Tears in the Darkness

Tears in the Darkness

[the Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath]

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2009
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For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, p2009
ISBN: 9781400161676
Branch Call Number: TB 940.547252 NOR NVD
Characteristics: 2 sound discs (17hr., 30 min.) : digital, ; 4 3/4 in


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May 09, 2018

This is definitely not my first foray into the subject, for over the years I've read upwards of 30 accounts, so I knew what I was in for. The one issue I've had is the chronology of this telling, I prefer a definite timeline. Even though I'm familiar with events by the time narration arrived at the ending (epilog) description the hair on my neck stood up & my throat ached. I knew of one ship filled with POWs that was torpedoed as they were being transported to another prison in Japan. What suffering.

Highly recommend this accounting.

Jan 21, 2013

When I first considered this audiobook I was hesitant. Anyone slightly familiar with the Bataan Death March knows that it's not exactly a pick me up story. But after reading the reviews I gave it a shot, and I don't regret it one bit. Yes, there are moments in the book that can be graphic and unpleasant, however, the authors do a superb job of transitioning into a positive subject directly afterwards. Which I found helped me b/c no one wants to hear so much of how people suffered to the point where you can't bear to read the book anymore. The authors blend each piece of the story nicely and write descriptions that are detailed, but they withhold it to the point that they know when the reader is saying "Ok, I get it, they suffered." If you liked "Unbroken", then you'll also enjoy this book as well. The narrator does an excellent job and I can say that now I'm a fan of his. Overall: Well written, easy to understand, not too gory, excellent narration, and definitely worth a read.

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