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Voices of the Pacific

Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II
Written by: Adam Makos
Narrated by: Tom Weiner
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: History, Americas

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Publisher's Summary

Chronicling the United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific theater of operations, Voices of the Pacific presents the true stories of heroism and honor as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R. V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum - whose exploits were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific - and their marine buddies from the legendary First Marine Division.

Following 15 marines from the Pearl Harbor attack and intense boot camp training through battles with the Japanese on Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa to their return home after V-J Day, Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton have compiled an oral history of the Pacific War in the words of the men who fought on the front lines. With unflinching honesty, these marines reveal harrowing accounts of combat with an implacable enemy, the friendships and camaraderie they found - and lost - and the aftermath of the war’s impact on their lives.

With unprecedented access to the veterans and unpublished memoirs, Makos and Brotherton have forged Voices of the Pacific into an incredible historic record of American bravery and sacrifice.

©2013 Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

“These are the true - and terrifying - stories of combat marines struggling against a fanatical enemy on the far-flung islands of the Pacific. A powerful new book.” (Dale Dye, military advisor for  Band of Brothers and  The Pacific)
“A fantastic, deeply moving collection of stories told by the men who were actually there.” (Alex Kershaw,  New York Times best-selling author)
“Imagine a last conversation with your father or grandfather who fought in World War II, only this time he tells you the stories he always held back. That’s  Voices of the Pacific.” (Larry Alexander,  New York Times best-selling author)

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  • Chuck D
  • 2019-06-24

Excellent anecdotes and wonderful narration

This book is essentially what would happen if someone recorded your grand-dad and his war buddies sitting around the table telling war stories. It's a collection of anecdotes and perspectives organized logically around several of the major campaigns fought by the Marine Corps in the Pacific: Guadalcanal, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. Sometimes brutal, sometimes funny, but always very personal and very raw.

Additionally, Tom Weiner does a fantastic job bringing the storytellers to life. His narrations is lively, adept, and well-acted. Somehow, he manages to keep each of the characters separate and distinct, and in this type of book, that's no small feat.

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  • Susan
  • 2017-07-04

A fantastic book

A fantastic book. Every American needs to read or listen to this book.
There is not enough taught about the war with theJapanese. This history must be preserved and passed on to new generations. This book does an excellent job of telling the stories of these Marine veterans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-24

Touching, poignant, stirring vignettes & memories.

I read a lot of WWII memoirs, but this set of dovetailed stories, in the words of those who lived them, brings perspective and detail to what I knew. At the same time, each vignette, each small memory, is a witness to the shared bigger story. It is wrenching and thrilling, grevious and glorious, as only the stories of individual but interrelated acts of courage, trauma, fear, heroism, loss, and victory can be.

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  • Joseph Kelly
  • 2018-07-27

Interesting

I believe this book would have been a lot better if it was put into a story format instead of an interview by each individual although I didn’t joyed listening to the book I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was a story and not an interview

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-06-03

Wonderful

Fascinating. Hits one very hard...One of those books that puts your life into perspective.

Reading was quite good, with a different voice actor for each person.

Will be listening to it again.

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  • Johnny
  • Tallapoosa, GA, United States
  • 2015-04-06

Narrator of a Thousand Voices!

Top notch audio book! I was engrossed in the soldiers' stories, and amazed by all the great voices of the narrator! Great book! I loved it, and highly recommend it!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-31

Voices of the past that must not be forgotten.<br />

Along with the TV show "The Pacific" and books by Sledge and Lecke you can get a great feel for the horrors of war.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-13

Stories that needed telling

In the first chapter, the author tell you this book was written as if you came down to the dinner table and your grandpa and war buddies were there reminiscing. This is exactly what this book does, the stories and experiences in this book needed told. Once again Adam Makos gets the job done. From a millennial, ( unfortunately) to the Greatest Generation, Thank YOU

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  • Pennanna
  • 2019-06-22

Amazing

First hand account of the battles was absolutely unreal. The detail was so interesting. I learned a tremendous amount of things that you will never find on some history book.

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  • iPlaid
  • Allentown, PA USA
  • 2019-05-05

Concept is great and worth the read

The concept of capturing stories from WWII veterans directly is excellent, and I'm so glad that Adam Makos and the other participants of this book made it a reality. The treasure of this book is evident in capturing the experience of different soldiers in their own words. That alone makes this book a treasure. As far as entertainment, I would not say the content knocked off my socks. So if you don't have a lot of interest in WWII or the Pacific campaign, then this read is not for you. However, if you are an avid student of what happened and what it was really like for the heroes we actually lived it, then you will enjoy this book. I loved hearing the details that describe what daily life was like for these poor guys. The highlights of known battles and their outcomes are what most people seek, but I like to know what life was like most of the time for these guys, and this book does a great job of describing that. Excellent job!