Baa Baa Black Sheep

The True Story of the "Bad Boy" Hero of the Pacific Theatre and His Famous Black Sheep Squadron
Narrated by: Eric Martin
Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (456 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Here, in his own words, is the true story of America's wildest flying hero, of his extraordinary heroism, and of his greatest battle of all-the fight to survive.  

The World War II air war in the Pacific needed tough men like Colonel Pappy Boyington and his Black Sheep Squadron. The legendary Marine Corps officer and his bunch of misfits, outcasts, and daredevils gave a new definition to "hell-raising" - on the ground and in the skies.  

Pappy himself was a living legend-he personally shot down 28 Japanese planes, and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He broke every rule in the book doing so, but when he fell into the hands of the vengeful Japanese his real ordeal began.

©1958 Col. Gregory Boyington (P)2019 Tantor

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Who picked the narrator?

I’ve read/heard books narrated by Eric Martin before, but none happily. That being said, I can’t imagine a more incongruous pairing than Eric Marin and Pappy Boyington. Martin is full of affectation, and, seemingly, himself. The opposite of a hard-drinking, hell-raising Marine fighter ace. As much as I wanted to reD the book, if I’d noticed it was Martin, I might’ve waited until summer and read a hard copy version. 

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Baa Baa Black Sheep

Interesting story but it was poorly written. Most disappointing though was the narration which bordered on annoying.

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Annoying

It’s like having Forest Gump reading to you! The narrator emphasizes the last word or syllable of almost every sentence. Just think of Gump saying “ JennAY.”

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Story was developing fine but...

It seems like the story was developing fine but, the narrator's voice does not work with this subject. I'm not sure why but, I could not finish. Hope it works better for you.

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great story - poor narration.

The narrators performance/style does not match the context of book and was off-putting and awkward

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Amazing Book!

This is an amazing Book. So much history, insight and entertainment. I loved every word. My only complaint is the reader. He was such a bad choice for "Gramps". Not only a bad fit in tone but every line he read ended in a weird breathless way that was extremely annoying and far off the character of "Gramps" Boyington. Still a great audio book!!!!!

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The story of a great hero, who is human!

Great book and very well read! Paapy's life reminds us that a single human can make mistakes in life, but can be a great hero to us all! He is/was a hero! Wish I could have met him. Very well written and read by Eric Martin! Excellent

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a great story!

a great book, a great story, and excellent narration! a must-read for every black sheep connoisseur.

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  • 08-19-19

Loved it again

I read the book many years ago and really enjoyed listening to it again. Very frank and down to earth. Boyngton seems to honestly express the the emotional and personal growth that he underwent during his time in the war and especially while he was a POW. He acknowledges how immature he was in the beginning of his experiences. I found the narrator to be excellent.

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entertaining

loved the story and narrator, "name me a hero and I'll prove he's a bum"

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  • Charles
  • 03-08-20

A truly stunning piece of aviation history

This first hand account by a controversial in aviation history is brutal, tragic,reflective and honest. Boyington despite his numerous self admitted faults, writes his underdog’s tale with aplomb. His narrative is visceral and almost beautiful. He holds nothing back and this only serves to endear the reader to him beyond all expectation A true classic.

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  • DB
  • 10-28-19

Great story

The story of Pappy is incredible and worth the struggle to try and get over the narration that is breathy and over-pronounced.

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  • Karim B
  • 09-26-19

Not the Hero you idolised but a honest account!

Great story from a world war two hero and his life ravaged by alcoholism.

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  • Mr Q.
  • 09-02-19

ok ISH

This was more of a life story and it took 4 hours of listening to not much happen before the war arrived. more of a Bio really but ok. the narrator was a little irritating at times, but overall it wasn't a waste of money

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  • Mike Leask
  • 06-17-20

A disappointing conclusion

It starts off slow, gets a little more exciting with the Flying Tigers, but ends up getting boring. Then progresses quickly to Guadalcanal but flames out just when it is beginning to get interesting. Then he gets captured as a POW but gets fairly boring again and finally at the end he just admits he is an out of control drunken alcoholic moving from one disappointment to the next. Not really inspiring and hardly a motivational piece. The legend does not live up to all the hype.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-20

Baa Baa ho-hum

This is probably a really great book and I will probably buy the hard copy. However, the narrator is so mono toned and boring I find it painful to listen to more than 4 chapters. His Voice has the excitement and feeling of a funeral.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-19

MY FAVOURITE AUDIBLE SO FAR.

Loved the entire book. Had read about Boyington before and watched the Tv series , but this is like a whole new story. Would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the Pacific war. Great narration also.

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  • Darrell Jones
  • 07-31-19

good read, took a while to get to the meat of it.

would recommend - little slow to start with but a surprisingly honest account. The author pragmatically self assesses his own failings