Battle Cry

By: Leon Uris
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (91 ratings)

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Battle Cry is the riveting Marine epic by the bestselling author of such classics as Trinity and Exodus

Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris’s Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author. This is the story of enlisted men - Marines at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough-and-ready tangle of guys from America’s cities and farms and reservations. Led by a tough veteran sergeant, these soldiers band together to emerge as part of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. With staggering realism and detail we follow them into intense battles - Guadalcanal and Tarawa - and through exceptional moments of camaraderie and bravery, Battle Cry does not extol the glories of war, but proves itself to be one of the greatest war stories of all time.

©1953 Leon M. Uris (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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The narrator ruined it for me.

The book is amazing, the narrator is terrible. I would recommend reading this book yourself.

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Not my cup of tea

struggled to finish and eventually gave up. to slow and boring for me. unfortunately I couldn't return it

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Ok performance

I understand a man reading a woman’s voice must be a bit tough, but this guy made all the women characters sound like bad drag queens - that, and his horrible New Zealand accent. He would have been better off just reading them in an American accent.

Regardless, the story was entertaining and detailed, as are all Leon Uris books.

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Great Book

I started to read this book while I was an enlisted man in the marine corps back in the late 80s and into the late 90s. I never finished it. Until now. Well worth the wait. I really enjoyed this book. Semper Fi

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loved it

exceptional read! if you love the history of ww2 you will love this book. a must read.

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could not get through it

I'm a big Leo Uris fan... but this was terrible. Bad story, cliche and unbelievable characters... and one of the worst narrators I've ever heard.

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painful, excruciatingly painful.... Horrible voice

Cannot endure enough of the "voice" to make a determination of the overall story. An added negative is that the story jumps about with no rhyme or reason leaving the listener to "guess".
I need to return this drivel.

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Very disappointing

Leon Uris is one of my all time favorite authors. I read or listened to all of his books. Unfortunately this one is not at the level we are used to seeing from one of the best story tellers ever lived.
There is basically no story line in this book. I could barely get through 75% of it.

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Amazing

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The narrator is very good. Great story line.

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Another hut by Leon Uris.

Battle Cry was an excellent read and of a high Caliber. In the same vein as Exodus and Mila 18.

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  • 05-01-20

An old favourite that hasn’t aged well.

I read this book many years ago and loved it. A gritty war epic, it follows a group of raw recruits, from boot camp to the pacific campaign. It’s easy to become close to the characters as they train, fight, and drink their way through ww2

Finally listened to the audible and I’m trying to remember why I liked it so much. I had trouble listening to their encounters with women who they treated like trash; how the men who cheated on their women back home were just poor lonely boys, while the women they lay with were sluts.

The narrator was ok. The female voices were a bit whiny and the NewZealand accent was almost comical.

I made it through to the end and was glad I did. It made me realise how much I’d changed.

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  • 02-23-20

Are heroic exploits of the US Marines exaggurated?

This novel does not portray men in a very good light (from a female's perspective, at least) - excessive drinking, gambling, smoking and womanising are depicted as being normal, and acceptable. The majority of males may find it entertaining but this does not make the behaviour acceptable, especially in today's society.
Further, I couldn't stomach some of the heroic exploits, which I found to be simply unbelievable. Too gung-ho for my taste.