• Wahoo

  • The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine
  • By: Richard H. O'Kane
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (260 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The career of the USS Wahoo in sinking Japanese ships in the farthest reaches of the Empire is legendary in submarine circles.

Christened three months after Pearl Harbor, Wahoo was commanded by the astonishing Dudley W. "Mush" Morton, whose originality and daring new techniques led to results unprecedented in naval history; among them, successful "down the throat" barrage against an attacking Japanese destroyer, voracious surface-running gun attacks, and the sinking of a four-ship convoy in one day. 

Wahoo took the war to Japan's front porch, and Morton became known as the Navy's most aggressive and successful sea raider. Now, her full story is told by the person most qualified to tell it - her executive officer Richard O'Kane, who went on to become the leading submarine captain of the Second World War.

©1987 Richard H. O'Kane (P)2020 Tantor

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story is excellent...narrator...aarrgg

Great story....then i realized i heard this guy reading it before...it was like having this read by a computer...he was SO monotone. again story great but narration...NO. hopefully i can get refund or exchange

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Pay close to all the lessons of this story!

This book will take you back in History to a time when our nation faced unimaginal perrol. These brave soles stood up to face the enemy with courage that is lacking in today's citizens. We should all look deep within ourselves and appreciate where we came from, the lessons of history both good and bad should never be erased. Do you have their courage?

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A Good Account of a Fascinating Story, Adequately Narrated

I love the topic, and was very intrigued, if only by reading first about O’Kane command of Tang. O’Kane, Morton and their peers were extraordinary men, and their stories deserve to be heard.

The only issue I had is that the combination of a fairly dry and repetitive account is compounded here by a monotone narrator. It’s hard to say whether that only serves more to emphasize the matter-of-fact professionalism of the author, or as a soporific.

I would say that this is an essential book for those who already enjoy reading about the Silent Service, but perhaps not the place to start.

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same sinking different day

not enough detail of what it was like to live on a WW II submarine.

it was like listening to the same torpedoing of the same freighter over and over boring.

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Awful narrator, great story, poorly written

The narrator is simply awful and should not be allowed to do more military narration. Perhaps his voice would work for something low-key like Pride and Prejudice but his plodding and monotone delivery simply RUINED this audiobook.

The writing should have been turned over to a professional author. These are fascinating stories and adventures but the lackluster writing really doesn't convey the tension or excitement that it should.

Compare this book to Silent Running by James Calvert and you'll see how much is missing from this tale. It really needs to be re-narrated by someone like Lloyd James or Sean Pratt; maybe then the story can shine through.

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Riveting story, told slowly, poor narrator

The story of Wahoo, Mush Morton, and Dick O'Kane is one of the most riveting tales of World War II submarine warfare. The early part of the story (pre-Morton) is told in a rather mind-numbingly tedious manner- "Got up, took sextant readings, got lunch, took sextant reading, waited until the sun set, took sextant readings, made marks on the charts...... About 90 minutes of this level of riveting action must be endured until Morton takes command and the real hunting starts. Even then, though the story is great, it is told in a dry manner. The narrator doesn't help it along. He drones in a near monotone. I would rank him in the tenth percentile of Audible book narrators. He was a poor choice for this book. The story however, is unforgettable. This may be a book better enjoyed in print than audio. (Can flip through the first 50 pages)

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Boring

The readers monotone reading caused me to drift off and not pay attention or feel like I was there in the sub. Felt like a class room you want to sleep through.

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Really excellent

Hearing this story written by one of the bravest, and most excellent naval officers in the submarine service was fantastic. I hope audible will record his book about USS Tang as well.

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Awesome Book!

This was one of the best WW2 books I have ever read! (Listened to). I just wished there was more!

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Just listening to the sample

the narrator should be replaced by r.c. bray or Robertson Dean either one of these can really bring a book to life.