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4.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 5 4.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chester Nez Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781452674988
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In the 1920s, growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation wasn't easy. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing. The New Mexico summers were hot and the winters harsh. But the beautiful mesas provided bountiful land on which to raise sheep and goats, and the Navajo celebrated their spiritual connection to nature.His name wasn't Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn't stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing gave him the strength-both physical and mental-to excel as a Marine.During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare-and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.Chester Nez is the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine code talkers-and this is his story. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You don’t need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir by Chester Nez and his coauthor Judith Schiess Avila, a code talker scholar.”

    Associated Press

  • A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation. Kirkus
  • “Nez’s fascinating memoir details…[keeping] US transmissions safe from the Japanese during WWII…Readers will be captivated by stories of Nez’s childhood and his days as a Marine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “From Guadalcanal through Bougainville to Peleliu, Nez relates a riveting tale of jungle combat and his personal struggle to adapt to civilian life following the most cataclysmic war in our nation’s history. Gripping in its narrative, Code Talker is history at its best.”

    Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, US Army, retired, coauthor of Beyond Band of Brothers

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 2/15/2014

    " This was a fascinating look into the history and details of the Navajo code talkers during WWII. I liked the fact that it was written by one of the original code talkers and that his voice came through during the whole story. It was also nice to learn more about the life of Navajos on the reservation,their experience with boarding schools and forced english training,and about their language in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lncropper | 2/2/2014

    " I really loved this book! It is a memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers. Even though it is hard to read about his war experiences, it is also inspiring. I absolutely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/17/2014

    " I had never heard of the Navajo Code Talkers during WWII until I visited Window Rock this past October. Nez's account is eye opening and explains many unanswered questions I had after my visit. I highly recommend- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vampire17 | 1/17/2014

    " I thought some parts of this book were boring, but some weren't. I guess you'll just have to read it to find out more! ; ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/14/2014

    " Code Talker is one of the best books I've read on the subject of the Navajo Code Talkers, not because it gives you lots of details on the subject, but because it's one of the few books written from the perspective of the Navajo Code Talker himself. These are the memories of 90-year-old man, and as such, some of the details are a bit sketchy or flawed, but you really get to see World War II through the eyes of a traditional Navajo. Where the book really shines is when Nez discusses how the ways of war conflicted with Navajo beliefs, and how his war experiences affected his life. Yes, it might have been nice if co-writer Judith Schiess-Avila would have added a bit more historical detail, but it's really unnecessary. Nez's voice and background really come through here, and the effect is like having a nice long talk with the man himself. Well-done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pjgould | 1/5/2014

    " Interesting and well written memoir of one of the original Navajo Code talkers of WW2. and the importance of their contribution to the Allied victory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare | 1/3/2014

    " This is an interesting and educational memoir. Worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/30/2013

    " The boarding school part was almost as scary as the combat parts. I haven't quite read it all, my son and husband are also reading it, and I'm not sure who has it stashed where. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie T | 12/19/2013

    " Great story. Amazing that they went to war for their country and they were not even allowed to vote at that time. I liked the sections where he is describing his childhood before boarding school of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/4/2013

    " I could have subtracted a star for some repetitiveness, but I found this story completely captivating. From early life on the reservation, to the inside peek at the code talkers and beyond, this was a story of patriotism and honor. Very inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/27/2013

    " A fascinating look at the life of an amazing man, and an education in a section of World War II that I kew only a little bit about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/14/2013

    " It's strange to think that this is the only memoir of a code talker. I'm glad that it was written. Also, the appendix has the complete code. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn Trlak-Donahue | 6/17/2013

    " This topic is fascinating and I certainly learned something from this book. Though, it could have been edited a bit. Parts were far too detailed and it was somewhat redundant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 5/28/2013

    " Read Chester's story to understand a world that is mostly gone, men who scarificed for a country that didn't value them as human beings and the dignity and grace we can all learn from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 3/8/2013

    " Really enjoyed this. So glad one of these marines finally told his personal story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia Barry | 1/13/2013

    " Great story. For all of the ill treatment the Navajo people received by the U.S., their patriotism is incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose | 12/23/2012

    " I listened to this book on CD. It was absolutely fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 10/29/2012

    " Rita.. remember when we saw the Code Talkers in Albq? I felt honored to be in their presence. I think maybe the author of this book was there also and introduced them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 5/8/2012

    " It was good, but I wish there was a bit more about WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kammie | 4/18/2012

    " I loved learning about history in story form. The book made me realize that sometimes not-so-great times in our lives benefit us later in life with opportunities. Only a few inappropriate words for a war time book. Enjoyed seeing the actual code at the back of the book. "

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About the Author

Chester Nez is a World War II veteran who indispensably served his country as a Navajo code talker.

About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.