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  • Battle of Surigao Strait

  • Twentieth-Century Battles
  • By: Anthony P. Tully
  • Narrated by: Gary Roelofs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Surigao Strait in the Philippine Islands was the scene of a major battleship duel during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Because the battle was fought at night and had few survivors on the Japanese side, the events of that naval engagement have been passed down in garbled accounts. Anthony P. Tully pulls together all of the existing documentary material, including newly discovered accounts and a careful analysis of U.S. Navy action reports, to create a new and more detailed description of the action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Much Needed History!

  • By Chiefkent on 09-09-14

without doubt, a good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

reader of the audiiobook really butchered many pronunciations of names and places, nearly to the point of losing continuity if the story. it helped me to have already known correct pronunciations, but I feel a casual listener of history would be put off. in addition, the reader sometimes loses track of punctuation, giving distorted view of authors meaning. while the reader has good clarity of voice quality, it seems at times as if he's not able to give correct emphasis, where needed, and the flow of his reading can seem as if his comprehension of the story is mechanical, as if coming from a remedial reading class. mispronunciation of some words only adds to the feeling that he's not reading from a position of understanding, only word by word

  • Finland's War of Choice

  • The Troubled German-Finnish Coalition in World War II
  • By: Henrik Lunde
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

This book describes the odd coalition between Germany and Finland in World War II, and their joint military operations from 1941 to 1945. This is a topic often missing in English, though in stark contrast to the numerous books on the shorter and less bloody Winter War. That conflict represented a gallant fight of a democratic “David” against a totalitarian “Goliath” that caught the imagination of the world. The story of Finland fighting alongside a “Goliath” of its own has not brought pride to that nation and was a period many Finns would rather forget.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stay away from this incompetent junk

  • By Rob on 10-19-17

very dry, lack of personal narratives.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

A hard book to listen to, not much personal narratives, color background. I suspect it's origin is of a translation of a military report, devoid of human variables

  • Clash of the Carriers

  • The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II
  • By: Barrett Tillman, Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The incredible true story of the most spectacular aircraft-carrier battle in history - World War II's Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. Here is the true account of those great and terrible days - by those who were there, in the thick of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Drawing upon numerous interviews with American and Japanese veterans as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but fragmented story of important battle of w

  • By Carol Domme on 09-17-18

good but fragmented story of important battle of w

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-18

Enjoyable story, with some good research and first person accounts, but seems hurried and a little fragmented, with what seem like gaps in recounting of this episode in history. I respect Mr Tillman's writings, and have read nearly all, but this fragmentation is not uncommon amongst remembered histories he has written. This wouldn't be a problem if his books were first person narratives, instead of large sweeping subjects, but one wonders if he is reluctant to quote previous accounts by other authors, or if he has read them. I must admit that I am not a writer, but I am a reader, for over 50 yrs, of military aviation, and ww2 Pacific aviation history I particular. So, it is a minor criticism, given my lack of publishing stature, but an important one, meant in a constructive vein. I would like to salute Mr Tillman's on the effort he has made, in this book, and in the past works, but the book left me feeling as if there wasn't enough meat to satisfy, and felt like the book was remarkably short.

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  • Spitfire

  • Portrait of a Legend
  • By: Leo McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

The gripping saga of the plane that carried Britain through the Second World War. In June 1940, the German army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fills in the gaps.

  • By Glenn on 10-22-18

A good read for all, in a traditionally researched

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

although mssr Mckinstry performed his usual thorough and well researched history, I did detect a note of revisionism in this later listened to volume in his trilogy. Other than that small quibble, I found the book to be entertaining and nearly 100 % accurate, although his horsepower quotations in particular, are, I believe in particular to American aircraft, off, and slightly misleading. Thunderbolt hp ratings did not approach 2700 hp until later in the war, long after spit mk5 was put into service, and like spit, was also a beneficiary of continuous development throughout deployment. Original p47s were rated at 2,000 hp, and later water injected for war emergency power of, I think, around 2400 hp. Later C series p&w r2800 did produce 2800 hp, according to late Peter Bowers of Wings and airpower magazines. All in all, Mr Mckinstry has greatly added to a long line of research, and I would like to thank him for his labor of love

  • Hurricane

  • Victor of the Battle of Britain
  • By: Leo McKinstry
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Leo McKinstry tells the story of the remarkable plane from its designers to the first-hand testimonies of those brave pilots who flew it; he takes in the full military and political background but always keeps the human stories to the fore - to restore the Hawker Hurricane to its rightful place in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed, highly readable entertaining account

  • By Carol Domme on 09-11-18

Detailed, highly readable entertaining account

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Bravo! This author is to be commended for his detailed research, and his reluctance. to redefine history in context to modern interpretation and social sensitivity. a greatly appreciated devotion to a yeoman stalwart, the Hawker Hurricane. From my early reading, 5 yrs old, of a book on my great grandmas bookshelf, so long ago, I don't remember title or author, about squadrons #1 and 73. It was a wartime censored account of the RAF's actions defending France in 1940, I was fascinated of "Cobber" Cain's brief fame, and demise. I seem to remember that account attributed his death to exhuberance at the controls of an Anson utility aircraft. No matter, I had trouble with large words then, but still recall the admiration I felt towards those pilots, including one with a nickname of,.I believe, L'enfant Terrible, by the French. I suspect the book would seem shallow and inaccurate today, but it was inspiration then. This book brought back those heroic deeds, and my nostalgia. This book, like "Lancaster", by the same author, and I suspect "Spitfire", which I have yet to read, a great addition to the histories of these great aircraft, and the great era of that Titanic struggle by largely average men, elevating them to heros.

  • Team Yankee

  • A Novel of World War III
  • By: Harold Coyle
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150

Team Yankee, the New York Times best-seller by Harold Coyle, presents a glimpse of what it would have been like for the soldiers who would have had to meet the relentless onslaught of Soviet and Warsaw Pact divisions. Using the geo-political and military scenarios described by General Sir John Hackett, former NORTHAG commander and author of World War Three; August 1985, Team Yankee follows the war as seen from the turret of Captain Sean Bannon's tank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They came in the same way, and, we whooped them.

  • By Robert on 03-21-17

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

When I read this book as a hardback back in the 1980s , it was a great story from the perspective of a small unit. Although dated from the cold war, and therefore not as relevant as it once was, there are still lessons to be learned for our less educated younger generations, steeped as they are in a morality that renders them hypocritical, and lacking the perspective that is no longer taught in history or social studies classes, the bareboned rawness of death for ones country, in the pursuit of that country’s goals is still to be admired, if only from its selflessness. It’s a reminder that we as citizens could be asked again to sacrifice in those goals, and it tends to relegate our own sense of self importance to a more realistic level. That alone should be enough to admire in this work of fiction, as it would be in as well a written memoir. 30 some years past, and the story is still enthralling, just as the last chapter still seems like a rushed attempt to end what up to then was a very captivating read. Hence my only criticism, that it wasn’t a trilogy.

  • Midnight in the Pacific

  • Guadalcanal - The World War II Battle That Turned the Tide of War
  • By: Joseph Wheelan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Published on the 75th anniversary of the battle and utilizing vivid accounts written by the combatants at Guadalcanal, along with marine corps and army archives and oral histories, Midnight in the Pacific is both a sweeping narrative and a compelling drama of individual marines, soldiers, and sailors caught in the crosshairs of history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't start here or you'll be confused.

  • By Doctor Bob on 08-13-17

Good overall research and presentation of subject

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Overall,well done, deeper than average research, and little conjecture based on contemporary revisionism. I would have liked to see more running commentary on how naval battles and air battles affected day by day outlooks on the campaign, based on first person perspectives, but recognize time and distance have made that difficult. On other hand, the reader of the audible book, or narrator had some missteps, but overall, superior production to some audible accounts that are frustratingly awful pronunciations of places and names of participants and equipment

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  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa (1942-1943)

  • The Liberation Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Rick Atkinson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern learner can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Africa campaign was Real War!

  • By Greg on 06-02-13

Not revisionist history, from internet sources

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

True to the era, this book rejuvenated my faith in historians objectivity and honesty. The trend of revising history to contemporary standards can be reversed. A long, detailed account of an obscure campaign that only historians remember, its detail and research shows in every chapter. I couldn’t stop listening. America’s blooding in a world war, the trials and tribulations, unvarnished, untainted by political narrative. Worthy to sit on a shelf with the likes of Cornelius Ryan and Samuel Elliott morrison