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.
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.
The individual characters and their back stories, made it all so real & put me in their shoes
Has a great voice, changed tone and did slang and pronunciations great
The end of it, realising the toll it took not only with deathes, but mentally with the people that lived on
Tell us about yourself! 72 Years old, 4 years in the Navy, College Grad, still working full time,
The overall story
How the soldiers hate to fight in such horrible conditions
The book made me realize how difficult life is for the military
Cuz it was fair dinkum and even better
Strong men we don't build these guys anymore. Makes me want to cry and be proud at the same time.
yes. It goes into the story behind the war in a part of the world not often talked about...Australia.
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
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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