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Is there anything you would change about this book?
This is not really a good choice for an Audiobook. There are tons of small details about process and personalities and lots of players, but hard to keep track of them all, especially the IJN without a scorecard or something. I've read several books about this battle and things leading up to it and still had a hard time keeping this author's details straight in my head while listening.
What other book might you compare Storm over Leyte to and why?
It kept reminding me of "Shattered Sword" about the battle of Midway. Tons of small details and lots of Japanese names and places and process. Good if you are a student of history trying to really get a feel for the whole thing, but difficult to read more than a little at a time.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Ricard Ferrone?
Perhaps. This is a rather dry, detailed history, all written past tense, passive voice, so it's not fair to rate the narrator overall on this one piece.
Could you see Storm over Leyte being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Cannot imagine as film or TV. Would have to be a mini-series of 10-15 hours or so.
Any additional comments?
This book is really for the student of naval history, not for someone interested in the battles themselves. The battles take up only the last 1/4 of the book. "The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors" by James Hornfischer is much better on the battles and is good in print or audio. Even the Samuel Eliot Morison book "Leyte Gulf" is more interesting and accessible.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This could easily be a great book and a great listen. However, the author somehow managed to make one of favorite topics extremely dry, and then they topped it off by putting one of the most monotone and boring narrators I've ever heard to read it. Couldn't finish it. Literally the only audio book thats ever put me asleep at the wheel. Such a great topic turned out so terrible. Sad
3 of 3 people found this review helpful