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Battle Cry

By: Leon Uris
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Battle Cry is the riveting Marine epic by the bestselling author of such classics as Trinity and Exodus

Originally published in 1953, Leon Uris’s Battle Cry is the raw and exciting story of men at war from a legendary American author. This is the story of enlisted men - Marines at the beginning of World War II. They are a rough-and-ready tangle of guys from America’s cities and farms and reservations. Led by a tough veteran sergeant, these soldiers band together to emerge as part of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. With staggering realism and detail we follow them into intense battles - Guadalcanal and Tarawa - and through exceptional moments of camaraderie and bravery, Battle Cry does not extol the glories of war, but proves itself to be one of the greatest war stories of all time.

©1953 Leon M. Uris (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Are heroic exploits of the US Marines exaggurated?

This novel does not portray men in a very good light (from a female's perspective, at least) - excessive drinking, gambling, smoking and womanising are depicted as being normal, and acceptable. The majority of males may find it entertaining but this does not make the behaviour acceptable, especially in today's society.
Further, I couldn't stomach some of the heroic exploits, which I found to be simply unbelievable. Too gung-ho for my taste.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-2019

The narrator ruined it for me.

The book is amazing, the narrator is terrible. I would recommend reading this book yourself.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2019

Not my cup of tea

struggled to finish and eventually gave up. to slow and boring for me. unfortunately I couldn't return it

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  • Jonathan
  • 10-05-2019

could not get through it

I'm a big Leo Uris fan... but this was terrible. Bad story, cliche and unbelievable characters... and one of the worst narrators I've ever heard.

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  • Dennis McManaman
  • 16-04-2019

painful, excruciatingly painful.... Horrible voice

Cannot endure enough of the "voice" to make a determination of the overall story. An added negative is that the story jumps about with no rhyme or reason leaving the listener to "guess".
I need to return this drivel.

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  • kimberly n. abrams
  • 08-02-2020

Ok performance

I understand a man reading a woman’s voice must be a bit tough, but this guy made all the women characters sound like bad drag queens - that, and his horrible New Zealand accent. He would have been better off just reading them in an American accent.

Regardless, the story was entertaining and detailed, as are all Leon Uris books.

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  • Barryviola
  • 07-01-2020

Great Book

I started to read this book while I was an enlisted man in the marine corps back in the late 80s and into the late 90s. I never finished it. Until now. Well worth the wait. I really enjoyed this book. Semper Fi

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  • Candace Simar
  • 22-11-2019

loved it

exceptional read! if you love the history of ww2 you will love this book. a must read.

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  • Patrick
  • 23-03-2019

Another hut by Leon Uris.

Battle Cry was an excellent read and of a high Caliber. In the same vein as Exodus and Mila 18.