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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leon Uris Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN:
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Two decades after the Civil War, first-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara, son of a legendary Marine and a force of a man in his own right, finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided. If he can help persuade the Secretary of the Navy that the Marines will be crucial to America's security in years to come, all the while hefting a heavy, secret weight in his heart, he'll save the Corps and make his career.

But there's an obstacle in his path that this warrior hadn't planned on. Amanda Blanton Kerr, the daughter of a ruthless industrialist, is on a mission of her own; passionate, obstinate, and whip-smart, she's an heiress poised to blaze a trail for all women.

O'Hara's Choice is the story of the inevitable collision of these two handsome, fighting spirits, in which getting their souls' desires could jeopardize everything they, and their parents before them, scraped and struggled to achieve.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/16/2014

    " There was alot of good information about how the Marine corp got started and ofcourse a very good story as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndie Decker | 2/2/2014

    " This was is not as polished as the others but he gets a pass because he died before it was complete. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gloria | 1/26/2014

    " I thought this would be a good one. I enjoyed Exodus, Trinity and Mila 18. This one wa rather boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 1/25/2014

    " This doesn't have the impact that Trinity or Exodus did, but it was a good read. Pretty easy to read, put down, then pick up when you had a little time and you didn't lose your place. It was the last book that Leon Uris wrote before he died in 2003, so I wanted to see where he would go for his last book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gordon | 1/24/2014

    " One of the worst books I've read in a long time. Full of stereotyped dialogue and ra-ra hype, with a dose of implausible foresight on the side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liam | 1/19/2014

    " Leon Uris was one of the greatest writers of historical fiction that ever lived. Even though it is not his best work, the present book was still absolutely spellbinding, and damned difficult to put down even to sleep at night. This was his last book; Mr. Uris died in June 2003, three months before it was published. Sadly, he apparently ran out of time and strength before he could finish it properly, which is easy to tell at the end for anyone familiar with his style. I would be willing to bet that he wrote this ending fairly early in the writing process, and put it in an envelope for his editor to open in case of his death before the book was finished. The thing that has always amazed me about Mr. Uris is that he was of East-European Jewish ancestry, yet he had a deeper understanding of the Irish soul and character than I would have imagined possible for any non-Irish person. The most interesting thing about this particular book, most of which is set in the late 1880s & early 1890s, is that the discussion about amphibious warfare provides a pseudo-historical foreshadowing of events during the mid-20th Century such as the development of the amphibious tractor, which in turn brings to mind the military career and writings of Victor J. Croizat, whose books are well worth reading in any case for a variety of reasons... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 1/11/2014

    " Bit of a soap opera, reads like a Harlequin Romance. Not up to the standard of his earlier works "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoy historical information combined with a story line. This is a great combination of that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith Wrinkle | 12/24/2013

    " Not my favorite Uris book, for sure.........but I did learn a bit, like always, and it kept my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/22/2013

    " An interesting read about how the Marines were formed - with a love story thrown in the middle. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick | 12/5/2013

    " Worst Leon Uris book ever!! Interesting history of the USMC but what a crazy ending. I wouldn't advise anyone to waste their time on this unless they are real Marine history buffs!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 11/29/2013

    " This was not bad. I might have liked it better with someone else reading it on the tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/17/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this one like I have many of his others "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 11/13/2013

    " This is a love story set in the late 1880's. Has an interesting parallel story about the Marine Corps' struggle to exist after the Civil War. I found it an enjoyable quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aric | 11/7/2013

    " I read this a long time ago. But I remember thinking it was the worst Leon Uris book I had read. But then I read A God in Ruins, which was also bad. I guess times changed, and so did the settings for his book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 9/23/2013

    " Really, really disappointing, and the plot twist at the end was contrived and poorly set up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Reid | 9/21/2013

    " I loved a lot of the books from Uris but this one is a lemon - I was so very disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/2/2013

    " Not as good as other books by Uris. Very strange ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 5/21/2013

    " Interesting book that takes place in the late 1800's. Good character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 5/19/2013

    " i have so many great memories of reading leon uris's books. This book was so booring, i have to admit that i only read about 1/2 of it - and that was too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matthew | 5/14/2013

    " I enjoyed the history parts when it talked about the Marine Corps. The rest of the story was only ok. A little bit to much mushy drama for me and a terrible ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 5/9/2013

    " An interesting look at the beginning of the Marine Corp. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 3/5/2013

    " I loved Exodus, Trinity, and the Haj, and pretty much everything else I had read by Uris, so I had big expectations about this book. Very disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 12/15/2012

    " Leon Uris has written some genius books, but this isn't one of them. It starts as a promising historical fiction dealing with the formation of the US marine corp, but soon descends into a turgid and pointless romance novel. At that point I gave up too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeri | 6/28/2012

    " I hadn't even realized that Leon Uris was still writing when this one came out. It was mildly interesting, but a letdown compared to my memory of earlier novels such as EXODUS and QB VII, which were riveting. The "big" ending and the "big" romance both fell flat with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Morgan | 6/24/2012

    " A good read. Nothing special unless you are a Marine, from Rhode Island or Maryland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene Basore | 2/7/2012

    " Tells the history of the Marine Corps with a love story thrown into the mix. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/15/2011

    " This is not Uris's best book, But, it is his last and for that I am sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 4/24/2011

    " Interesting book that takes place in the late 1800's. Good character development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/4/2011

    " This was not bad. I might have liked it better with someone else reading it on the tape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 2/6/2011

    " Not my favorite Uris book, for sure.........but I did learn a bit, like always, and it kept my interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck | 6/24/2010

    " A history of the Marine Corps beginning with the Civil War. Good
    premise but the writing is choppy and hard to follow. The dialogue
    became so sappy that I quit before finishing. Uris has fallen far.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 4/28/2010

    " i have so many great memories of reading leon uris's books. This book was so booring, i have to admit that i only read about 1/2 of it - and that was too much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gloria | 6/24/2009

    " I thought this would be a good one. I enjoyed Exodus, Trinity and Mila 18. This one wa rather boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 5/16/2009

    " Bit of a soap opera, reads like a Harlequin Romance. Not up to the standard of his earlier works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 4/23/2009

    " There was alot of good information about how the Marine corp got started and ofcourse a very good story as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/3/2009

    " An interesting read about how the Marines were formed - with a love story thrown in the middle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2009

    " This is not Uris's best book, But, it is his last and for that I am sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/28/2008

    " I just couldn't get into this one like I have many of his others "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 11/12/2008

    " I enjoy historical information combined with a story line. This is a great combination of that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 9/16/2008

    " Really, really disappointing, and the plot twist at the end was contrived and poorly set up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 6/11/2008

    " An interesting look at the beginning of the Marine Corp. "

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About the Author
Author Leon Uris

Internationally acclaimed novelist Leon Uris ran away from home at age seventeen, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to join the Marine Corps, and he served at Guadalcanal and Tarawa. His first novel, Battle Cry, was based on his own experiences in the Marines, which he revisited in his final novel, O'Hara's Choice. His other novels include the bestsellers Redemption, Trinity, Exodus, QB VII, and Topaz, among others. Leon Uris passed away in June 2003.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.