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World War II. On the island of Mindanao, the Philippines, a man calling himself "General" Fertig has set himself up as a guerrilla leader to harass the Japanese. Army records show that the only officer named Fertig in the Philippines is a reserve lieutenant colonel of the Corps of Engineers, reported MIA on Luzon.

Still, the reports filtering out are interesting, and it's Marine lieutenant Ken McCoy's mission to sneak behind the lines and find out if he's for real. With him is a motley group put together as a compromise between the warring factions of Douglas MacArthur and the OSS chief Bill Donovan.

Together, these men will steal into the heart of enemy territory and there, amid firefights and jungle camps, encounter more than they had bargained for. Before they're done, each will undergo a test of his own personal mettle - with results that will surprise even the most hardened of them.

The few, the proud: trace the history of the Marines in W.E.B. Griffin's Corps series.
©2005 W. E. B. Griffin; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

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Enjoyable but the sound engineer needs to be fired

Would you listen to Behind the Lines again? Why?

If you listen to the entire series - you get a lot of redundant information for those who start in the middle. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious and seems "cut and paste" but it's understandable.

Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Turning the Philippines General into Jack Nicholson or an 80's Christian Slater impression of Jack Nicholson was funny.

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I guess the sound engineer had a time limitation. I presume they were trying to make it fit on cassette tape? They released this edition at 30% faster than recorded and distorts Dick Hill's voice. If you can slow it down by 30% you get the regular Dick Hill cadences. That was amazingly distracting. I listen while commuting and seriously thought about returning it for the print edition. It's not impossible to enjoy. If you jump into the story and take the ride - it's a good book.

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Hope they re-record

If you could sum up Behind the Lines in three words, what would they be?

Mostly preparation stories

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes and no. It is another of Griffin's fill-in-the-black books, it seems to me. As always, I enjoy learning about the further development of the characters, but the suspense was a little lacking.

What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

Pretty dang good.

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It became apparent how much Dick Hill contributes to the storytelling. He is one of my favorite. However, this one was recorded in '96, and almost all of the character voices are different. This changes perception of the character- most of the time for the worse. I would purchase a new version if it became available. Other than that, Dick is awesome!

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Very good as always.

I enjoyed the whole series so far. Mostly I'm sorry this series is almost at its end

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A nother great book in the series.

Dick Hill is great, truly, but his voices in this audio book were a bit of from others.

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Old recording interjected at book 7 of series

Love the series but accustomed to the narrator's previous vocal expression of the characters dialect.

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Informative, historically accurate and enjoyable! Love the Corps Series!

I have read all of Griffin's books and this series is my favorite with my favorite characters. I was so very pleased when Audible provided all the books that had been missing so I could complete my series... I find that listening rather than reading ensures that I don't miss any of the action! Nan

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Great Story

A great story and a fictional but realistic view of history. Some of the characters voices left a bit to be desired. Making General Fertig sound like Jack Nicholson was a bit much lol.

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Based on fact

Well written and performed but the story is the jewel. Except it is almost not a story...

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Wrong pronounciation

There seemed to be a problem with the narrator not knowing the correct pronounciation of some of the sites used in the story.

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very interesting storyline

I have read others by this author but this was my favorite. At least until I read another. Five stars.

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  • Stephen
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Solid entry to great series

Griffin's Corps series is one of my favourite series. This book is not the best book in the series, but it's a decent addition and you get to continue following the story of all the great characters. Australians will find this particular audiobook somewhat irritating though as the word Brisbane gets mentioned several dozen times and every single time the voice actor completely screws up the pronunciation. You think they would have checked that before recording the book.
He also doesn't do the Australian accents that well. He's fine with all the American characters however.
One positive of the audiobook is that they add an 'echo' effect when the characters are speaking to themselves in internal monologue. This is helpful as in some of the previous books in the series it was occasionally hard to work out what was dialogue vs internal monologue.