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In this companion to the HBO miniseries - executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman - Hugh Ambrose reveals the intertwined odysseys of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II.

Between America's retreat from China in late November 1941 and the moment General MacArthur's airplane touched down on the Japanese mainland in August of 1945, five men connected by happenstance fought the key battles of the war against Japan. From the debacle in Bataan, to the miracle at Midway and the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, their solemn oaths to their country later led one to the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot and the others to the coral strongholds of Peleliu, the black terraces of Iwo Jima, and the killing fields of Okinawa, until at last the survivors enjoyed a triumphant, yet uneasy, return home.

In The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose focuses on the real-life stories of the five men who put their lives on the line for our country. To deepen the story revealed in the miniseries and go beyond it, the book dares to chart a great ocean of enmity known as The Pacific and the brave men who fought. Some considered war a profession, others enlisted as citizen soldiers. Each man served in a different part of the war, but their respective duties required every ounce of their courage and their strength to defeat an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender. The medals for valor that were pinned on three of them came at a shocking price - a price paid in full by all.

©2010 Hugh Ambrose (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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This story is heart felt

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book only to a fellow veteran , they would really understand and feel the pain those Marines had to endure

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Doesn't transition well

What did you like best about The Pacific? What did you like least?

The characters we intresting.

It was hard to follow the change from one character to the other sometimes. You have trouble locating where you are in the story, because of it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

It was intresting to understand the character's reaction to the situations they were in.

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

Perhaps if there was a greater pause in the transition of the characters it would have helped understanding the change.

Was The Pacific worth the listening time?

It was worth a listen, but I probably wouldn't listen twice.

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  • Biff
  • Fort Atkinson, WI
  • 11-04-11

Great Story!

Great story, but not completely factual. It was a great listen and would recommend to listen.

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  • Mark
  • DARIEN, IL, United States
  • 06-15-11

Poorly writen

This is one of the badly written books that makes me wonder why would anybody publish it. I did not like writing at all.

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  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 12-13-10


This story tells us, on so many levels, of the efforts and daily struggles our fellow Americans faced in a unselfish commitment to a nation which was made great by their actions in WWII. We are the benefactors of their glory and sacrifice. This story should make us all proud to be called Americans due solely to the courage of our youth during one of our finest hours.

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Awe, Amazement, and Nothing but Respect

I have worked for the USMC as a civilian for almost five years, and have always had an appreciation for the men and women I serve, but I cannot say enough about those who fought in the war in the Pacific. The enemy was clear and decisive, yet the stories of the main characters are gripping, and you feel like you know these men by the time you reach the last few hours of the book. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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  • Steven
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
  • 07-22-10


The reader talks in a monotone and it is hard to keep awake. The story is hard to follow because the events are stuck together in such a way that you get confused about who is who and where. The facts of the conflict are presented in a manner lacking veracity. There are better books on the Pacific War that give a less tainted version. This might have been good for TV but for reading ( listening ) it leaves a lot to be desired

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  • Scott
  • Ovilla TX, USA
  • 06-05-10

If you like history, you will like this.

This is a book that needed to be written. What is enjoyable about this book is the personal insights that the author provides about the day to day life that our marines endured.

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Great and flowing summary of the Pacific War

I have a much more clearer understanding of the war in the pacific from the individual men who fought in the war and realizing what they experienced. Accounts of the individual battles and the mistakes and triumphs are very enlightening. Mike chamberlain keeps you interested in wanting to know what happens next in the story. The book is a great companion to the HBO miniseries.

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  • stuart
  • Salt Lake City, UTah
  • 10-13-12

My first Audible book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Pacific to be better than the print version?

Yes, they did a very good job at bringing the characters alive in sad chapter of human history

What other book might you compare The Pacific to and why?

Band of Brothers, I believe these two WWII books are in a class of their own! They describe the war from the ground experiences.

What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

He brought all the characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I wanted to spread this one out

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