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Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an "Angel of Bataan," she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her award-winning story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother.

©2013 Melissa Bowersock (P)2013 Melissa Bowersock

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Wonderful story of the hardships of World War Two

This is a gripping story of a captured Nurse working during World War Two in the Pacific. It is told through letters and captured with beauty and sensitivity by the Narrator. Anyone who wishes to have a glimpse of the sacrifices of so many men and women during the War will appreciate this story. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Marcia Gates,Angel of Bataan

This was a really good book!I did no know about this part of American history.The women that were kept by the Japanese went through hell,but kept living as long as they could.Every girl should be guided to read this in high school. Adrianne Price was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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All Too Real

War-Is-Hell, war-experiences, WW2, Pacific-theater-of-operations, nursing, prisoners-of-war, biography, nonfiction Excellent personalization and fill-in-the-blanks of a situation I have read about in the past. The excerpts from letters between Lt Gates and her family plus those from other families who were suffering from fear related to their loved ones being part of the Corregidor and Bataan terrors made it so much more real than the excellence of the History Channel. The life changes from small town to professional life to Army life to privation and facing her own demise while caring for others is daunting, but her mother did an outstanding job of keeping records and letters which were transformed into a moving book by Ms Bowersock. Adrianne Price gave a skillful performance as narrator. I won this audiobook in a giveaway! Disclaimer: I am a retired RN, live near Milwaukee, and I geek history.

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Bravery

Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan : Melissa Bowersock This WWII, Nursing, POW, Memoir brings the listener into the lives of these women. The story is told from letters, newspaper clippings, and photos saved by her mother. All I can say is Thank The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Adrianne Price gives an excellent performance. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. You for your service and sacrifice.

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WWII Nursing POW Memoir

The Angels of Bataan were nearly 70 Army nurses stationed in Manilla during the war. When the Philippines fell, the nurses were held as POWs for three years by the Japanese. The story revealed the experiences and hardships as a POW and the difficulties practicing nursing under these conditions. It was told through the letters to and from Marcia Gates and her anxious friends and family as well as official correspondence from the War Department and the Red Cross. After release, the nurses were called heroes but felt they had just done their jobs and had survived. They felt discontent with all the attention and never understood why they were called heroes. Marcia never recovered from her hardships and suffered discontent the rest of her life. I enjoyed this memoir of the service of Marcia Gates in the pacific during WWII.. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Narrator brings the story to life

Adrianne Price brings this book by Melissa Bowersock to life. The story was easy to listen to with her pleasant presentation.

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A compelling listen

This is the story of Marcia L. Gates, one of the nurses who was, as a member of the United States Army Nurse Corps, stationed in the Philippines at the outset of the Pacific War and served during the Battle of the Philippines. This audiobook, written by her niece, follows the story of her mother as she tried to get information about Marcia as war progressed and how Marcia and her family lived their lives after the war. Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan is a compelling audiobook to listen to. I couldn’t help but empathize with those who had family and friends stationed in the Philippines during World War II who couldn’t get information on the status of their loved ones; and admire prisoners of war for their perseverance and bravery. Adrianne Price did a good job narrating this book, I just wish she took the time to learn how to properly pronounce the places mentioned in the book (“Bataan” and “Corregidor”). I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This review can also be found at https://monicareviewsbooks.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/audiobook-review-marcia-gates-angel-of-bataan-by-melissa-bowersock/

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Compelling!

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. During WWII, nearly 70 US Army nurses were stationed in Manilla during the war. When Japan overtook the Philippines, the nurses were held as POWs. Families were desperately seeking information on the status of their loved ones through the War Department, the Red Cross, and anyone else who might have some information. Unlike today's world of instantaneous communication, correspondence during that time took weeks and months. Families were on pins and needles to find any scrap of information. It was especially interesting and moving to hear the letters from the family of Marcia Gates, her friends, her fellow nurses, and Marcia herself. The official correspondence from the War Department, the Red Cross, and other organizations made it clear that they were frequently as much in the dark as the families at home regarding what was really happening during the war. While you really empathize with Marcia's family and friends during those three long years of her internment - frequently not knowing if she was alive or dead. You really come away with a true appreciation of human perseverance when you learn about the conditions of the POW camps and what Marcia did and ate to stay alive. Plus, Marcia's dedication to service was inspiring. This is a very compelling read. The narrator, Adrianne Price, did a great job.

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Inspirational Story

Great story and amazing woman. It's hard to imagine the situation that these women were put into, but it shows such a sense of what the human spirit can endure. Nice, short book, but informative about a time and place I know little about. Marcia's letters help you learn what her personality was like. Overall good book. I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

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Angels

I love this book it depicted the love hardships strength of these beautiful ladies. I would recommend this book to everyone I couldn’t stop listening to it it made me cry too but they had far worse. Thank you to the author and the narrator