Amid internal threats and scandals, O'Kane participated in the most dramatic war patrols of the Pacific War, and rescued the largest number of carrier aviators from under the guns of the Japanese. Yet at the end of its fifth successful patrol, his ship was sunk by its own torpedo. Tuohy's portrait provides an insider's view of the successes and fractures that accompany wartime stresses.
©2001 William Tuohy; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
as a former sturgeon class submariner, i found the details of WWII submarine war patrols led by O 'Kane's inexhaustible innovations and smart leadership intensely captivating and impressive to say the least. Brave men of the WWII SUBMARINE FORCE !! of course, the ineptness of very senior leadership became more apparent as the timeline neared the end. excellent writing by the author and reader did very well to not over dramatize the upper echelon conflicts and simultaneously to give the listener a realistic yet entertaining dramatization of many near death and beyond events through the book.
The greatest of WW2 sub stories that I know.
There is a tendency to get lost in detail at times, away from the action on Wahoo & Tang.
But when on point and on topic it is probably the best telling for a fascinating and exciting story.
Yes I would, hard to fine a better story about our nations greatest submariner and the sub wars of WWII
I'm a submariner, what do you think?
The narrator was decent, definitely a lot worse out there. But too many acronyms, islands, and military words spoken incorrectly. Irritating when such a fantastic book is ruined by such lazy research by a narrator.
WW2 naval heros
The sinking of Tang
Consistent voice throughout the reading
Realizing Morton may have died because Okane was no longer there to help temper him.
Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left.
Cannot say, as I have not read the print version.
Thunder Below by Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey or October Fury by Peter A. Huchthausen.
Not a lot. Would have been better by someone with a little deeper voice for such a long book. Got tired of Jones' voice after a while, but it was okay.
Not really. It is a lengthy, detailed history, but still full of action and drama. Nonetheless, it would have required a long sitting and the whole point of audio books for me is that I enjoy them without having to be "seated" or otherwise stuck in one place.
If you read this book, it will pretty much ruin any future books, especially fiction, about WWII submarine warfare except perhaps Fluckey's or Ned Beach's, because you will realize that they all come from these same patrol reports and experiences with little new added.
This book was well written and read providing an in depth insight into the strategy, culture and bravery on US submarines in the Pacific in WWII.
Yes. Informative without being too detailed
History brought to life.
His narration is excellent. Easy to listen to, good pace. Perfect diction. Subtle accents bring characters to life.
Very balanced dealing with some very controversial aspects of the conflict
Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
Absolutely intriguing account of the war patrols and subsequent loss of the submarine from a defective torpedo guidance system and CDR O'Kane's leadership.
This was a great story, but the narrative drifted from time to time like tidal eddies. Also, the narrator's mispronunciation of some words (such as Admiral Spruance's name) left me gagging. Great listen, though.
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