To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the navy´s beginnings under Henry VIII to the age of computer warfare and special ops, historian Arthur Herman tells the spellbinding tale of great battles at sea, heroic sailors, violent conflict, and personal tragedy - of the way one mighty institution forged a nation, an empire, and a new world. This P.S. edition features extra insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Curless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/009862/bk_reco_009862_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Completed after eight years of writing and research, Nicole Waybright´s memoir tells the true story of her coming-of-age struggles while deployed as an officer on a US Navy destroyer. With heartbreaking and fearless realism, the author chronicles the despair and psychological crisis that she experienced while yet in the early days of a five-year military obligation.Long Way Out, a narrative nonfiction work, is presented in graphic and historically accurate detail based on the author´s five years of (honorably discharged) service as a commissioned officer in the Surface Warfare (SWO) Navy, during the era of the first wave of women to be stationed aboard combatant ships. Alongside an account of the author´s turbulent psychological journey, Long Way Out reveals the tragic story of the notorious executive officer - the first woman in US history to command an Aegis destroyer and be stripped of command for ´´cruelty and maltreatment´´ of her crew - under whom the author served. TIME magazine later called this commander ´´the Female Captain Bligh.´´An unlikely turn of events finds the author with a radicalized self-understanding, committed to seeking self-awareness and courageously exploring ways to make her tour successful in the face of tremendous obstacles. Based in Jungian psychology. Includes details of topical issues within US Navy Surface Warfare (SWO) culture.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Kay Benson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/144166/bk_acx0_144166_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A gripping tale of exploration aboard H.M.S. Challenger, an expedition that laid the foundations for modern oceanography. From late 1872 to 1876, H.M.S. Challenger explored the world´s oceans. Conducting deep sea soundings, dredging the ocean floor, recording temperatures, observing weather, and collecting biological samples, the expedition laid the foundations for modern oceanography. Following the ship´s naturalists and their discoveries, earth scientist Doug Macdougall engagingly tells a story of Victorian-era adventure and ties these early explorations to the growth of modern scientific fields. In this lively story of adventure, hardship, and humor, Macdougall examines the work of the expedition´s scientists, especially the naturalist Henry Moseley, who rigorously categorized the flora and fauna of the islands the ship visited, and the legacy of John Murray, considered the father of modern oceanography. Macdougall explores not just the expedition itself but also the iconic place that H.M.S. Challenger has achieved in the annals of ocean exploration and science. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/017259/bk_tant_017259_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) was the third most powerful navy in the world at the start of World War II and came to dominate the Pacific in the early months of the war. This was a remarkable turnaround for a navy that only began to modernize in 1868, although defeats inflicted on the Russians and Chinese in successive wars at the turn of the century gave a sense of the threat the IJN was to pose. Bringing together for the first time material previously published in Osprey series books, and with the recorded material of the addition of new writing making use of the most recent research, this audiobook details the Japanese ships which fought in the Pacific and examines the principles on which they were designed, how they were armed, when and where they were deployed, and how effective they were in battle. A valuable reference source for Pacific War enthusiasts and historians, The Imperial Japanese Navy in the Pacific War provides a history of the IJN´s deployment and engagements, analysis of the evolution of strategy and tactics, and finally addresses the question of whether it truly was a modern navy, fully prepared for the rigors of combat in the Pacific. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Barrett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011378/bk_tant_011378_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
These are the first Navy SEALs - learn the stories of their fearless courage in WW2. Hollywood tends to have a romantic vision of the way war works. War is hell. This book takes a look at one aspect that has gained little attention in the modern age, the Underwater Demolition Teams, also known as the UDT. The brave men that signed up for these early teams faced real dangers that many of the modern Special Forces teams face, without much of the equipment that is carried. For many of them it was a death sentence. These were the first Navy SEALs. Find out about the early pioneers in the field from Italy. While the Italians were not on the Allied side in WWII, their ideas paved the way for other countries to develop their own teams. Italy had a different method that included torpedoes. UDT’s weren’t just all about blowing things up. They also played a vital role in recon missions. Sneaking onto beaches and landing sites was dangerous work that they willingly accepted in order to help others land safely. Listen about about their daring New Year’s Eve mission that could have saved hundreds of lives.When called to, they enjoyed the thrill of clearing the path for other soldiers and Marines hitting the beaches, much like modern-day Rangers. This was a deadly and dangerous business though. While you may have heard about the Marines being the first boots on the ground, for many battles it was the UDT that blew the obstacles out of the way for them first! Grab a copy of this book and see how the first Navy SEALs fought in World War 2. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wes Super. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/159856/bk_acx0_159856_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
USS Nevada (BB-36) was America´s first modern battleship. When its keel was laid in 1912, kings and emperors still ruled much of the world. When it finally slipped beneath the waves in 1948, America was the undisputed global superpower. Nevada was revolutionary for its time: the first ´´superdreadnought´´; the first US warship to be oil fired; the first to have a triple-gun main turret; and the first to have all-or-nothing armor. In World War I, it was based in Queenstown, Ireland, to provide protection for American convoys bringing troops to Europe. The only battleship to get underway at Pearl Harbor, it suffered damage from Japanese bombs and torpedoes and sank in shallow water. Raised and repaired, it did convoy duty in the North Atlantic before joining the invasion fleet for D-Day and the landings in Southern France. Shifting to the Pacific, Nevada provided bombardment support at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The end of the war saw it outgunned and outmoded, but its contributions were not over. In 1946, it survived not one but two atomic tests, the second of which left the battleship too radioactive for scrapping. On a sunny day in 1948, Nevada was towed off the coast of Oahu and used for target practice. The ship died a warrior´s death. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sean Runnette. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/014673/bk_tant_014673_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Since the first navy frogmen crawled onto the beaches of Normandy, no SEAL has ever surrendered, writes Chuck Pfarrer. ´´No SEAL has ever been captured, and not one teammate or body has ever been left in the field. This legacy of valor is unmatched in modern warfare.´´ Warrior Soul is a book about the warrior spirit, and it takes the listener all over the world. Former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer recounts some of his most dangerous assignments: On a clandestine reconnaissance mission on the Mosquito Coast, his recon team plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a Nicaraguan patrol boat. Cut off on the streets of Beirut, the author’s SEAL detachment must battle snipers on the Green Line. In the mid-Atlantic, Pfarrer’s unit attempts to retrieve - or destroy - the booster section of a Trident ballistic missile before it can be recovered by a Russian spy trawler. On a runway in Sicily, his assault element surrounds an Egyptian airliner carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers. These are only a few of the riveting stories of combat patrol, reconnaissance missions, counter-terrorist operations, tragedies, and victories in Warrior Soul that illustrate the SEAL maxim ´´The person who will not be defeated cannot be defeated.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chuck Pfarrer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007272/bk_adbl_007272_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most people think of snipers as shooters perched in urban hides, dealing out death unseen from a considerable distance. But this description barely scratches the surface. Special operations snipers are men with stacked skill sets who have the ability to turn the tide of battles, even when they aren´t pulling the trigger. Snipers have played an outsized role in the War on Terror that has earned them the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, and countless other honors. These are the most experienced warriors on the battlefield, oftentimes the units´ best assaulters with years of door-kicking under their belt. These are the men who run ops in small teams across borders, or dress like locals and pull off high-risk vehicle reconnaissance and singleton missions in non-permissive environments. Modern American Snipers tells the inside story of some of the most heroic patriots in recent American history by the friends and colleagues who knew them best, including: The Legend - Chris Kyle, SEAL Team 3 Chief and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history; The Reaper - Nick Irving, the first African-American to serve as a sniper in the 3rd Ranger Battalion, and its deadliest, with 33 confirmed kills; Robert Horrigan, Delta sniper who played a critical role in Operation Anaconda; Don Hollenbaugh, Delta Operator who earned the Distinguished Service Cross while embedded with a Marine platoon in the First Battle of Fallujah. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001881/bk_aren_001881_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.