Russell Crenshaw's riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers listeners a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle. Drawing on his experience as a gunnery officer in the USS Maury, Crenshaw's vivid, balanced, and detailed narrative includes the Battle of Tassafaronga in November 1942 and Vella Gulf in August 1943, actions that earned his warship a Presidential Unit Citation and sixteen battle stars. Crenshaw also discusses the impact of radar and voice radio, the shortcomings of U.S. torpedoes and gunfire, and the devastating effectiveness of Japan's super torpedo.
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The first guy is fairly accurate
I'm sure the narrator is a very nice person and didn't cost the publisher too much. I won't say awful, but in a book from the Naval Press, you should know how to pronounce "forecastle." It's not Fore Castle. Oh well. As for the story, eh, it wasn't really a story; it was a recitation of events, more like someone reading a log book. If you want a story, opt for Pacific Crucible or Neptune's Inferno.
South Pacific Destroyer
Unfortunately, the narrator was not familiar with naval terminology or pronounciation. Apparently does not know how to pronounce Irish last names, either. Some of the falsetto voices the narrator attempted when trying to read quotes were laughable. I expected more from the Naval Insititute Press. The story would have been better with a better narrator.
Great story....Awful narrator. Awful!