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Behind the Lines Audiobook

Behind the Lines: Corps, Book 7

World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.
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World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.

Still, the reports filtering out are interesting, and it's Marine lieutenant Ken McCoy's mission to sneak behind the lines and find out if he's for real. With him is a motley group put together as a compromise between the warring factions of Douglas MacArthur and the OSS chief Bill Donovan.

Together, these men will steal into the heart of enemy territory and there, amid firefights and jungle camps, encounter more than they had bargained for. Before they're done, each will undergo a test of his own personal mettle - with results that will surprise even the most hardened of them.

The few, the proud: trace the history of the Marines in W.E.B. Griffin's Corps series.

©2005 W. E. B. Griffin; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 03-06-14
    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Corps so far"
    What made the experience of listening to Behind the Lines the most enjoyable?

    I've been to the Island of Mindanao


    What did you like best about this story?

    US forces in the Philippines


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    The Voice is he uses. especially for general on the Philippines


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

    Yes Yes Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy the W.E.B Griffin notes at the end of his books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 03-04-13
    Dan 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Hope they re-record"
    If you could sum up Behind the Lines in three words, what would they be?

    Mostly preparation stories


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes and no. It is another of Griffin's fill-in-the-black books, it seems to me. As always, I enjoy learning about the further development of the characters, but the suspense was a little lacking.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Pretty dang good.


    Any additional comments?

    It became apparent how much Dick Hill contributes to the storytelling. He is one of my favorite. However, this one was recorded in '96, and almost all of the character voices are different. This changes perception of the character- most of the time for the worse. I would purchase a new version if it became available. Other than that, Dick is awesome!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 03-05-16
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 03-05-16

    And Buffalo George

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    "Great Characters"

    Another outstanding book in the series. Characters so rich that it feels like we know them all....all the way from the fighting Marine to the President. They create a plot so thick that the reader can hardly put it down. That said, the text repeats that make this book able to be read independently, are annoying for the series reader like me. Also, this book in the series, #7, predates #6. I wouldn't throw it out just because it looses style points in that department. Where's #8?

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    Davis I. Burnett 02-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What happened?"

    Not sure why, but several props were used in performance and Mr. Hill changed characters voices. Not as pleasant a listen as the previous 6 books in series. It wasn't broke, who decided to fix it? disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 02-08-16
    Steve 02-08-16

    Granny

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    "repition"

    I am enjoying the series but found that at least 20% of this book came from one or more of its predecessors. It seems to have been written as a stand alone.

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    Banyan US 12-31-15
    Banyan US 12-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable but the sound engineer needs to be fired"
    Would you listen to Behind the Lines again? Why?

    If you listen to the entire series - you get a lot of redundant information for those who start in the middle. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious and seems "cut and paste" but it's understandable.


    Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Turning the Philippines General into Jack Nicholson or an 80's Christian Slater impression of Jack Nicholson was funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess the sound engineer had a time limitation. I presume they were trying to make it fit on cassette tape? They released this edition at 30% faster than recorded and distorts Dick Hill's voice. If you can slow it down by 30% you get the regular Dick Hill cadences. That was amazingly distracting. I listen while commuting and seriously thought about returning it for the print edition. It's not impossible to enjoy. If you jump into the story and take the ride - it's a good book.

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    David 10-21-15
    David 10-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "glad you can copy and paste"

    there is one of these in each of the latter series but still pisses me off

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    Alice AZ United States 06-25-15
    Alice AZ United States 06-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Was anyone listening when Dick Hill recorded this?"

    I was amazed at the number of continually mispronounced words. It was painful to listen to this book. If I had time to read it, I would have quit after the first hour. Since it is the seventh book, I figured I'd just suffer through so I could get to book eight.

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    KansaKilla 06-13-15
    KansaKilla 06-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story but..."

    ...the younger Dick Hill isn't as good as the older dick hill that I've grown accustomed to in the series. The audio quality isn't anywhere near as good as the previous versions. I enjoyed the books so far but the narrator uses different voices for the characters than in the more recent recordings of the preceding books.

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    Jerry Kidd 06-11-15
    Jerry Kidd 06-11-15
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    "The worst Dick Hill performance...EVER!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Dick continually left things out, mispronounced Makin as Maykeen, said that Parris Island was in South California instead of South Carolina... and many more flubs. Didn't anyone "proof" the before publishing?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His constant deviation from the actual written word ws jarring.


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  • Stephen
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    "Solid entry to great series"

    Griffin's Corps series is one of my favourite series. This book is not the best book in the series, but it's a decent addition and you get to continue following the story of all the great characters. Australians will find this particular audiobook somewhat irritating though as the word Brisbane gets mentioned several dozen times and every single time the voice actor completely screws up the pronunciation. You think they would have checked that before recording the book.
    He also doesn't do the Australian accents that well. He's fine with all the American characters however.
    One positive of the audiobook is that they add an 'echo' effect when the characters are speaking to themselves in internal monologue. This is helpful as in some of the previous books in the series it was occasionally hard to work out what was dialogue vs internal monologue.

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