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.
“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)
Nice but incomplete
yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.
He's a very good narrator
No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting
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.
Versatile. Interesting. Skilled
The author's barely disguised hatred makes me sad.
Many years ago I read the entire Corps series. It is every bit as good in audio. I hope Audible will do the entire Series and bring its wonderful characters to life once again.
As I mentioned earlier, I hope Audible brings this entire Series back to life.
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.
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.
This is a great series of books. Historical fiction is not always very good. W.E.B. Griffin is the exception to that. Enjoy!!!
Enjoy listening to books while working it makes the day fly by.
This give a great history of the Marine Corps before and during World War II
It seamed like things that happened in the 1930's and 1940's in the Corps still happen today.
Architect, 3D Designer, Krav maga instuctor and fan of science fiction and fantasy.
It is a pretty good start, but do not the story to resolve in any way.
I listened to the whole series several years ago. The characters become so real that I've never completely forgotten them. An excellent series.
Excellent book. Love the series. Would prefer another Narrator whose voice would more accurately reflect the main character, Kenneth McCoy. Mr. Hill's voice seems a bit to old to accurately portray McCoy.
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