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What defended the US after the attack on Pearl Harbor, defeated the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and is an essential tool in the fight against terror? Aircraft carriers.

For 70 years, these ships remained a little-understood cornerstone of American power. In his latest book, On Wave and Wing, Barrett Tillman sheds light on the history of these floating leviathans and offers a nuanced analysis of the largest man-made vessel in the history of the world.

©2017 Barrett Tillman (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 08-05-17

100th Anniversary of the Aircraft Carrier

This book provides an overview of the history of the aircraft carrier. The first plane to launch from a ship was in 1910. The first carrier was launched one hundred years ago in 1917. Tillman proceeds to tell us about the changes to the carrier that have occurred over the past one hundred years. This is a good review to provide a prospective to the current debate regarding the carrier. Has its cost and size gotten too big? Are smaller and more carriers better?


The book is well written and researched. Tillman covers the carrier, the planes and the key battles fought by carriers over the years. Tillman is a well-known naval historian. What country had the first carrier? I am not going to tell; you will need to read the book. You will be surprised by the answer.

The book is nine and a half hours long. Peter Berkrot does a good job narrating the book. Berkrot is an actor, voice-over artist and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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Poor Commentator

A great short history of Carriers. A very British idea that the USA perfected gloriously.

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This book is mistitled

This is a history of carrier battles. NOT a history of aircraft carrier development as the title would lead you to believe. I was disappointed. Now if your looking for a detailed history of aircraft carrier battles, right down to pilot names and dates then this might be for you.

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Narrator is awful

Listen to the sample of the narration before you buy!

I regret not returning this book when I had the opportunity; the content is interesting but I found it impossible to get beyond the narration; Peter Berkrot is just an absolutely awful narrator, he tries to make every sentence sound impressive and dramatic, which (very quickly) gets obnoxious.

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Nice historical review of Aircraft Carriers

The review of carrier development and history. At times, it's history is overwhelming, and at others it's a good story.

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WORST NARRATION EVAR. Buy the Kindle or Real Book.

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Sounds like the unholy demon spawn of William Shatner, Casey Casom and Wolfman Jack. No, seriously, listen to it for 5 minutes and tell me if you don't hear the worst characteristics of all three of these men rolled up into this narration. It's a damn shame too because the book and the story seem pretty good. I am still struggling to listen to it though because of the narration. I may have to go buy this one on kindle just so I can read the story without the Wolfman Jack distractions. I can't believe I paid to have this done to me...

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  • Gray
  • Plano, TX, United States
  • 03-06-17

Good listen... performance... meh...

Enjoyed the info. Well researched. The end of each chapter was the best. The last few chapters and the epilogue made the book...

Narrater left much to be desired. Was like the guy took a break from action movie previews to do this book. The same tone killed me and really made it hard to focus on the story...

Over all very good book. Good and timely summaries. Brought up lots of very good conclusions.