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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (589 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Thomas Narrator: George Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Based on oral histories, diaries, correspondence, and post-war testimony from both American and Japanese participants, Evan Thomas provides an almost cinematically suspenseful account not only of the great culminating sea battle and the Pacific naval war, but of the contrasting cultures pitted against each other.

The book focuses on four naval commanders, two American, two Japanese, whose lives collided at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944 - a clash involving more ships (almost 300), more men (nearly 200,000) and covering a larger area (more than 100 thousand square miles, roughly the size of the British Isles) than any naval battle in recorded history. Sea of Thunder is the story of the titanic and grotesque cultural misunderstanding between people who consistently misjudged and underestimated each other. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Gerald | 2/18/2014

    " I bought a hardcover copy of "Sea of Thunder" in my home city of Quezon in the Philippines for just the equivalent of 4 dollars, and it is an excellent read. I am a Filipino, so it was amazing to read of this great battle that happened in Philippine waters. It was thrilling to read of the Japanese invaders annihilated, as my country was liberated from this terrible oppression. The Japanese navy was virtually wiped out in these naval battles. The liberation of the Philippines was thanks to American and Filipino efforts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Brantley | 2/11/2014

    " New infomation on the Japanese side of the naval battles of WW2. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davidson | 2/7/2014

    " Another of the "crossover" history books that seek to integrate narrative form with historical research, Thomas lays out in simplified terms the scope of the Pacific naval theater in World War II. As is typical for this brand of book, there are no footnotes and depth is sacrificed deliberately to maintain narrative flow. An interesting read, but ultimately adds little to the current field of naval history in World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rdmcguire | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting way the author got into the heads of the major players of this great sea battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harvey | 12/14/2013

    " A very readable history of the Sea War in the Pacific. One of the Commanders featured is Elizabeth;s own Admiral William "Bull' Halsey, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorne | 11/29/2013

    " Really interesting if you enjoy biographies, or military history. Profiles and follows the 4 main naval commanders of the Pacific theater in WWII. Evenhanded in showing the cultural prejudices of all involved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Thonnings | 11/23/2013

    " Wonderful book! Full of insight into this battle and the main characters. I learned quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rowan | 9/13/2013

    " Really well written historical book...reading this I learned a lot about modern naval warfare "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Norton | 9/11/2013

    " Interesting, well-written and researched. The recollections by those who were present at the battles was the most interesting part of the book - you wished there were more, although that wasn't the kind of book it was intended to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 6/16/2013

    " 4 commanders and the last great naval campaign - review of 4 different naval leaders leading into the battle of Laytee gulf. Interesting portrayal of cultural differences between us and Japan, lots of bad decisions in hindsight, and the difficulty in communicating during war operations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/13/2013

    " A quick read, but one that probes deeply into the character and motivations of the fleet commanders leading up to, through and beyond the Battle of Leyte Gulf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Thillmann | 1/15/2013

    " Wow, what an excellent analysis of the naval action in the Pacific in WWII. Not only a good historical read but also one that kept me turning pages until late in the evening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/15/2012

    " This book, "Sea of Thunder" gave a well written account of the The Battle of Leyte Gulf and the four admirals: - two American, Admiral William Halsey and Commander Earnest Evans and two Japanese Admirals; Kurita and Ugaki. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bartow | 10/5/2012

    " I like this book because it gives a view of the personalities and their mindset. Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/2/2012

    " I have read several books on this battle, and none of them gave any thought to the commanders of this monumental moment in history. A fantastic read to get insight into these key players in the LAST great naval battle in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Taylor | 2/25/2012

    " A well-written and well-researched look at the Battle of Leyete Gulf. Not authoratative, but a superb introduction to the battle which can lead to further reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P.e.lolo | 1/27/2012

    " This book was good because Mr.Thomas was able through letters and interveiws get a point of veiw from the other side. How the navy felt helpness but still fought.A very good book about WW11.I also liked the part aboutcommander Evans, not many people knows what he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/28/2011

    " This book, "Sea of Thunder" gave a well written account of the The Battle of Leyte Gulf and the four admirals: - two American, Admiral William Halsey and Commander Earnest Evans and two Japanese Admirals; Kurita and Ugaki. Highly recommend.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 8/8/2010

    " I have read several books on this battle, and none of them gave any thought to the commanders of this monumental moment in history. A fantastic read to get insight into these key players in the LAST great naval battle in history.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/1/2010

    " A quick read, but one that probes deeply into the character and motivations of the fleet commanders leading up to, through and beyond the Battle of Leyte Gulf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harvey | 6/25/2009

    " A very readable history of the Sea War in the Pacific. One of the Commanders featured is Elizabeth;s own Admiral William "Bull' Halsey, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 6/23/2009

    " 4 commanders and the last great naval campaign - review of 4 different naval leaders leading into the battle of Laytee gulf. Interesting portrayal of cultural differences between us and Japan, lots of bad decisions in hindsight, and the difficulty in communicating during war operations. "

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About the Author
Author Evan ThomasEvan Thomas is the author of nine books: The Wise Men (with Walter Isaacson), The Man to See, The Very Best Men, Robert Kennedy, John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, The War Lovers, Ike’s Bluff, and Being Nixon. John Paul Jones and Sea of Thunder were New York Times bestsellers. Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years (1986–96) as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. He wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s fifty-thousand-word election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner of a National Magazine Award), and 2008. He has appeared on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and The Colbert Report, and has been a guest on PBS’s Charlie Rose more than forty times. The author of dozens of book reviews for The New York Times and The Washington Post, Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.
About the Narrator

George Wilson (1927–2014) received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1949 from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He was an author and former Washington Post reporter who covered the military from the perspective of soldiers crawling in the mud and from the offices of decision-makers in Washington, and who played a notable role in the Pentagon Papers case.