• Clash of the Carriers

  • The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II
  • By: Barrett Tillman, Stephen Coonts
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (220 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The incredible true story of the most spectacular aircraft-carrier battle in history - World War II's Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.  

In June, 1944, American and Japanese carrier fleets made their way toward one another in the Philippine Sea. Their common objective: the strategically vital Marianas Islands. 

During two days of brutal combat, the American and Japanese carriers dueled, launching wave after wave of fighters and bombers against one another. By day and night, hundreds of planes filled the skies. When it was over, the men of the American Fifth Fleet had claimed more than 400 aerial-combat victories, and three Japanese carriers lay on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.   

Here is the true account of those great and terrible days - by those who were there, in the thick of the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Drawing upon numerous interviews with American and Japanese veterans as well as official sources, Clash of the Carriers is an unforgettable testimonial to the bravery of those who fought and those who died in a battle that will never be forgotten.

©2005 Barrett Tillman (P)2018 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

Extremely well researhsed book. I've been a WW II buff for more than 50 years and learned details I had never heard before. Great job!!

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good but fragmented story of important battle of w

Enjoyable story, with some good research and first person accounts, but seems hurried and a little fragmented, with what seem like gaps in recounting of this episode in history. I respect Mr Tillman's writings, and have read nearly all, but this fragmentation is not uncommon amongst remembered histories he has written. This wouldn't be a problem if his books were first person narratives, instead of large sweeping subjects, but one wonders if he is reluctant to quote previous accounts by other authors, or if he has read them. I must admit that I am not a writer, but I am a reader, for over 50 yrs, of military aviation, and ww2 Pacific aviation history I particular. So, it is a minor criticism, given my lack of publishing stature, but an important one, meant in a constructive vein. I would like to salute Mr Tillman's on the effort he has made, in this book, and in the past works, but the book left me feeling as if there wasn't enough meat to satisfy, and felt like the book was remarkably short.

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great book

excellent detailed historical account of this battle. Well documented and written. highly recommend this book

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A chatty collection of war stories, that wanders from topic to topic. Little cohesive narrative.

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Rasping voice.

Great information on America's current status, great piece of history. The rasping voice of Joe Barrett makes it difficult to listen to.

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Very good read

Well written, Great story, excellent narrative. Looking forward to listening to it again very entertaining & educational

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Narraration too fast

The war in the Pacific holds a particular fascination for me and I have a rather large library on the subject.
Mr. Tillman has written a book full of insightful information and ties it together well. My only problem with the writing was how he used too many nicknames in his descriptions of the opposing forces, leading to confusion in relation to “who was who”.
I had to back up continuously to be sure of the facts.
I usually enjoy Joe Barrett’s narratives but found his reading to be too fast paced. It was as though he was rushing to finish. I actually slowed my device down to .75 speed to be better able to catch every word.
Other than that, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes detailed information.

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For the lover of naval warfare

An excellent book that covers the details of operations. Great detail as to the individual pilots, Commanders and the overall battlefield.

The narrator is not as dynamic as you might wish but still if you are into the history you can see pass that.

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Wow!

New author and narrator for me. If you like straight forward accounts without any flourish, then you'll love this no bs report. Love all the details! 🧭🗺🗓🚢✈️💣🪂🇯🇵🇺🇲Especially the ship and fighter names 🥰 I can't say I know much about this specific battle, but it was probably as brutal as it sounds, at the least.

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full of exciting information!

A book that tells all the historical details of the great Marianas Turkey Shoot in June 1944 and all the brave Navy airmen that took part in the battle along with the carriers themselves, they're crew & commanders. I very much enjoyed this listen!