Kokoda (by Paul Ham)

  • by Paul Ham
  • Narrated by Peter Byrne
  • 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II.
It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer ‘Greater East Asia’.
Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.


What the Critics Say

"If you read just one book about the Kokoda Track, this should be it." (Courier Mail)


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Customer Reviews

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Pulls no Punchs

This is an excellent coverage of a little know battle. The author plays a fair hand and spares nobody. The coverage is broad but the detail is there in the right places. The narrator has that great Australian accent that is both clear and easy on the ears.
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- daryl

Give it some time

At first, I found Kokoda a little awkward. The book opens with events out of chronological sequence and the narrator approximates a Japanese accent when reading quotes from Japanese sources. However, you soon begin to appreciate the author's willingness to use both Western and Australian sources and tell both sides of the story. The reading also grows on you as the work progresses and th narrator really does make excellent use of different Australian accents. The end result is an engrossing vocal performance and excellent well researched story.
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- R. Smith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2010
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd