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  • A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War
  • By: Ed Kugler
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Raw, straightforward, and powerful, Ed Kugler's account of his two years as a Marine scout-sniper in Vietnam vividly captures his experiences there - the good, the bad, and the ugly. After enlisting in the Marines at 17, then being wounded in Santo Domingo during the Dominican crisis, Kugler arrived in Vietnam in early 1966. As a new sniper with the 4th Marines, Kugler picked up bush skills while attached to 3d Force Recon Company, and then joined the grunts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If not the best certainly tied for the best

  • By Rose Dawn Blanton on 08-04-15

Best Book Ever.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

I was on a Recon Team in Viet Nam from 70 to 71.We worked The Northern most Part of Viet Nam This books portrays that. But most of all I love the way Sean Pratt narrates this book. He has a since of dry bad humor and in Viet Nam you had to have that or you would go crazy. I think that is in all wars like it or not. I loved the Book and I loved the way it was read. I won't ruin it for you. Listen to this book.

  • The Things They Cannot Say

  • Stories Soldiers Won’t Tell You about What They’ve Seen, Done, or Failed to Do in War
  • By: Kevin Sites
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Displaying a rare courage that transcends battlefield heroics, 11 soldiers and marines here share the truth about their wars. Award-winning journalist Kevin Sites asks the difficult questions of these combatants: What is it like to kill? To be under fire? How do you know what’s right? What can you never forget? Sites compiles the accounts of these soldiers, their families, and their friends and also shares the unsettling narrative of his own failures during war and the redemptive powers of storytelling in arresting a spiraling path of self-destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairly Disjointed and hard to follow at times

  • By Shawn on 03-20-13

The things they cannot say.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

I found this book to be interesting and I enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to others.

  • The Lions of Iwo Jima

  • The Story of Combat Team 28 and the Bloodiest Battle in Marine Corps History
  • By: Major General Fred Haynes (USMC-Ret.), James A. Warren
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

It was the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, claiming a third of all marines killed in World War II. The relentless fighting on Iwo Jima lasted for 36 days, but most of us only know the iconic photo of five soldiers raising the American flag on Mount Surabachi. For Fred Haynes, a young captain in Combat Team 28, Surabachi was one marker in a ferocious blood-letting against an enemy of 22,000 warriors who were dug into caves and tunnels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Account of the Battle

  • By Jesse on 11-25-11

The Lions of Iwo Jima.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

A great book. Very interesting and it kept my interest through the whole book. I would recommend this book to a friend, or ant one.

  • You'll Be Sor-ree!

  • A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War
  • By: Sid Phillips
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Sid Phillips's account of his experiences in the 1st Marine Division fighting on Guadalcanal in the early days of World War II.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good read.

  • By Matthew on 10-26-15

You'll Be Sor-ee

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

A tipical story of the Korean War, but I would still recommend it to others.

0 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sandakan

  • The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches
  • By: Paul Ham
  • Narrated by: Robert Meldrum
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

This is the story of the three-year ordeal of the Sandakan prisoners of war - a barely known episode of unimaginable horror. After the fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese conquerors transferred 2700 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp some eight miles inland of Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. For decades after the Second World War, the Australian and British governments would refuse to divulge what happened here, for fear of traumatising the families of the victims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent work

  • By Michael on 09-30-13

Sandakan.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

This is a twin to the Bataan Death March, only it's Australia's version of it. I almost think it was worse than Bataan, I could not believe the extent of the losses the Australians experienced. It is a must read for any one. A truly great book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236

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

Pacific Crucible.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

I would recommend this book to a friend. Another good story about WWII. If you are interested in the war in the Pacific buy this book you won't be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outpost

  • An Untold Story of American Valor
  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854

At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, could have been great.

  • By Ryan on 01-22-13

The Outpost.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

This book is a must read for any one. I was in the military and things like this happen more often than you would think. It is not always the smartest person that makes the decisions.They should have found out who planed to put the outpost in that valley and court marshalled him. to loose all those men for nothing, a lot like Viet Nam. What a waste.

  • The Liberator

  • One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared - the entire time it took to liberate Europe - no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th "Eager for Duty" Infantry Regiment of the 45th "Thunderbird" Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I Know What a Hero Really Is

  • By Steven on 11-27-12

The Liberator.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

I enjoyed this book. A lot of action and found it to be very interesting. I would recommend this book to any one, Very Good.

  • Ortona

  • Canada's Epic World War II Battle
  • By: Mark Zuehlke
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In one furious week of fighting in December 1943, the First Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona, Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold the medieval port at all costs. When the battle was over, the Canadians emerged victorious despite heavy losses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ortona

  • By Charles on 05-11-13

Ortona

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

I enjoyed this book very much. We usually don't hear about what other countries did in WWII.I would recommend this book to others.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia 1942

  • By: Special Service Division Services of Supply U.S. Army
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

A fascinating look at a neglected Allied front in the Southern hemisphere, Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia, 1942 follows its successful predecessors as a captivating historical document of a pivotal era in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YOU'VE GOTTA LOVE AUSSIES

  • By DS on 03-10-13

Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

For the money it was worth it. Interesting on how the government tried to regulate the way there cervicemen behaved in other countries.