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Ghost Soldiers Audiobook

Ghost Soldiers

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Publisher's Summary

On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite US Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue more than 500 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a surreally hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to live might soon count for nothing - elsewhere in the Philippines, the Japanese Army had already executed American prisoners as it retreated from the advancing US Army. As the Rangers stealthily moved through enemy-occupied territory, they learned that Cabanatuan had become a major transshipment point for the Japanese retreat, and instead of facing the few dozen prison guards, they could possibly confront as many as 8,000 battle-hardened enemy troops.

Hampton Sides' vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the prisoners' wrenching experiences are masterful. But Ghost Soldiers is far more than a thrilling saga. Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duress - the resilience of the prisoners, who defied the Japanese authorities even as they endured unspeakable tortures; the violent cultural clashes with Japanese guards and soldiers steeped in the warrior ethic of Bushido; and the complex motivations of the US high command, some of whom could justly be charged with abandoning the men of Bataan in 1942.

©2001 Hampton Sides; (P)2001 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Divison of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[It] took me on a queasy journey deep into the realm of pure evil - then rescued me in a blaze of heroics and righteous vengeance. There's grief, despair, and terror here, but there's also adventure, courage, and joy. (Erik Larson, author Isaac's Storm)

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    R. Mikesell 05-23-17
    R. Mikesell 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story"

    Very interesting story about an aspect of WW2 that I had not heard of before. I ordered a hard back copy to give to my grandson and found it has more pictures than text. I highly recommend it to WW2 buffs.

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    Michelle Strong 05-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read! loved it in audio form"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a historical novel written in an engaging format.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The POW survivors


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The liberation of the camp


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, it made me cry and feel thankful for our patriotic soldiers


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    DBS 12-18-16
    DBS 12-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Must listen it is one of the best I also read the book incredible true heroes

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    Amazon Customer 11-26-16
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    "Important and Gripping"
    Would you listen to Ghost Soldiers again? Why?

    Yes. I listened to it twice to remember characters and dates.


    What about James Naughton’s performance did you like?

    A good narrator is "invisible" and that's what James Naughton was. Nothing in his performance distracted from the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the POWs and the Rangers cried together openly.


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    ECarr 11-14-16
    ECarr 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A real heart felt story"

    Makes me proud to be an American
    Well done.
    The story was well written and the narration was well done

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    Jonathan 09-19-16
    Jonathan 09-19-16
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    "Intense! Riveting to the end and inspiring! A must"

    A must read. Couldn't put it down once I committed to reading thanks to Audible

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    Hayden 07-21-16
    Hayden 07-21-16
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    What disappointed you about Ghost Soldiers?

    The Narrator doesnt know hot to read without skipping every other paragraph


    What could Hampton Sides have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the book was great


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Naughton’s performances?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the book was great


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    Sam 06-03-16
    Sam 06-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story, well told"

    Great story for Memorial Day. Hampton Sides tells it well. This is one of my favorite quick listens.

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    Katharine Kane Denver, CO 12-04-15
    Katharine Kane Denver, CO 12-04-15 Member Since 2014

    I am a fan of historical fiction, especially the Outlander series, biographies, autobiographies, and documentaries, etc.

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    "Excellent!"

    I loved this book and its narrator. God Bless those surviving POWs, those that didn't survive and our AMAZING military!!! When the survivors saw our flag...oh my goodness. God Bless America!!!

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    Geedub 05-29-15
    Geedub 05-29-15

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    "Abbreviated--left me wanting all of it. ."

    A great story and very well written. As such, I would have liked to have heard the parts that were cut out.

    The horrors of the Bataan death march and life as a POW of Imperial Japan are laid out in gruesome detail without caricaturing all the Japanese as heartless monsters. The account of the raid itself is tense, exciting and clearly rendered. The narrator uses unobtrusive accents and vocal inflection to make dialog easy to follow.

    Loses a star because a couple of minor plot threads were mentioned and then lost, no doubt due to the abbreviation. There's also a production error where a passage is repeated.

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