Admiral Halsey's Story

Narrated by: Jordan Walters
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Admiral William F. “Bull” Halsey earned a legendary reputation for daring and boldness as commander of the U.S. Third Fleet. Admiral Halsey’s Story is this admiral’s record of his actions through the course of his remarkable career in the US Navy.

The account begins with a brief overview of his years in school and early years with the navy, where he fought in the First World War and served in Mexico and Greece, as he rose through the ranks to become vice admiral just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Halsey’s life was dramatically altered with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as through the next four years, he rose from relative obscurity to become one of the most famous allied naval figures in the war.

The events of Halsey’s life through World War Two are split into three sections in the book and are covered in wonderful detail:

  • Firstly, he uncovers the details of his command of a carrier task force in the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor until May 1942.
  • Next, the book discusses his life as Commander of the South Pacific Area and its forces which lasted until June 1944.
  • And finally, the book gives an in-depth overview of the final year of the war when Halsey was commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.

During the war, Halsey had continually acted with bravery and speed and all of his most famous actions are covered through the book, such as how he directed the campaigns in the Solomons and led the attacks on the Carolines and New Britain.

William F. Halsey was an American admiral in the United States Navy during World War II. In 1943, he was made commander of the Third Fleet, the post he held through the rest of the war. He was promoted to fleet admiral in December 1945 and retired from active service in March 1947. 

Admiral Halsey's Story was first published in 1947, and Halsey passed away in 1959. The book was written with Lieutenant Commander J. Bryan III, USNR, who during the war had served a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific. In civilian life, he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993.
 

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Critic Reviews

“The book is pure Halsey - the personal yarn of a seagoing, fighting admiral who was forthright, honest, often brilliant, sometimes rash, but who possessed above all else, a natural modesty that enhanced his uncommon valor.” (Naval War College Review)

“To learn what went on behind the wartime newspaper reports, her is an incomparable document. Admiral Halsey has written simply and modestly a book that will further enhance the Halsey legend.” (The Saturday Review)

“He knew far better than armchair historians do that the best defense is a good offense. That is the legacy of Bull Halsey.” (Warfare History Network)

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Great Story, Great man...

This book is good written well but the reader is horrible. Mis-pronounces words hesitates as he reads, lots of um's . Just sounds amateurish.

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The narration is atrocious

The performance is full of mispronunciations and stumbles. The audio sounds like it was recorded in a closet. I’ve read the book and it is great, but the narration is so poor as to be distracting and I had to stop listening. I hope a professional narrator records this book and I will be first in line to buy the new audiobook.

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who did you get to read this book a 1st grader?

I really wanted to know admiral Haesy story but I could had my 10 year old grand daughter do a better job. i would suggest having this reader scrapped and redone. at least find someone who can pronounce names & places correctly

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Great Content, Terrible Narration

Admiral Halsey's story is an important one, too bad it is totally ruined by the worst narration I've ever heard on any Audible book. The narrator acts like he never saw the content before, stumbled continually and mispronounced more words than he got right.
Too bad such a wonderful story was ruined!

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Maybe the worst narration I’ve ever heard

I normally don’t criticize a narrator of a book. They are good people trying to do a good job of reading a good book. This narrator did such a poor job I found it impossible to listen through a book of great interest to me twice. Mispronunciations, stumbles, hesitations...too numerous to name. I’m sure the narrator didn’t intend to hash up his performance, but I respectfully recommend he read through the book & carefully research the pronunciation of words he clearly did not recognize before recording his narration. Better luck next time. This is one book I will be reading with great interest to see instead of hear the story of a great but very controversial World War II American military leader.

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Don't do it !!!

The narration is HORRIBLE, don't buy it. Unless they have it re-read by a professional reader.