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This is a well written and narrated account of war in the pacific following Pearl Harbour (Harbor) up to the atomic bomb. It is a balanced account highlighting US mistakes and internal politics alongside successes. Apart from the continual use of the word 'However' and many comparisons to the American civil war which seem out of place I would thoroughly recommend this book to anybody who wishes to know about war in the pacific. Fascinating.
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Brooks account of the various battles in the Marianas is compelling and well researched. And very readable. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Pacific campaigns.
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
It was a more in-depth look at the invasions and the fact that Adm King focused on the Marianas early on in the war. It is pretty disjointed in the beginning. There is not much about the individuals involved in the fighting. The book talks about them and their situations, but not much about any one. You need stamina to get through the whole book.
What aspect of Peter Ganim’s performance would you have changed?
He is pretty monotone in the beginning. He got better as time went on, or I got more used to it.
Was Hell Is Upon Us worth the listening time?
Yes, if you need in-depth information about these invasions, though you will be tempted to quit listening.
Any additional comments?
The pronunciation of the town and geographic names on Saipan is atrocious. I don't know if this is due to the narrator or the author. If it is from the author, he might have used a Japanese map. Its not anything you might notice unless you lived there, but it drove me nuts.