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Semper Fi Audiobook

Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

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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.

What the Critics Say

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

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    David 03-11-14
    David 03-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 10-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A nice book but not complete in itself"
    If you could sum up Semper Fi in three words, what would they be?

    Nice but incomplete


    Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

    yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's a very good narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Hemet, CA, United States 07-23-13
    Dan Hemet, CA, United States 07-23-13
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    "Author is a religious bigot!"
    What would have made Semper Fi better?

    I really wanted to like this book. Having been in the military and having read all the glowing reviews, I was looking forward to a great read. There are great characters in the book and great action and the writing is good, but he so often expresses such a virulent hatred for anyone that has religious beliefs and he gets on his stump about it way too much. Bigotry in any form is ugly and at times the author's ugliness made me want to puke.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    No.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s voice?

    Versatile. Interesting. Skilled


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The author's barely disguised hatred makes me sad.


    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Troy Clopton Magnolia KY, United States 03-25-13
    Troy Clopton Magnolia KY, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Super Marine and trash language."
    What would have made Semper Fi better?

    Super Marine and trash language. If you want to be offended and are just about comic book level of reading this book may be for you. Closest I can describe is Marine Soft Porn. I have nothing against the Military I am proud of our military and their dedication, but this is just the gutter level disgraceful portrayal of our veterans. Negative and depressing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

    Nope


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator is the only positive I really like Dick Hill's narration and he's the only reason I decided to try the book.


    What character would you cut from Semper Fi?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah don't listen with any children around.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12
    James orland park, IL, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Still a Great Story"
    Where does Semper Fi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Many years ago I read the entire Corps series. It is every bit as good in audio. I hope Audible will do the entire Series and bring its wonderful characters to life once again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Killer McCoy


    Any additional comments?

    As I mentioned earlier, I hope Audible brings this entire Series back to life.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15
    Sean Pinehurst, NC, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, Great series, horrible narrator."

    I read the first few books as they came out, and gave them to someone to read. Then a few years later bought them again, and re-read them. And bought the others as they were released.

    I love this time in US History, and the stories are great, if maybe a bit repetitive in the re-telling of the prior books.

    Eric G Dove does The Brotherhood of War series, and does a great job. Dick Hill is pretty bad. I am not sure if he has a speech impediment, ESL, or if it is something else. He sounds like a drunken version of Yogi Bear impersonating Colonel Klink from Hogan's Heroes. Every statement is emotional and passionate! He describes a bathroom with unbelievable passion. The description of a hat is an incredible experience. No one in these books has any control of their emotions. That does not seem like the military I know. I love these books and am very disappointed with the narration. I will not buy any more of them.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13
    Mike AMARILLO, TEXAS, United States 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Sorry, but I was very disappointed!!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read this series and listened to it in the distant past. I have also read and listened to the Brotherhood of War series in the distant past. I just completed listening to the Brotherhood of War again. Coming back to these stories is like going back home after many years to see old friends. They are "comfortable" stories for me. If you are looking for the big picture with regard to politics and history, these are not it. But W.E.B. Griffin does a stellar job describing all the little details like weapons, equipment, gear, and nomenclature. And how all of these things play into a soldier's everyday life. He also develops characters very well. I think that most men that have been around the military have met someone that makes you think of one of Griffin's characters.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    After reading all of the other reviews, I realize that I stand alone in my opinion. And I mean absolutely NO disrespect to Mr. Hill. But I think that the producers did a very poor job of choosing Mr. Hill for this particular series. I think he is perfect for many other novels, but not these. I have been around many Marines, but none that sound the way he does. A man with a soft spoken, almost effeminate, New Joisy accent is "Killer" McCoy?? Really?? I know that McCoy came from New Jersey, but not everyone from there speaks that way. He joined the Marines out of high school at about 17. Most young men at that age take on the speech characteristics of those around them. Also, I am spoiled. The last time I listened to The Corps, one of the books was read by Gerald McRaney (I think - I have been unable to locate that anywhere). At the time, I remember thinking - this narrator sounds like a Marine. It made it much more enjoyable for me. Sorry if I've offended anyone, especially Mr. Hill, because I have really enjoyed some of the other narrations that he has done. I just didn't think this was a good fit for him, and that's not his fault.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12
    Christopher Warsaw, IN, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Series"

    This is a great series of books. Historical fiction is not always very good. W.E.B. Griffin is the exception to that. Enjoy!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Golfnut3567 Mesa, AZ, United States 05-20-16
    Golfnut3567 Mesa, AZ, United States 05-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "anything he writes is great."

    As a former marine this story really hit home. great story, well read thank you

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    Daniel 05-09-16
    Daniel 05-09-16
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    "Semper Fi. until the day i die."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This give a great history of the Marine Corps before and during World War II


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seamed like things that happened in the 1930's and 1940's in the Corps still happen today.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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