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Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons) Audiobook

Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)

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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)2013 Audiobook recording produced by Evan Croker.

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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-04-15
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 03-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Wow! What an amazing story."

    This was a piece of the war in the Pacific that I knew little about. If you want to learn about some real Aussie heroes, I highly recommend this fine book.

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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.

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 10-26-16
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 10-26-16
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    "A great narrative of a rare campaign"

    A well researched narrative of a months long campaign across some of the world's hardest terrain! Fighting a war thru that was a test of human wills against two radically different civilizations.... both in a brutal jungle, sworn to destroy the other.

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    S. W. Brown Durham, NC United States 08-07-16
    S. W. Brown Durham, NC United States 08-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Bolinda Audio books are not just for Australia. They are great for Americans too."

    "Komodo" was a well written military history about a part of WWII most Americans are unaware of. Those men deserve more recognition and respect than we gave them.

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    Tim L. 06-04-16
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    "Brilliant"

    An absolute must for any Australian. Gritty, tragic yet heartwarming. A superb story and performance.

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    Lionel Letcher Frankston 05-19-16
    Lionel Letcher Frankston 05-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Compelling and essential"

    This is a must-read for all Australians to help understand the sacrifice made to protect the people of our great country.

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    Pavelrot 11-06-15
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    "A must for all Australians"

    A fantastic story of courage and the deprivations of war. Well told with a great narrator. A great book to demystify the Kokoda Legend and raise it to a new level.

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    Kevin C. Ford 06-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    An amazing story. Strong performance. Any history enthusiast would enjoy this. And I'm not even Australian.

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    jon west allis, WI, United States 04-19-15
    jon west allis, WI, United States 04-19-15
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    "A provincial view of 1941-42"

    Australians are all wonderful Good ol' Boys.

    The British and Americans are all evil morons out to harm Australia either thru Imperial disregard or incompetence.

    If you ever wanted to know what an aging rugby player thinks of himself and his people, this is the book for you. In choosing to make it a semi narrative story, interspersed with personal stories and antidotes, as opposed to true history the author feels the need to make the Australians utterly abandoned by the world.

    All context of larger issues in the disastrous days of early 1942 are subsumed by the resounding bellows of a parochial Australian looking to take shots at the outside world. In 1915 Australia sent men to Europe, now Britain has abandoned Australia! As if the plan was for Singapore to fall in a couple months.

    You get the sense that this is a man who hates the British Empire, considers himself working class, and revels in the tough guy reputation of Australia and all his views and opinions are seen thru these prisms.

    I cannot recommend this book unless you are an Australian Nationalist. If you are you will enjoy it.

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    Andrew 04-11-15
    Andrew 04-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "ANZAC enthusiasts will enjoy this one"
    What did you like best about Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons)? What did you like least?

    The historical detail provided by the author


    Has Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No the history was interesting but characters used to tell the story did not improve it.


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

    None in particular


    Could you see Kokoda (by Peter FitzSimons) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes it could become a movie, perhaps the screenplay who do the characters more justice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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