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  • Kokoda (by Paul Ham)

  • By: Paul Ham
  • Narrated by: Peter Byrne
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best treatment of a poorly known campaign outside

  • By Andrew on 30-04-2019

Best treatment of a poorly known campaign outside

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-2019

This is a very insightful and well researched book that covers the torrid conditions that faced a few militia that faced overwhelming until reinforced by seasoned Australian troops. What made it more amazing was the absolute disconnect and intelligence failure of those military commanders Australian and American who directed the battle who had no idea of what they asked these men to do.

Many years ago I knew a man from the 39th who fought on the track. He never spoke much of what it was like. I can not tell you how hearing this book markedly increased my respect for this man and men like him had to fight in this battle.

  • The Ember War

  • Publisher's Pack, Books 1-2
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The Ember War, book 1: The Earth is doomed. Humanity has a chance. In the near future, an alien probe arrives on Earth with a pivotal mission: to determine if humanity has what it takes to survive the impending invasion by a merciless armada. The probe discovers Marc Ibarra, a young inventor who holds the key to a daring gambit that could save a fraction of Earth's population. Humanity's only chance lies with Ibarra's ability to keep a terrible secret and engineer the planet down the narrow path to survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story with plausible tech...

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-07-2016

Enjoyable and gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of The Ember War to be better than the print version?

The audio book is exceptionally enjoyable and accessible when driving or relaxing while working around the house. With 2 Children it is not always easy to devote time a print version.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narration was excellent overall with good character vocal inflection. The only grating aspect is the Australian accent. As an Australian myself I find it over acted and hope I don't sound like that to others.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Phoenix from the embers

Any additional comments?

This is a great story without some of the over hyped military macho ism. The characters have more depth and frailty than is generally seen is this genre. All up a great plot, well executed. I will definitely work through the series.

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