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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
This book needs professional editing of content and facts. It seems to scream "self-published". There is no sense of continuity because it is trying to weave together lots of tidbits of events and quotes from crewmen long after the fact. The constant attribution of every few words to a particular crewman is very disruptive. There is just no "storytelling" at all. It's as if someone had a pile of reports on movements, shore liberty and shells fired in action and tried to string that and some crew quotes into a book.
What was most disappointing about Steven George Bustin’s story?
The fact that there is NO story. There could have been. I don't doubt that this ship has a great and brave story of battles and individual heroism, but nothing comes to life in this book. Sadly it also contains numerous errors of fact and very little detail. The author apparently has no knowledge of ships, naval terms, or WWII history, and clearly made no attempt to acquire any or have someone that did review the manuscript. By contrast, Western author Max Brand managed to take many personal account interviews and facts and weave them into a good book, "Fighter Squadron at Guadalcanal." That's the difference between a professional writer/storyteller and the rest of us.
Which character – as performed by Mike Ortego – was your favorite?
There are characters? None of them was onstage for more than a sentence or two, and they changed constantly so the listener never really gets a feel for any particular member of the crew.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The narrator actually did a pretty good job, considering what he had to work with. Only a few things mispronounced, but they were not in English, so he did pretty well.
Any additional comments?
Between this book, "Submarine Commander" and "200,000 miles" I have learned my lesson about personal accounts of WWII naval history/experience. I'll get the paper copy from the library before I invest the time and money in audio versions. There are some great ones out there, but I now realize I got very lucky and picked some of the best early on.
My Dad was on the Nashville from its commission until late 1940. I really enjoyed the detail about the ship and crew. As My dad never talked about his pre-war and war experiences this was a great find for me. The narrator was excellent and the story very smoothly written. Will share with my family.
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