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No Surrender

My Thirty-Year War
Narrated by: Lane Nishikawa
Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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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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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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  • hfgf
  • 05-07-2020

Amazing book

It was a very VERY good book.
It was extremely well executed throughout the book.
A very gripping story that kept you wanting to come back.

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  • Alex Braunberger
  • 22-02-2020

An Honorable Foe's Devotion to Duty

I first leaned about this incredible man from badassoftheweek.com, but I didn't catch that the man had written his story. Upon first hearing that he did not surrender until 30 years after he first came to the island, I wondered why he had not killed himself as many of his contemporaries had when faced with defeat in their perverse interpretation of Bushido. Some may call it blind-obedience to orders. I call it devotion to duty.

The narrator did a wonderful job indicating the events of the book. He had the stoic, yet emotional voice that one would expect from a World War II Japanese soldier.

I highly recommend this audible book for those who want see a different perspective of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

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  • Hassan A. Mansouri
  • 24-11-2019

What an unbelievable story!

loved it. it is an absolutely amazing book. Really am unbelievable and astonishing book. a must read

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  • AmeliaJane
  • 16-10-2019

Finally Makes Sense

This book is an incredibly moving narrative and sets the final pieces of why the last Japanese soldier kept fighting. Also listen to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History of the era to get the best understanding of this phenomenon. Enjoy!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-2019

one of the best books I've ever read

An incredible story about of the human mind and the absolute absence and impossibility of the concept of truth, told from the standpoint of an absolutely lucid man who kept on fighting a non-existent war for 30 years.

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  • Basem Aggad
  • 09-08-2019

Sartling & chilling account from a personal memoir

This could otherwise be am insignificant memoirs of a soldier during a war.. but his account, having been documented day by day over s period of 30 years in which he bubbled himself into an imaginary world that justified his commitment to a dated mission that eventually became self serving objective. near Free from postmortem perspective and hindsight opinions, it was a rollercoaster of emotions and personal involvement through the events that transpired.

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  • Flynn
  • 26-06-2019

Emotional and insightful

This book started out fascinating, learning of how Hiroo and others were trained and the orders they were given, and quickly transitioned into an emotional story of a tenacious man who gave his all for his country- 30 years and his closest friends.

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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.