- One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII
- Narrated by: Brian Troxell
- Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-11-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippines Airlines manager Pappy Gunn is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation.
Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific.
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By A. L. DeWitt on 11-15-16
You will love Pappy's story
Would you consider the audio edition of Indestructible to be better than the print version?
While the audio does not have the maps and other information, the story comes through loud and clear.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pappy Gunn dominated the story, as he should. It is his story. His feats of daring and airmanship are documented well in the story, and the author freely admits that what is myth and legend may be hard to separate from fact. But the story is simply riveting.
What does Brian Troxell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Brian was able to read the book without choking up, which I would have had trouble with. I had to dry my eyes more than once learning about the depredations that the Gunn family suffered in Santo Thomas. Having attended high school in the Philippines the setting was far more real to me than perhaps it would have been to other readers. Brian made the story come alive.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I had to ration this book, a few chapters every day, because otherwise I would have not gotten any work done over the week it took me to listen to the book. Bruning has done an exceptional job with this story, and I will be looking for other books from him because he is a master storyteller.
Any additional comments?
The best reason to get this book is to experience through the eyes of the author what real dedication and suffering look like. A man's allegiance to his orders at the cost of his own family, a family's willingness to hang together through an internment that cost them 40% of their body weight. It is good that the Battle of the Bismarck Sea comes earlier in the book than the full descriptions of the conditions at Santo Thomas. This book left me amazed that Japan could be forgiven after what it did to the innocents.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Nicole Piehl on 11-04-16
A gripping story of astounding human ability and endurance
The incredible drive and creativity of P. I. "Pappy" Gunn and the narrative of a modern thriller have been skillfully woven into a book that is impossible to put down. From the first page to the end note, it is a fascinating and compelling read. I recommend this book without reservation.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By JP on 06-03-18
This is probably a good story but from this narration it’s impossible to tell. The narrator sounds like he’s delivering a sombre speech and unfortunately I just couldn’t work through it. The story itself is intriguing but, it does leap about all over the place, easy listening it is not. Combined with the really awkward storytelling it’s a disappointing audiobook.