O'Hara's Choice

Version: Abridged
Author: Leon Uris
Narrator: John Lloyd
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (3)

Written by Michelle Johnson on February 27th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Hated and I'm sorry but narrator was awful Read to slow and story just all over the place. Boring

O'Hara's choice

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on December 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Interesting story. If it weren't for the fact that my father is a Marine, I would have not enjoyed it as much. Some of it was hard to follow because it jumped around and the characters kept changing.

A long time affair with Uris began with Exodus

Written by Gem SPECTOR on March 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This is the blood 'n guts story of the early days of the Marines. Uris relates the accumulation of military knowledge learned from past battles, but does so with his characteristic colorful writing style. "Oh stew a barking dog!" curses a Marine. Another observes "his Presbyterian belief in God is the only damn thing his family ever gave him." Commanders name the individual islands they plan to secure "Sinkhole," "Mudhole," "Blackhole," "Asshole," "Petite Asshole" and "Shithole." This is as raunchy as the book gets. Uris's trademark tormented love story occurs between Catholic Zach and Protestant Amanda, who find they must make difficult life choices to remain together. Uris has written much better, but I'm glad he's still there for me.

Author Details

Author Details

Uris, Leon

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.