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Code Talker Audiobook

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

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Publisher's Summary

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Chester Nez and Judith Avila (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation." (Kirkus)

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    Martha Doggett Victor, CO, United States 04-15-17
    Martha Doggett Victor, CO, United States 04-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful saga in American History"

    Where "hero" is bandied about in popular political conversation these men suffered the American legacy of racism and discrimination and yet sacrificed for "America" Mr Nez and the Navaho Nation deserve the respect and admiration of a grateful nation.

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    Jeremiah M. Lorrig 02-28-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Fascinating topic, excellent history, loaded angle"

    Fascinating topic, excellent history, loaded language.

    I don't typically have a problem with books that are ghost written, but this book seems to be more of a biography than a true set of memoirs.

    I love the story of these heroes whose efforts truly saved countless lives and impacted the course of the war. The book is best when it focuses on that. It becomes hazy when the "expert" writes for herself.

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    dakota 12-18-16
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    "Great book"

    Great narrator. Great history and fact's. Family members are Navajo and we all enjoyed this book.

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    Love2Read 12-12-16
    Love2Read 12-12-16
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    "Fascinating Story, Okay Execution"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Code Talker to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but I think it might be preferred.


    What aspect of David Colacci’s performance would you have changed?

    His pronounciations, also his pacing at times seemed to lag.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bravery! Courage! Patriotism!


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    An interesting book that sheds light on what had been a secret operation of WWII. The code talkers, young Navajo men who could speak both Navajo and English were used to convey messages in their native language, after they developed a method to turn English words into Navajo ones, and then add another level of coding beyond that. Since, with very few exceptions, the only people who could speak or understand Navajo were those born into Navajo families, Navajo offered as close to an unbreakable code as any known. With the added step of multiple encriptions, it proved nearly flawless. The 29
    young men who had not been treated particularly well by the US government, or any other governmental agencies, put that behind them to defend their country, laying their lives bravely on the line. This book shares details of this top secret endeavor. Those involved were not allowed to speak of their war work for decades. By the time the secrecy was lifted, most of those who had been involved had either died or drifted out of contact. Mr. Nez, fortunately, was around and able to discuss his experience with Judith Schiess Avila, a writer. She took his stories of his youth and his and others time in military training and on the battlefield and turned it into a remarkable tale.

    I did thing there were some problems with this book. First, I did not like the narrator at all. I'm sure he was picked because he could pronounce the Navajo words, but his English words suffered. Also, the audiobook discusses things in detail without actually explaining them. If you were in the military, you might have a clue. If not, like me, you just ignore that segment of the book.

    The underlying story is fascinating. The execution is okay. Still, I would recommend the book, but the print version might be a better choice.

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    Shelley 10-21-16
    Shelley 10-21-16 Member Since 2016

    love love love to read!

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    "What an amazing story"

    I could listen to this one over and over! I thought the imagery and the entire book was thought out so well!!

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    Christine Christensen 10-15-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book! This is a must read! This is a priceless history of the Navajo code talkers."

    Excellent book! This is a must read! This is a priceless history of the Navajo code talkers. The story told by Chester Nez, one of the original code talkers who helped develop the Navajo code is a must read. These brave men and the valuable contribution to Winning WWII went unknown for so long, it is nice to have a book like this written entirely by someone who lived it. Priceless!

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    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 08-31-16
    Roger Louisville, KY, United States 08-31-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Book - Learned A Lot!"

    I knew virtually nothing about the Navajo people and only passing knowledge of the Code Talkers before listening to this book. What a fascinating and inspiring story, going from Chester's early life on the Checkerboard in NM, to boarding schools where he learned English but was also subjected to mistreatment in many ways, to joining the Marines, developing and implementing the code and deploying in some of the worst battles in the South Pacific. It ends with his history following WW2, with moments of both joy and tragedy. It is an excellent book - Mr. Nez, his co-author, and the reader could not have done a better job. Well done!

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    IHeartShoes 08-26-16
    IHeartShoes 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "good history"

    this book proves yet again that FDRoosevelt was a horrific president and should have been hanged before he left office.

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    A User 08-18-16
    A User 08-18-16

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read & hope to find lots of new wonderful books.

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    "loved it !"

    absolutely love this book, narration was wonderful truly an amazing story of an American Hero!

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    Robert E. Walton Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 07-09-16
    Robert E. Walton Sierra Vista, Arizona United States 07-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Honor the Dine`"

    Interview at the end sucked. great story. The Codetalkers were great heroes. Excellent book, a must read.

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