• Battleground

  • The Corps Series, Book 4
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,611 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The story of one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Pacific, the epic struggle for Guadalcanal. Daredevil pilot Charles Galloway learns the hard way to command a fighter squadron. Lieutenant Joe Howard teams up with the Coastwatchers. Jack 'No Middle Initial' Stecker leads his infantry battalion into the thickest of the fighting, at a terrible price. And Navy Captain Pickering grabs a helmet and a rifle to join the ranks at Guadalcanal....

©2012 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Like his other books, Battleground is hard to put down - and once you’ve turned the last page you can’t help but look forward to the next installment.” ( The Orlando Sentinel)

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A great book

A very easy to listen to plot line. the characters are realm and the author takes good csare of them. A great read in the series, I highly recommend the book.

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Rehash of previous book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

As a stand-alone book in the series, it is a fine story. However, if you read the Corps series, this is pretty much a rehash of the previous book -- Counterattack. Much of the dialog is similar, even repeated.

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

Yes. I like most of the Griffin series.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, much of his material sounds the same. :)

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Not bad overall. But, a disappointment because of the rehash.

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Why American Marines Are Without Peer

What made the experience of listening to Battleground the most enjoyable?

This book continues the excellent merging of the fabulous writing of WEB Griffin and the outstanding narration of Dick Hill. Whenever I listen to The Corps series, I always pull up the maps of the region whre the fighting is described and follow along with the narration. This combination brings the story alive.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick renders the characters in the story believable and adds the appropriate emotion and voice inflection that makes listening to the story fun.A good narrator makes a good book fun. A great narrator makes a great book memorable and brings the listener back again and again.

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Great listen

Top shelf writing and narration. Consistency through out. Can not wAit to listen to next one.

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I
Better understand the time sequence of some of the battles in WW2. thank yiu

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Griffin Brings You Deeply into the Pacific Theater

In the last book in this series, Griffin brought the corps to Guadalcanal, but he did so in large brush strokes mostly from an eagle-eyed view. In Battleground, he retraces some of that territory from his characteristic boots-level perspective, going over the lightning preparations for the invasion and reminding the reader again how the navy pulled out—stranding the marines on the island without giving them all their gear or even all their personnel. Griffin rarely puts the actual battles in the center ring, but you feel like you’re there anyway as reports come in and the consequences are dealt with. You also see quite a few of the people you’ve come to care about go into harms way.

In addition to battles with the Japanese, there are also plenty of the petty conflicts between the branches of service and between officers—the sort of stuff that you would think people would put behind them as they fight the Second World War but which human nature insists would become even more prevalent as the tension mounts. Even Magic—the greatest secret of the war (the U.S. had broken several Japanese codes)—is put at risk more than once for the basest of reasons.

Yet, it’s this pettiness and corruption that lets Griffin’s true heroes shine even brighter—men and women making every sacrifice to serve their country in one of its darkest hours. These books are not only exciting, they inspire us to imagine how we would (hopefully) step up when our country needs us.

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Great series

We are so fortunate to have such brave ancestors who would be repulsed by the current fad of victims we hear so much about in 2031-2.

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Even your Clearance won't protect you

John M. Moore learned how to speak Japanese and had learned the culture. Know the culture can also help the Marine corps.

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A Geat Story

The Corp series is one of the besyvseries i have ever listened to. One of WEB Griffins best if not the best.

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great series

continuing to enjoy listening to this series, l have read the full series of books, but also recommend it to you via audible.