We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Hell in the Pacific Audiobook

Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Journey from Guadalcanal to Peleliu

Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

In what may be the last memoir to be published by a living veteran of the pivotal invasion of Guadalcanal, which occurred almost 70 years ago, Marine Jim McEnery has teamed up with author Bill Sloan to create an unforgettably immersive chronicle of horror and heroism.

Made famous by the HBO miniseries The Pacific, McEnery's rifle company - the legendary K/3/5 of the First Marine Division - fought in some of the most ferocious battles of the Pacific. In arresting detail, the author takes us back to Guadalcanal, where the Americans turned the tide of war against the Japanese; Cape Gloucester, where 1,300 Marines were killed or wounded; and to bloody Peleliu, where McEnery assumed command of the company and helped speed the final defeat of the Japanese garrison.

From his evocative recollections of hand-to-hand fighting and the loss of buddies in hellish fighting to his frank portraits of legends like Colonel Lewis “Chesty” Puller and General Douglas MacArthur, McEnery's gritty narrative is as valuable for its insights on a war increasingly lost to memory as it is terrifying and engrossing - a master work that no one interested in military history can afford to pass up.

©2012 Jim McEnery and Bill Sloan (P)2012 Tantor

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.8 (74 )
5 star
 (63)
4 star
 (10)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.8 (68 )
5 star
 (59)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.8 (68 )
5 star
 (55)
4 star
 (11)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Josh 03-31-15
    Josh 03-31-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "true history a must listen or read"

    as a grandson whose grandfather served on the Centaurs during the war for the pacific. My grandfather passed before I could learn about his life aboard his ship. I do remember him saying to my mother that if it wasn't for what the Marines and what they had to do we wouldn't be living in the US as we know it today.. the books like this help me to understand my grandfather and his generation and understand the world i live in today. Thank you to the authors for sharing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David-Kaimana 11-27-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Memoir of a fighting Marine"

    A fascinating and important memoir by one of the last surviving veterans of many Pacific battles.

    Highly Recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rebecca Bennett 11-06-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Badass"

    This guy was in the thick of it. What a true hero and legend. He spares no detail when talking of the horrors and killing that he witnessed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Colin 01-15-17
    Colin 01-15-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    52
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "1 of the BEST!!!"

    Although I have a variety of audible genres, a constant favorite of mine however, are WWII (and specifically Pacific Theater) books. Among the 15 or so in my collection, this account finds itself comfortably on the same shelf / tier as my other three favorite Pacific Theater war accounts:

    With The Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
    -E.B. Sledge

    Bloody Ridge, and Beyond
    -Marlin Groft

    The Ultimate Battle
    -Bill Sloan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    B-House 02-21-17
    B-House 02-21-17

    Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    I've read or listened to several soldier autobiographies and biographies and this was well worth the time and money. The author had incredible and awful experiences that helps give the reader/listener insight into those times and conditions. I'll definitely be listening to this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer 02-11-17 Member Since 2016

    Author of American Bittersweet

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book! Definitely a must read."

    One of the best books I've had the chance to listen to about the war in the pacific. Just as great as "With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    timothy 06-09-16
    timothy 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Rivals With the Old Breed By E.S."

    Rivals With the Old Breed By E.S.
    I loved the blunt story telling of his deployments. This is not a different perspective of the same story told by E.Sledge. This is the story of McEnrys own personal experiences and recollections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.