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Semper Fi Audiobook

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

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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)

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    Sherri 08-20-16
    Sherri 08-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great books"

    I think this is the third time I will have listened to this series. For an 82 year old grandmother that's not bad.

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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 2016
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Troy Clopton Glasgow, KY, United States 03-25-13
    Troy Clopton Glasgow, KY, United States 03-25-13

    A sinner saved by the grace of God. Married to my best friend, with four Awesome Kiddos. I love Books top of the list the Holy Bible.

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    "Super Marine and trash language."
    What would have made Semper Fi better?

    Super Marine and trash language. If you want to be offended and are just about comic book level of reading this book may be for you. Closest I can describe is Marine Soft Porn. I have nothing against the Military I am proud of our military and their dedication, but this is just the gutter level disgraceful portrayal of our veterans. Negative and depressing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    Nope


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator is the only positive I really like Dick Hill's narration and he's the only reason I decided to try the book.


    What character would you cut from Semper Fi?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah don't listen with any children around.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12 Member Since 2016

    Pedro Paulo

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    "A nice book but not complete in itself"
    If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

    Nice but incomplete


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.


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

    He's a very good narrator


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

    No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Hemet, CA, United States 07-23-13
    Dan Hemet, CA, United States 07-23-13
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    "Author is a religious bigot!"
    What would have made Semper Fi better?

    I really wanted to like this book. Having been in the military and having read all the glowing reviews, I was looking forward to a great read. There are great characters in the book and great action and the writing is good, but he so often expresses such a virulent hatred for anyone that has religious beliefs and he gets on his stump about it way too much. Bigotry in any form is ugly and at times the author's ugliness made me want to puke.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Versatile. Interesting. Skilled


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The author's barely disguised hatred makes me sad.


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful

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