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  • Danger's Hour

  • The Story of the USS Bunker Hill and the Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her
  • By: Maxwell Taylor Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 17 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Danger's Hour explores the May 11, 1945, attack on the USS Bunker Hill, one of the deadliest kamikaze attacks of World War II. The book details the story of the ship herself (a technological marvel), her crew, and her kamikaze adversaries. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy shows how crucial this battle was to victory in the Pacific, even though it was overshadowed by the almost simultaneous surrender of the Nazis in Europe. With this extensive research, Kennedy tells the human story on both sides of the battle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story - but difficult to listen to...

  • By David Gorrell on 04-29-17

Lots of Potential

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Reviewed: 11-02-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book had a lot of potential. The premise was good and there is certainly a wealth of information available to make this a great read. Unfortunately the book falls down because the author does not know his subject.

What was most disappointing about Maxwell Taylor Kennedy’s story?

While the book appears to be decently researched, the author lacks familiarity with his core subject, aircraft carrier operations. I only listened to the first three or so hours of the book, and there were so many historical and factual errors that it was too painful to go on. For example, in describing the battle of Midway he describes how the US carrier torpedo bombers were all shot down, and goes on a little later to describe how the torpedo bombers bombed the Japanese carriers (it was American dive bombers). The errors like this went on and on. It was clear he did not understand the subject.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration seemed to be at a slow pace, but this may have been because of the writing pace of the book.

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

Disappointment and anger. I have studied the War in the Pacific for over 40 years, and this was my area of concentration for my degree. I was very disappointed that the book was so poorly written. It made me angry that I wasted a credit to purchase it.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book. It was of a subject I like to read (or listen), and I kept hoping it would get better. Instead I just want those hours of my life back.

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