I listened 3 times. This book is one of my "cult classics" already.
narration is excellent. Well written. I need more of this style.
I loved to read but, I received one too many concussions in the service. Thankfully there's Audible. I'm a huge Sci Fi/Fantasy fan.
This is my all-time favorite audiobook, I'm not sure how many times I've listened to it but if I had to guess it would be around 15. The funny thing is I've re-listened to this book more in the short time I've had it than I have Dune, which I listen to every 4-5 years.
The story is bare bones and as gritty as the desert the war was fought in. I've caught interviews with the men this book is written about and they all agree that it's a clear and truthful re-telling of the events that happened during the initial invasion of Iraq. I often tell young service members to have their spouse read/listen to this book to give them an idea of what may be going to happen.
This is a fairly heavy topic and yet he was able to bring out those moments of humor that pop up and keep us sane.
Being former military and Special Operations I loved the way it showed how singing is used as a stress reliever when you're board but, need to stay alert.
I believe that, in time, this book will take its place along with "Catch 22" and "For Whom The Bell Tolls".
I have read the book, watched the HBO mini-series, and listened to the audio book. I love this story. The characters, real Marines, come to life in this book. Evan Wright did an outstanding job explaining each person he spent time with. I think that some of the video game references might have out shined the meaning of the book in mainstream media, but these guys felt very real to me.
That is a difficult question to answer because the other books in this genre that I have read were written by the soldiers themselves and did not have the same broad spectrum insight that Wright gave in his book. I totally love the war themed genre though.
Probably, Person's Rip Fuel rants. All of them were funny.
It would have to be the familial bond that happened to theses guys after going through hell together.
If you are going to listen to this at work, please use headphones. I ticked off my boss unknowingly by listening to it in my work room. I did not know that his office was directly under my work space. A lot of F-bombs.
This isn't a bad book, just not what I was expecting. I was in the military & some of the stuff w the officers really made me mad bc of their lack of respect for everyones lives. Over all, this book was interesting. I won't read it again though. Nothing against the author.
Avid audiobook addict!
Not full of the author continuously spouting his political opinion, like many other war books. Extremely real writing from a journalist embedded with the actual troops.
Military histories are a particular love of mine, but this one is a no-go. I bailed out after about an hour and a half. Yes, the "F" word is military vernacular, but too much is too much. When reading with the eyes, you can skip over offensive content. When "reading" with the ears, it's impossible. At first, I thought, "OK, I'll tune it out." But two or three usages per sentence gets to be like the infamous water torture. May be realistic, but it's a bit over the top for my ear. Too bad...it gets in the way of what may be a great story. I'll never know.
I have watched the HBO mini series based on this book.. I am currently downloading the book. Like the last comment, i was expecting a left leaning version of what happened, but was pleasantly surprised that it was fairly politically neutral. I wish i could have read the book before watching the tv show.. but either way i highly recommend watching/listening/reading anything that has to do with this book.