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The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors Audiobook

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

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Publisher's Summary

Told from the point of view of the men who waged this steel-shattering battle, The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors captures Navy pilots attacking enemy battleships with makeshift weapons and sacrificial valor, a veteran commander improvising tactics never taught in Annapolis, and young crews from across America rising to an impossible challenge. It takes us into the heart and mind of an iron-willed, self-made executive officer leading his men throughout a sea of carnage and two hellish days and nights clinging to survival amid oil, blood, sharks, and madness. And it dramatizes how the overmatched U.S. force, enduring the loss of five gallant ships and nearly a thousand brave men, turned a certain crashing defeat into a momentous victory that would lead to the final surrender of America's ruthless imperial foe.

Filled with riveting detail and based on the author's extensive interviews and correspondence with veterans, unpublished eyewitness accounts, declassified documents, and rare Japanese sources, this is war at sea as it has seldom been presented before. It is an unforgettable narrative that captures the essence of heroism, the power of loyalty, and the way in which the unadorned truth is more stirring than legend itself.

Also, this audio program contains excerpts of exclusive interviews with Navy veterans conducted by the author.

©2004 James Hornfischer; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Readable from beginning to end, this popular history magnificently brings to life men and times that may seem almost as remote as Trafalgar to many in the early twenty-first century....One of the finest World War II volumes to appear in years." (Booklist)
"One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years....reads like a very good action novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable....a dire survival-at-sea saga." (Denver Post)

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT STORY!"

    One of the greatest tales of valor and human sacrifice, during one of the largest naval battles of WWII.

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    GT Doc Memphis, TN 03-13-14
    GT Doc Memphis, TN 03-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Professor of Civil Engineering, eclectic, scifi, history, and Joseph Campbell buff, Pratchett buff.

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    "Valor personified."
    Where does The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an exceptional listen for me. A story I thought I knew well but only knew the surface. This gave the details of the men on both sides of the battle and how they reacted to the situations as they unfolded.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors?

    When the decision was made by the smallest ships in the force to face the largest ship in the world. The bravery of the men came through the telling with gusto.


    Have you listened to any of Barrett Whitener’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    It made me respect the Greatest Generation even more. These men went into harm's way and proved themselves to the world. The tragic fate of so many of them pushed a dent into my heart.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for any WWII history buffs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed United States 09-10-12
    Ed United States 09-10-12

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    "An amazing story of courage and sacrifice."
    Where does The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Unstinting sacrifice


    What does Barrett Whitener bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    For those who enjoy 'listening', it was a treat.


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

    All the above


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    You don't see people like this outside the military, and doubt that there is the material in our culture these days who could do what these men did.. I tried to tell a friend about the 'charge of the escort destroyers into certain death' and chocked up - I had to stop. It was a very moving episode in American naval history..

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    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-23-10
    Luis Miami, Fl, United States 06-23-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great!!!"

    This was an excellent book, well written and narated. a Must read.

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    Mike Greer, SC, United States 06-10-10
    Mike Greer, SC, United States 06-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "excellent war story"

    Excellent book! I had heard the story of this event but not the details. It is fascinating. It also is the best description of a battle aboard a ship that I have ever read.

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    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09
    Randy Ramona, CA, USA 04-16-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book; not so great narration"

    This was a great audiobook; but the narration was not done well. When I first started listening I thought I was not going to be able to put up with the narration. I stuck with it; and I would say that the greatness of the book outweighed the lack of great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Florence, OR, United States 07-08-16
    Russell Florence, OR, United States 07-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Marvelous depiction of Navy WWII actions and heroism!"

    Excellent , sensitive insight into this very important battle. Narration is superb as well. Accurate research.

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    Ashley 06-04-16
    Ashley 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely fantastic read! "

    An amazing story..... amazingly written. I highly recommend to anyone interested in WWII or Naval history. The author gives a well researched, extremely detailed account of the battle. Enjoy!

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    T2Paradis Virginia, USA 05-05-16
    T2Paradis Virginia, USA 05-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Read This Book!"

    This is an amazing but little known story about the greatest moment in Navy history! Well told mostly from the perspective of the crew of the USS Roberts, the story is gripping, gritty, and extremely powerful. Be ready to feel moved by the heroic actions of the Tin Can Sailors in the face of overwhelming odds, and to mourn with them as they lose friends and shipmates to shells and sharks. If you have never heard of the Battle Off Samar or the name Taffy 3, you owe it to yourself to pick up this book now!

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    I4ucy IL 04-19-15
    I4ucy IL 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Start at chapter 13, little character development"
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    I felt chapters 1-12 are a history book with so many names, dates, and events that are talked about, but with little detail, they are barely rememberable. However, chapter 13 forward is a narrative, exciting, heroic story of the Battle of Samar. The heroism of the boys and men on the ships will touch your heart and make you forever grateful of the sacrifice all of them made. What was strange was the editing of the book -- a few ships sank a couple times, the chronology, and the author's bias.

    In regards to the narrator, he spoke normal the first half of every sentence and then "tinny" and robotic the second half of each sentence. It was annoying and took several chapters to get use to. I would not recommend the audiobook. Many of the other reviewers gave high recommendations, but they were readers of the book. My mistake assuming the book reviews meant this might be a good audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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