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The Bravest Man Audiobook

The Bravest Man: The Story of Richard O'Kane & U.S. Submariners in the Pacific War

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Tuohy follows Richard O'Kane, America's undersea ace of aces, and a few fearless submariners, during the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. This grueling battle saw 10 million tons of Japanese shipping sunk by U.S. submarines, but the cost to the U.S. Navy was one in five of its boats, the highest casualty rate of the U.S. armed services.

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.

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    "A MUST for students of US NAVAL Submarine history"

    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.

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    IRELAND 11-18-15
    IRELAND 11-18-15
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    "Great sub story"

    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.

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    supermann 05-04-15
    supermann 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"
    Would you listen to The Bravest Man again? Why?

    Yes I would, hard to fine a better story about our nations greatest submariner and the sub wars of WWII


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm a submariner, what do you think?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Zsolt 01-06-15
    Zsolt 01-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read"
    If you could sum up The Bravest Man in three words, what would they be?

    WW2 naval heros


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bravest Man?

    The sinking of Tang


    What about E.H. Jones’s performance did you like?

    Consistent voice throughout the reading


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Realizing Morton may have died because Okane was no longer there to help temper him.


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    R. Denton 12-11-14
    R. Denton 12-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left.

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    "Very well written and detailed, and it's true"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bravest Man to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, as I have not read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Bravest Man to and why?

    Thunder Below by Adm. Eugene B. Fluckey or October Fury by Peter A. Huchthausen.


    What does E.H. Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 11-03-14
    Carroll Hilo, HI, United States 11-03-14
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    "Well written history!"

    A great saga, well researched & delivered in a interesting saga of teams of great folks overcoming adversity.

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    Ronald United States 07-20-14
    Ronald United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding WWII Submarine Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bravest Man to be better than the print version?

    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.


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    John United States 03-19-13
    John United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Informative"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Informative without being too detailed


    What did you like best about this story?

    History brought to life.


    What does E.H. Jones bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is excellent. Easy to listen to, good pace. Perfect diction. Subtle accents bring characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Very balanced dealing with some very controversial aspects of the conflict

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    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 03-09-13
    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 03-09-13

    Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.

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    "I would have liked to have served under CDR O'Kane"

    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.

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    B. Pearce 03-01-13
    B. Pearce 03-01-13
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    "Great story, but narrative drifted"

    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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