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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Colton Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781400187997
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Their names were Bob Palmer, Gordy Cox, Tim McCoy, and Chuck Vervalin, and in 1941, when they joined the navy, they were not trying to prove their patriotism—they were just looking for a job that would provide "three hots and a cot." But on April 22, 1943, the war took a terrible turn for them. While on patrol deep in enemy waters, their submarine, the USS Grenadier, was torpedoed and sent crashing to the ocean floor. Listed as lost in action and given up for dead, all four had in fact miraculously escaped the ship, only to be captured by the Japanese. The four men spent the next two and a half years as POWs, enduring barbaric torture and starvation, unable to communicate with their wives and families. When they were freed, they were forced to find a new kind of resilience as they struggled to resume their lives in a world that seemed to have forgotten them. In Bob's case, it would be more than thirty years before he was reunited with the love of his life—the wife who had left him for a well-bred naval officer after he came back from the war. By turns panoramic and intimate, No Ordinary Joes shows us, through the lives of four "ordinary" men who endured extraordinary circumstances, the tragedy of war and its aftermath, and the restorative power of love. Download and start listening now!

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  • This meticulously researched and thoroughly well-written book adds much to the literature of the WWII generation. Booklist

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dona | 9/25/2013

    " Can not say enough good things about this book. What a wonderful insight into some true heros. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maryann | 6/20/2013

    " Gripping story about 4 submariners in WWII. Graphically written, it takes the reader into the American POW camps in Japan, illustrating what some sailors endured, and how they coped later in life. A fascinating historical account of this one part of WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick | 2/13/2013

    " Excellent book in every way! Somewhat similar in theme to "Unbroken" by Laura HIllenbrand. If you liked that one, you'll love this one. Check it out. It's really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Dolen | 10/8/2012

    " Excellent book giving insight to life as a POW during WWII in Japan. Also, interesting story of the inpact upon their lives as it pertained to both the lives they left in the states and Australia and the reality they return to..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A Smith | 6/7/2012

    " Honest, inspiring & depressing. The cost of freedom. In the face of true danger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 6/5/2012

    " Essentially, this is the biography of 4 sailors whow served on the same sub in WWII, which was sunk and the sailors captured. It carries through until the book was finally published. And it doesn't pull any punches about the challenges that occurred in these sailor's lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 1/16/2012

    " True story of submarine and pow camp of Japan. Didn't like the end, but you might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz Evans | 7/20/2011

    " Such a good read ... four young men end up on the same submarine during WWII, and end up as POW's of the Japanese. So hard to read, but makes me proud to be an American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/2/2011

    " Very interesting as it shares their lives as children, why they joined the service, during the service and afterward. A different perspective on WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/12/2011

    " Excellent book giving insight to life as a POW during WWII in Japan. Also, interesting story of the inpact upon their lives as it pertained to both the lives they left in the states and Australia and the reality they return to..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dona | 1/27/2011

    " Can not say enough good things about this book. What a wonderful insight into some true heros. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 1/6/2011

    " Such a good read ... four young men end up on the same submarine during WWII, and end up as POW's of the Japanese. So hard to read, but makes me proud to be an American. "

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About the Author
Larry Colton is the author of several notable works, including COUNTING COUP, GOAT BROTHERS, and NO ORDINARY JOES.. He has written for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times Magazine. A former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, Colton himself played in the Southern League in 1966 for a farm team in Macon, GA.
About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and seven-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, winning in 2011 and 2013. He is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects and has earned multiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.