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No Surrender

My Thirty-Year War
Narrated by: Lane Nishikawa
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (200 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the Spring of 1974, 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine army and police, hostile islanders, and eventually successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and waiting for the day when his fellow soldiers would return victorious.

This first-person account of those years of evading capture and trying to stay alive is filled with drama, tension, and excitement.Readers learn about Onoda's early life, his training as an intelligence officer, and his final assignment to the Philippine island of Lubang. When American forces take over the island, he retreats into the mountains and life becomes a constant battle against the elements as well as the enemy.

The description of his selfless dedication to a cause allows us a rare glimpse of the invincible spirit of the human being, and his ingenuity in adapting to primitive surroundings is a commentary on man's resourcefulness. Even after the Japanese forces surrender or are killed, courage and conviction allow him and his few comrades to continue until he alone returns to civilization.

A soldier who fought and survived the war's longest, loneliest battle, Onoda became a hero to his people and his account of events, first published in Japan in 1974 and in English in 1975, has enjoyed an approving audience ever since.

©1974 Kodansha International Ltd (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-13-14

An incredible story!

I remembered hearing about “hold out” Japanese soldiers in my youth, so I knew I had to read this once I saw it. I’m glad I did.

The story is simply amazing. Such single minded purpose and dedication is frightening and gives good insight into the culture that existed in the Japan of that era. Also amazing is the psychological aspect of the story. Mans ability for self delusion and paranoia are brought to the forefront in this story.

One aspect which disappointed was that the author glossed over or failed to mention the numerous islanders he and his band killed over the 40+ years “at war”. Obviously they were in a war mindset, but the fact that these killings are omitted for the most part indicate to me a knowledge and decided effort to avoid the dark side of this amazing story.

The narrator was very well matched, and made the story feel as if the author himself was telling it.

This book is a must for anyone interested in a unique event of the past century, or for anyone wondering what someone must be thinking when they are able to maintain a bloody minded focus for 40 or more years in the jungle.

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Fascinating

What did you love best about No Surrender?

I had wanted to read this for years and was really excited to see it has been made into an audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Surrender?

This story held me for the whole six and half hours. It was fascinating but frustrating to listen to. Hiroo's stubborness makes you want to scream.

Which character – as performed by Lane Nishikawa – was your favorite?

It was great that the reader was also japanese. It brought Hiroo's story to life.

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great tale

a wild true story. wish it would have talked more about him afterwards. it really shows how far one person can push themself to find answers where there are none. it jumps dates a bit so it's really crazy to think about being there for 30 years. that's 3 years longer than I have been alive

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Quick but godd

What a very interesting look at this era from a different perspective. I thought it was a bit quick b and would have liked a tad more detail but what an amazing story. An interesting look at a very different cultural perspective from what we are accustomed to today. We worth the read.

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wow

just wow, his justification for fighting all those years gives insight to how this all happened.
great narrator.

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excellent

the reader of this book did a very realistic job. I'm extremely impressed with it. I have wanted to read this book for a long time . I was not dissatisfied

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Great Inspiration and lessons

This is one of the greatest biographical pieces I have read in a while. The storytelling approach makes it sound like a true elder telling his life experience to the newer generation

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Sometimes you SHOULD surrender!!

This book serves as prime example on how NOT to live your life.

Rather than being exciting, the story is insanely frustrating. It's like watching Chinese water tourture: Slow and pointless breakdown. You know how it all ends, you already know what the facts are, so hearing how Hiroo Onoda turns every information he receives on its head to fit the paranoid fantasy he's built up over many years is just so goddamn irritating.
Can't say it doesn't remind me of the grim political landscape of today.

Onodas sense of duty stems from a combination of misplaced loyalty to country (mind you - a country he has been in service of for more years than he has actually lived there, and doesn't seem to be particular eager to get back to), brainwashed idealism, illusions of grandure (he thinks the enemy is dropping fake leaflets from planes and prints years of fake newspapers just to capture him?) and institutionalization (I suspect), he fights for a cause that is not. His "war" amounts to nothing else than wasted years, being a nuisance to honest farmers for years.

But most frustrating of all is the questions: "What was it all for?", "Do you regret the way you wasted your life?" "How fucking stupid do you feel?" These questions most essential to the whole story Onoda finally asks at the very end of the book AND THEN THE BOOK ENDS WITHOUT ANY ANSWERS rendering this a narrative of events and not a single self reflection. Fuck that.

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Too crazy to make up.

I really enjoyed this book.

My only complaint is the narrators voice. It came off a little like an imitation of an asian voice.

I would recommend this to any history buff.

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Amazing story of resolve and commitment.

This story is an amazing example of a true soldier loving his motherland and duty.

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  • Chaoslu
  • 07-27-18

Very interesting

if you have ever heard of Onoda Hiroo and thought what whent through his head? how did he do it?
than you should go buy this book.

if you never heard of Onoda he was stationed on an island fighting and surging ,thinking WW2 still going on 30 years after it had ended.

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  • James Mahoney
  • 12-08-18

It was ok...

Interesting material, fighting a war that ended 30 years beforehand. The narrator was good, the retelling of events clear and concise. Overall the book was alright, just don't expect action packed behind enemy lines stuff.