The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries. James Badge Dale (who portrayed Robert Leckie) and Joseph Mazello (who played Eugene Sledge) bring all the passion and emotion of their riveting television performances to these new audio productions.
With the Old Breed is a modern classic of military history AND has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read," by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E. B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge's experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.
On Peleliu and Okinawa, the action was extremely fierce. Amidst oppressive heat and over land obliterated by artillery shells, the combat raged ferociously. Casualties were extreme on both sides, and by the time the Americans had broken through at Okinawa, more than 62,000 Japanese soldiers were dead. Against military policy, Sledge scribbled notes and jammed them into his copy of the New Testament. Those notes form the backbone of what Navy Times said "has been called the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man."
BONUS AUDIO: Tom Hanks, one of the executive producers, has written and narrated an original introduction to With the Old Breed where he describes his appreciation for the book's author, the narrators, and the soldiers who had fought in the cauldron of the Pacific Theater during World War II.
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With the Old Breed
I liked this book a lot. The author really brings you into the universe of battle, to borrow a phrase. I've never read a war memoir that was so sharp on the details, from the "snapping" of enemy bullets to fat maggots in the mud at Okinawa. I read somewhere that the author kept notes (which were prohibited) but the level of detail is amazing. There is some repetition in some language (most NCOs and fellow marines are "respected" by the troops) but this probably comes from the author not being a professional writer. I shrugged it off, it was more than offset by the honesty in the writing and the details you don't often get about Americans in battle. The vocal performer was OK, there was occasionally some odd pacing and unexpected emphasis, but he sounded like a young marine would, I think.
Filled with so many details about the experience of war. Mkaes you really understand what it was like for soldiers in combat.
WITH THE OLD BREED
I have so been looking forward to this book. I bought it on 9/30/2014 and it downloaded in two parts. So far so good. Unfortunately even though they are labeled parts one and two they are both part two. I submitted a report to iTunes on 10/01/2014. I hope they clear this up and update the download so I can hear the entire book. Buyer beware.