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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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incredible story

simultaneously inspiring and saddening. fantastic narration and performance. if you ever wanted to know Hiro's story, this books is for you.

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Fantastic story, couldn’t spot listening

You definitely won’t regret the purchase , AMAZING!
What a story and life he lived! Must listen

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Never let this man's story be forgotten 🙂

I would like to stand up and applaud this man. And keep the applause going. A true hero to his country. He never sold out. He never surrendered. A man of his word.

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Amazing story

I loved every minute of this book. I was sad that it is over. This book gives myself a great sense of perspective in life when ever I feel like complaining about anything I just think of Hiro Oonada and say to myself "Shut up, stop winging"

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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.

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  • Erik
  • 13-04-2014

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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  • Dan
  • 20-01-2014

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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  • FATSHADOW
  • 25-08-2018

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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  • Matt
  • 19-09-2021

A Raw, Heartbreaking Tale of Duty and Delusion

In the past, I regarded this man’s story as an amusing oddity and little more. After reading his accounts, I realize I could not have been more ignorant of the truth.

Hiroo Onoda’s story is incredible as it is tragic. To read his thoughts, feelings and regrets is an experience I shall not soon forget.

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  • Tammy Rogers
  • 16-07-2021

Fascinating story of survival and rationalization.

fascinating Story of Survival and human rationalization. very san all the time he lost due to his fanaticism. Not mentioned in his book, his wikipedia page stated that Onoda killed 30 Philippine civilians during his time there.

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  • Richard Hamlett
  • 08-07-2021

Good but slow at times.

The story has a number of really exciting interesting parts but gets slow most of the time.
But if you are like me, you are probably already determined to hear this story if you are over here reading these reviews. To that I say do it. Its not an expensive buy and its worth your while. Just don't expect Stephen King levels of suspense through and through. Oh and the Narrator was pretty good definitely easy to listen to.

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  • William Bays
  • 03-07-2021

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Lt. Onoda your service will never be forgotten. I recommend any who serve or plan on it read his story.

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  • anon
  • 01-07-2021

get this book

wow, just wow. I just finished this book and I need to walk outside and think about my life or something. I cannot believe this actually happened

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  • Frank Banda
  • 30-06-2021

over committed

great story about a man survival during the post war. trapped in the Philippines and limited on supplies, he is able to overcome years of turmoil from "his enemies" and the every changing weather. great story of survival and endurance

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-2021

Excellent

This is a fascinating book. There are times were you wonder if onada has schizophrenia but then you realize that he wrote complex book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-2021

Fascinating!

This was a very well written and narrated audiobook about a very fascinating subject. The history in itself was very interesting, but the psychological aspects of the situation were utterly fascinating. I was surprised to find out that Hiroo Onoda didn't really meet my preconceived notion of a fanatical Japanese WW2 soldier, although there certainly was aspects of that in him as well, but much less than in many other soldiers of the time, so it was even more fascinating to hear what was going thorough his head while he stayed on "fighting" for 29 years after the end of WW2. I would recommend this to anyone interested in WW2 history but also for anyone interested in human psychology.

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  • Aaron Roper
  • 29-03-2021

amazing read

Great story told by an authentic sounding reader/presenter. essential reading for anyone looking for an insight into the Japanese soldier of ww2.

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  • Naser
  • 01-01-2021

wow!!!!

I've listened to this over two days. what an absolutely insane story. you couldn't make this up. absolutely gripping.

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  • Myles Hacker
  • 15-07-2020

Worth every minute!

Amazing story, well worth a listen. Great to hear this soldier time though the war.

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  • Wickman
  • 17-06-2020

An intriguing tale

Great narrator, the story is incredible. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Japanese WWII holdouts

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  • Chaoslu
  • 27-07-2018

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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