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The Admirals Audiobook
The Admirals
Written by: 
Walter Borneman
Narrated by: 
Brian Troxell
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The Admirals Audiobook

The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea

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Publisher's Summary

The Admirals tells the story of how history's only five-star admirals triumphed in World War II and made the United States the world's dominant sea power.

Only four men in American history have been promoted to the five-star rank of Admiral of the Fleet: William Leahy, Ernest King, Chester Nimitz, and William Halsey. These four men were the best and the brightest the navy produced, and together they led the U.S. Navy to victory in World War II, establishing the United States as the world's greatest fleet.

In The Admirals, award-winning historian Walter R. Borneman tells their story in full detail for the first time. Drawing upon journals, ship logs, and other primary sources, he brings an incredible historical moment to life, showing us how the four admirals revolutionized naval warfare forever with submarines and aircraft carriers, and how these men - who were both friends and rivals - worked together to ensure that the Axis fleets lay destroyed on the ocean floor at the end of World War II.

©2012 Walter R. Borneman (P)2012 Hachette

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    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-07-16
    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-07-16

    "With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"

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    "Fantastic insight"

    A well written well researched book. If you to read books about the war in the Pacific then look no further.

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    Amazon Customer 04-28-16
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    "Great history lesson!"

    I really enjoyed this book. Great insight into the personality and character awesome truly Great Men..

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    KBH 04-18-16
    KBH 04-18-16
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    "Great place to start"

    This was the first book I read on my quest through the Pacific war. I found this to be a great place to start. This not only speaks about the four admirals, but also those who work for them, and other key individuals. This book led me to Pacific crucible: war at sea in the pacific 1941 to 1942. From there my journey continued.

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    David 02-08-16
    David 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent "

    Book was excellent , written by an author who managed to write something without interjecting personal political beliefs on a history all ready made .

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    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 02-04-16
    #24 fan Wisconsin, USA 02-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "among the best"

    Top three favorite books I've listened to. I listened to this book while also reading a biography of General Douglas MacArthur. One book validated and reenforced the other. I'll listen to this one again for sure.

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    megan 08-13-15
    megan 08-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Must read for U.S. Naval history"

    I thought it was very well done. The narrator didn't take away from the material and delivered the book in a easy to listen to way. I liked how the book introduces the admirals and how the author transports you through the story. It goes in-depth about each of the four and tells you how their careers leads to there positions at the beginning of World War 2. The author tells of the interactions and roles during World War 2 and how each admiral impacts the war. Then it sadly tells of there years after the war and also their legacy. I highly recommend this book.

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    David Smith 06-13-15
    David Smith 06-13-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"

    The story is very well written I had a difficult time stopping within any chapter. Good insight into personalities and excellent use reference sources.

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    Debra Franklin, TN United States 12-29-14
    Debra Franklin, TN United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Very interesting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was well-researched and well-written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed learning about the admirals.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the events with Hulsey were the most interesting and gave me a very different understanding than I had.


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

    Naval Leaders of World War II


    Any additional comments?

    This book had the evidence of good research found in nonfiction, but read like historical fiction. Very captivating and enjoyable to listen to. I highly recommend it if you like history.

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    Alex 06-14-14
    Alex 06-14-14
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    "Great book, painful narrator"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Troxell's pronunciation of Japanese names is terrible. Troxell replaces the "-OH" sound with an "-AW". So Yamamoto becomes "YA-MAW-MAW-TAH" and Tojo becomes "TAW-JAW".

    Everywhere else, Troxell did an excellent job. As long as it wasn't a foreign name or location, Troxell's narration is dynamic and compelling.


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    Adventure Boy Los Angeles 06-13-14
    Adventure Boy Los Angeles 06-13-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A better history of careers than combat"
    Any additional comments?

    The book tracks the education and careers of five admirals who served in the USN in WWII. Because it focuses on their careers, it does not cover in detail naval operations or combat, which disappointed me. For a gripping account of naval warfare in WWII, try Ian Toll's Pacific Crucible, or Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno, both of which are compelling accounts of particular battles, rather than a high-level history of the entire war. The reader is fine, but puts more punch and emotion into his delivery than I prefer.

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