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
I've been to the Island of Mindanao
US forces in the Philippines
The Voice is he uses. especially for general on the Philippines
Yes Yes Yes
I really enjoy the W.E.B Griffin notes at the end of his books.
Mostly preparation stories
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.
Pretty dang good.
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!
And Buffalo George
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?
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
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.
Turning the Philippines General into Jack Nicholson or an 80's Christian Slater impression of Jack Nicholson was funny.
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.
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.
...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.
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?
His constant deviation from the actual written word ws jarring.
"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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