles fought by the Australian Armed Forces.
So vividly outlined,one could almost smell the jungle,the stench of death and marvel at the poor leadership that cost so men young men their lives.A first class read.
This real life saga makes you think you are there, living one the edge, from both sides.
The Japanese guns abandoned and pulling out
General good use of his voice.
Oh yeh. I listened when traveling. Could not wait for the next trip for work. Took a couple of weeks to get through.
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