Exciting, Insightful, Intense
The insight into what "really" happens in war. Indiscriminate killings, mistakes, errors of the military, political struggle, etc. Fascinating insight.
Great narration! I almost didn't get this book because of all the negative comments on narration. This guy is AMAZING. Never once does he stutter in 15 hours. His voice goes up and down and he does an amazing job acting out all the different characters. This guy is a pro. One of the best narrated audio books I've ever listened to.
No ... it's too long. That would be impossible.
Do not let the narration haters sway you from this book. The guy does a great job. The story is fantastic and exciting. Really gives you an idea of how jacked up war really is.
Very interesting and very sobering. From a Jarhead's perspective, this book is perfect. You should definitely buy it.
This book, while set upon the backdrop of war, is much more than just an account of First Recon's run into Bagdad: It is the story of the soldiers in First Recon. Their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future. You really feel like you come to know the individual marines.
Recommended as highly as possible!
I feel it was written with a lack of political bias either way. The book was neither for or against the Iraq war but rather account the events as they happened.
I don't know that I've ever read a military account as honest as Generation Kill
The reader did a great job.
It was a very honest account of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Marine Corps, and America's military in general.
The book was assembled and written very well. The story flowed and didn't get lost in "had to be there accounts of military movements" or politics.
I would strongly urge anyone considering military service to read Generation Kill.
Hated for it to end!
The memories that flooded back from my time in the Suck!
The passion, I felt as if he was the reporter.
I really enjoyed this book. A very firsthand and unique perspective. The dialogue is about as raw and profane as you can imagine, but it was not a turn off at all for me like it was for some of the other reviewers. This is how these guys talked and that's what is in the book. I never saw any of the HBO series, but I plan on checking it out now. In my opinion the narration was terrible; at least when compared to many other 4/5 star books I have purchased. Though don't let that deter you.... still an excellent listen.
I bought this book because I loved the HBO miniseries that's based on it, and I was not disappointed. Many of the same people and events are here, but because it's a book, not restrained by the pacing of a TV show, the author can spend time giving backstory and describing things in more detail than the show can, so if you like the miniseries you can get a much more fleshed out version of the same story here.
The narrator is good. He puts on different voices for all the characters, a couple of the voices might sound a bit silly (there were one of two where I felt like he was trying to make the person sound really dopey). Still, it's very helpful because there are quite a few characters and this style of narration helps to distinguish them.
Probably the biggest strength of this book is that the author seems to be more interested in getting inside the heads of the soldiers than making any kind of political statement about the war in Iraq or war in general. Depending on your point of view you may see the violence in the book as horrific and pointless, or the grim reality of a necessary and noble cause. The point is you can decide this for yourself, the author won't tell you what to think. He just shows it as it is without shoving any messages in your face. The soldiers aren't glorified or vilified, instead they're portrayed as believable human beings, and are much more relatable because of it.
I got the the audiobook as a result of the HBO miniseries and was not disappointed. The book was a good follow up to the series as it helped to explain the command structure and the relationships better.