Regular price: $13.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

©1986 W.E.B. Griffin (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Action-packed...Difficult to put down.” (The Marine Gazette)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,061
  • 4 Stars
    400
  • 3 Stars
    109
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    32

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    925
  • 4 Stars
    355
  • 3 Stars
    118
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    26

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,000
  • 4 Stars
    319
  • 3 Stars
    89
  • 2 Stars
    23
  • 1 Stars
    25
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

great

excellent story to make you think of how lucky we are to have the USMC

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great book

Story line and characters are well done. Plot moves along at a great pace, however, coarse language, especially f---, is over done.
I realize military jargon is often coarse, but somehow I felt the author could have been a little more colorfully creative, especially as his primary character is supposed to be multi-lingual.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Nice simple read

Good read about life in the Corps and pre WWII. Accurate about the Corps... not too bad

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

One of the best series ever written

The Corps, The Brotherhood of the War and the Men Blue series are 3 different takes on different jobs (Marines, Army, Police) from up to 80 years ago. Historical fiction of the type like Michael and Jeff Shaara amd Herman Wouk, but with an agreeable "voice" that rooes a viewer in. Shifts to one of the many different subplots are well-timed and make it difficult to put down. I first read started this series almost 30 years and although this is my first Audible tour of the stories, I've read each and every book over a dozen times. Absolutely magical!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great Book, performance not so much

I love this series, but the performance left much to be desired. Ken McCoy is a strong dynamic character but the narrator made him sound like some weak chinned lame individual. Didn't care for that at all. They really need to better match the voice with the character.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Engaging

A good balance of character development, story, and combat.

This first book in the series takes us up to the beginning of the War in the Pacific, from the vantage point of the USMC. This book is not a blow by blow military combat novel. The movement towards war is almost, or actually is, secondary or tertiary.

The narration is solid.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great book!!!

I read this book series back in the mid 90's. It was on the Marine Corps commandants reading list. I still love the series.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great books

I think this is the third time I will have listened to this series. For an 82 year old grandmother that's not bad.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not that good

Extremely offensive language, and I was in the military. It got in the way of the story. Narrator was whiney and annoying. Will not continue with the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

if You like Griffin rhis is one of his best

the first books of Griffin 's are always the best . It's sure nice not to have to listen to the story being repeated.