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.
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.
The historical detail provided by the author
No the history was interesting but characters used to tell the story did not improve it.
None in particular
Yes it could become a movie, perhaps the screenplay who do the characters more justice.
I liked that it totally covered the Kokoda Track Campaign from beginning to it's conclusion. The story of the 39th Battalion did not drag despite the length required.Much better than the Mel Gibson movie of the same title.
The cast was too vast for me to pick just one. There were just so many heroic diggers.
Never give in and never give up.
The narrator has by far the best voice and delivery of any audio book I have listened to: He was flawless. I did like the echo effect when he was quoting someone. First time I will be searching for audiobooks based on the narrator rather than the author or content.
The detail in which he describes the struggle of doing the Kododa trail.
Over 16 hours? Come on.
I stumbled on this book during an audible promo and sure glad I did. I cant stop listening to it and makes me look forward to the drive to and from work.
I have read a lot of WWII history but mostly on the European theatre. I had not idea this took place. Plenty of history and facts but still reads like a novel. Hollywood needs to take a look at this but then again...
War, stupidity, honor, death, courage beyond comprehension, insanity, loyalty, arrogance, duty, sorrow and so much more. Told in away that puts it all within the grasp of your minds eye. Even while you know you'll never know. Honor these men by listening to their story. Be taken to their time and place by a narrator of exceptional talent and amazing skill. This story was a honor to find and listen to and to be able to Highly Recommend!
A great honor to the men who fought this epic battle, on both sides, and it shows how front line commanders can succeed in spite of how inept their area commanders can be.
This audiobook is now in my top 5!
I'm pretty well versed with World War 2 from the European perspective and somewhat familiar with the US parts of the war in the Pacific, but this was my first exposure to the Australian perspective.
One of the great things about this book is how well written it is. The author zooms in to heart-wrenching accounts of individual experiences and the costs of war, zooms out to the international politics of the allied forces, and then back in again to the tactical decision making of the officers. All done effortlessly and captivatingly.
Narrator has a clear, solid voice and deliver the material effortlessly. I am very pleased the narrator is Australian. This is such a quintessentially Australian story with quintessentially Australian characters. Nothing else would do.
There were a great many. A few examples....
The pastor who decided to bury a killed soldier in mid combat as the bullets flew, and that both sides stopped and waited until he had completed his task.
The brothers singing together in camp, with one trying to shake off the sick feeling that his brother would soon be dead.
The soldier who after being shot badly in the belly, asks himself "Is this real, am I really going to die? Is there no way out?".
You'd be a fool to pass this one up!
A gripping tale wonderfully narrated that tells of the valiant efforts of the young Australians to stop the Japanese advance against Australia and reveals how they were poorly served by their senior commander and grossly underrated that foolish American Emperor Doug out MacArthur. Best story I have listened to this year.
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