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Semper Fi Audiobook

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....
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Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

What Members Say

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    William 02-06-16
    William 02-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book--hooked me for entire 10 book series"
    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better I have heard, and made me want to continue the story with follow-on books in the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great combination of character development and history


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Ken McCoy is probably everyone's favorite, but there are many good characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Waltzmedarling Pleasanton, CA United States 01-12-16
    Waltzmedarling Pleasanton, CA United States 01-12-16 Member Since 2014

    I read to escape. Classic sci-fi/military sci-fi/fantasy. It is all about the story. No deep thought, no dream sequences... Entertainment

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    "Great First Book- prior to series going downhill."
    What did you love best about Semper Fi?

    Strong characters. Just enough action and sex to make it enjoyable. Although that much rampant sexuality and love at first sight becomes a bit unbelievable after time. At times feels a little like a romance novel. I enjoyed the first 3 books in the series and then found I couldn't continue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CR Frisco, TX 12-25-15
    CR Frisco, TX 12-25-15 Member Since 2002

    I own & listen to a variety of audio books constantly in car and gym. My reviews remind me what I’ve read & hopefully are helpful as well.

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    "Soap Opera"

    I bought three and read two in the series before I realized it's just a war-themed soap opera. It was interesting enough to have me buy up through the third in the series, but I'm done. I liked the narration/voices except when he tried to do women. Speaking of which, the 'hero' is always trying to do women. That got a bit old. Overall, I only recommend this series if you like soap operas.

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    Bryan 07-27-15
    Bryan 07-27-15
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    "Not that good"

    Extremely offensive language, and I was in the military. It got in the way of the story. Narrator was whiney and annoying. Will not continue with the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15
    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, Great series, horrible narrator."

    I read the first few books as they came out, and gave them to someone to read. Then a few years later bought them again, and re-read them. And bought the others as they were released.

    I love this time in US History, and the stories are great, if maybe a bit repetitive in the re-telling of the prior books.

    Eric G Dove does The Brotherhood of War series, and does a great job. Dick Hill is pretty bad. I am not sure if he has a speech impediment, ESL, or if it is something else. He sounds like a drunken version of Yogi Bear impersonating Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes. Every statement is emotional and passionate! He describes a bathroom with unbelievable passion. The description of a hat is an incredible experience. No one in these books has any control of their emotions. That does not seem like the military I know. I love these books and am very disappointed with the narration. I will not buy any more of them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15
    Richard D. Martel Newark, DE United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a real historical novel"
    What did you like best about Semper Fi? What did you like least?

    I liked some of the military customs and courtesy descriptions.
    I didn't like the way it read like a harlequin romance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Leave out most of the sex and sleaziness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None were especially memorable.


    Was Semper Fi worth the listening time?

    It was OK but I will not listen to any more in the series


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired military officer I was hoping the novel was more realistic rather than A "Hardy Boys"/Girlsy sex oriented novel. Should change the series title from Semper Fi to "A Marine's WWII Romantic Trysts".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. E. Blackman 08-08-14
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    "I'll be back for more"

    For whatever reason, I thought this was non-fiction/history when I bought it. I probably jumped at an audible daily special without reading the full description. Despite a little initial surprise, I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is great historical fiction in the vein of Michael Shaara (and later, his son Jeff), and I'm glad there are 9 more books in the series to follow.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-06-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "I SPEAK CHINESE"

    TAKE WHAT YOU CAN WHENEVER YOU CAN GET IT, I ALWAYS SAY.
    I am not into military type books, but I always say a good writer can make any subject a good listen. I had never listened to Griffin before, but this had such high ratings. The ratings are well deserved. It is a story that flows smoothly, with a main character you can not help, but love. The story starts in 1941, before Pearl Harbor and tells the story of what the Marines were like back then and the people that were in the Marines. I enjoyed the history on China and Japan. The whole book was entertaining with almost no flat spots.

    YOU HAVE A RABBI
    There are some elements to the story that I usually don't like in believable fiction, but for some reason did not bother me so much this time. It is bad enough that it could ruin the story for some others. I mention these things for those, whom it might bother too much. First of all we have this common everyday Joe, coming from a dysfunctional family who speaks, Chinese, Japanese and Italian. We are not told what dialect of Chinese he speaks. I always heard there were two main dialects of Chinese along with several minor ones and that often the Chinese people don't understand each other. The main character in this book never has a problem being understood by any and all Chinese. He speaks Italian so well, that he is mistaken for Italian. Every time in the book, that it seems like he is in trouble, he comes out smelling like a rose. Every time. Griffin plays up all of these episodes, trying to convince you that he is for it now and then surprise you with how well he comes out of the situation. The first couple of times you might fall for it, but by the tenth time it gets a little ridiculous. The book is also very predictable. These weaknesses usually will ruin a book for me, but in this book I was able to look past it. You might get fed up with it. This was a strong five star book for me and I am looking forward to continuing the series.

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and he did not disappoint in this. He only does a few voices and all his girls sound the same, but his style and knowledge of what he is saying always makes a book sound better then it would read.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Selma, TX, United States 03-30-14
    Terry Selma, TX, United States 03-30-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Nothing short of outstanding"
    What made the experience of listening to Semper Fi the most enjoyable?

    Character development was excellent and continues throughout the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "Killer McCoy" perhaps because he was the first and possibly the best developed character in the series.


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

    I have listened to the entire series and enjoyed them immensely.


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

    No clue


    Any additional comments?

    I will not rate each book, but have read each and give very high marks. Griffin has had my attention since the Brotherhood of War series. If he puts it out, I read/listen to it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13
    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, but I was very disappointed!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read this series and listened to it in the distant past. I have also read and listened to the Brotherhood of War series in the distant past. I just completed listening to the Brotherhood of War again. Coming back to these stories is like going back home after many years to see old friends. They are "comfortable" stories for me. If you are looking for the big picture with regard to politics and history, these are not it. But W.E.B. Griffin does a stellar job describing all the little details like weapons, equipment, gear, and nomenclature. And how all of these things play into a soldier's everyday life. He also develops characters very well. I think that most men that have been around the military have met someone that makes you think of one of Griffin's characters.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    After reading all of the other reviews, I realize that I stand alone in my opinion. And I mean absolutely NO disrespect to Mr. Hill. But I think that the producers did a very poor job of choosing Mr. Hill for this particular series. I think he is perfect for many other novels, but not these. I have been around many Marines, but none that sound the way he does. A man with a soft spoken, almost effeminate, New Joisy accent is "Killer" McCoy?? Really?? I know that McCoy came from New Jersey, but not everyone from there speaks that way. He joined the Marines out of high school at about 17. Most young men at that age take on the speech characteristics of those around them. Also, I am spoiled. The last time I listened to The Corps, one of the books was read by Gerald McRaney (I think - I have been unable to locate that anywhere). At the time, I remember thinking - this narrator sounds like a Marine. It made it much more enjoyable for me. Sorry if I've offended anyone, especially Mr. Hill, because I have really enjoyed some of the other narrations that he has done. I just didn't think this was a good fit for him, and that's not his fault.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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