Incredible Victory

The Battle of Midway
Narrated by: Norman Dietz
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: History, Military
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The New York Times Best-seller: Outgunned and outmanned on the Pacific Ocean, a small American fleet defied the odds and turned the tide of World War II.

On the morning of June 4, 1942, doom sailed on Midway. Hoping to put itself within striking distance of Hawaii and California, the Japanese navy planned an ambush that would obliterate the remnants of the American Pacific fleet. On paper, the Americans had no chance of winning. They had fewer ships, slower fighters, and almost no battle experience. But because their codebreakers knew what was coming, the American navy was able to prepare an ambush of its own. 

Over two days of savage battle, American sailors and pilots broke the spine of the Japanese war machine. The United States prevailed against momentous odds; never again did Japan advance. In stunning detail, Walter Lord, the number one New York Times best-selling author of Day of Infamy and A Night to Remember, tells the story of one of the greatest upsets in naval history.

©1967 Walter Lord (P)2018 Tantor
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Great book terribly read

I am so glad to be listening to one of the best books ever written about the battle of Midway.
But... why is it read by someone who is falling asleep and reading as if he was yawning all the time?...
Seriously, the delivery of the text is so bad, that it is actually difficult to listen to.
Actually even further, it is so bad that I don’t have any more words.

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Fantastic look at a pivotal battle

The research that went into this book made for a perfect mixture of the large strategic and operation pictures while providing insights into both the tactics used and personal stories on both sides. Frequently providing and switching back and forth between both perspectives (American and Japanese) on the same event can get confusing at times, but if you are able to follow along you will be rewarded with a seeming omniscient understanding of the battle. Norman Dietz’s narration was superb.

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Very informative

Would have been more entertaining if it was written as a historical novel. Not so fact driven

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Definitive work

It takes a bit to get in sync with the narrator but once you do the impact of the battle, the personal stories, the irionies and the good and bad luck just kind of overwhelms. An absolute must read for the WW2 Pacific historian.

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a classic, still an authoritative account

I first read this story back in 1970s. very dated now, but was enjoyable, anyhow

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Beautifully written and read.

Lol!! We had a great time tonight and my oldest son came in not knowing we were there so he joined us! Yes a great evening!! I fo love my kids and grandkids as well!!
No you’ve not scared me!! Do you stay up late? I usually go to bed early and up early! My friend and I go to the gym every morning g at 6:00 and work out usually an hour before we start our day!!
Gotta show these kids mom still has it😂

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  • Shane
  • 08-01-18

Thankyou Americans, Thankyou America!

An amazing book!!! Very cool the way it gives the experiences from both sides. Truely some amazing insights into the turning point of the world war!!
This story should make all Australians and New Zealanders ever thankful to America for her force and bravery which has preserved our freedom. How easily we forget. Thankyou Americans, Thankyou America!