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  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishingly good.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-01-12

Complete Immersion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Ian Toll does an excellent job of completely immersing you into the early stages of the war in the Pacific. He demonstrates an innate ability to blend the conveyance of strategic aspects of the war with personal stories and accounts of how the battles and events played out. The book is a historically accurate, complete, and thorough story telling of the early stages of the Pacific war. I was curious as to whether or not I would grow tired of the book considering it is 22 hours long; however, I found myself having a difficult time putting it down - especially with Grover Gardner's wonderful and gripping narration. If you want a nostalgic escape to early-WWII in the Pacific that both informs and entertains, this is the book for you.

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  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,763
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,834

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Appreciated by All Except Ignorants

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-16

If you're a sad, self-righteous, ignorant bandwagon-jumper who loves the sensationalism of today's media-driven society and can't bring themselves to appreciate or accept that people like this existed and ended up contributing so much to their country, community, and the positive aspects of American society (independent of any religious affiliation), then you may not like this book. There is well-earned and thoroughly justified reason why the majority (outliers acknowledged) of the members of The Greatest Generation were just that - members of The Greatest Generation.
For any person (not just American) who can understand and appreciate how one person's story of enduring, dealing with, and ultimately overcoming the incredible challenges of survival and hardship experienced and finally triumphed over by Louis Zamperini, and how that person's accurately told story can be so indicative of such a large segment of their generation, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this book.
My heart goes out to those trifle few who lack the ability to see the powerful nature of this book. I pity their existence and earnestly hope their effect on society is absolutely minimal and localized. To all others, enjoy! (you very likely will - just look at the number of reviews and the average rating... It's hard to argue with that - no matter how 'good' of a 'critic' you might be.

If you're on the fence, just get the book, you most-likely won't regret it. (unless you fall in the unfortunate and lost-cause group described above).

  • One Man's Wilderness

  • An Alaskan Odyssey
  • By: Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Alaskan Read!

  • By Pamela M. on 10-10-14

Get it. Listen to it.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

You won't regret it. If you want to be transported to Alaska and live vicariously through one man's gratifying story of carving a life in the bush, get this book.

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