I tried to get through this because I am a devoted Demille fan. I finally gave up 3/4 of the way through. If you're looking for a commentary and description of how horrible the Vietnam War was, this is your book. I understand how many of our men returned from that war scarred for life, but I purchased this book to listen to a fiction novel. The story line is weak, characters not even believable. I gave it 2 stars because it is a great book on the utter devastation the war resulted in phsically and emotionally.
I loved this book. It was interesting and so unpredictable. It's been awhile since I listened to it so I'll probably do it a second time. I graduated in 1968 and so stories about SEA may more suited to my demographic than someone didn't go there during that time.
I finally finished this thing, and am kicking myself for wading through it. I am a fan of DeMille, and especially Scott Brick, but this is a dog. There is actually a 50 minute section where he is driving between two remote points on limited gas, and constantly worrying and calculating the whole way whether he'll run out, with no danger if he does! I like the crusty wisecracking character, Paul, but wonder if DeMille is writing himself into a character that is irresistable to stunningly hot babes 25 years younger than himself!?? Seems to be a recurring theme.. This is basically a travelogue through modern Vietnam, and a vet's memories. This should honestly be abridged to 6 hours..I echo the new title "Paid by the Word!"
This is a must for those who know very little about our involvement in North/South Korea. Very good mystery that occasionally drug out a little more than I would have liked. For the most part, I found it hard to turn off and spent several extra hours in my auto waiting for a good pausing spot. Similiarities with his other books but still unique in the story line.
I have read all of DeMille's books and they are all great. If you have not read any of his books, I suggest you start with "Night Fall"
I may not even finish this book. I'm very disappointed because I love DeMille... usually a sure bet. But this book is taking forever to develop, with very little suspense or investment of my concern for the protagonists. I feel like this book should be subtitled "Paid by the Word". I have only reluctantly given it more than one star because he puts together an occasional scene that resonates.... but really it is only a one and a half at best. Long long .... I'll come back if it turns around, but I think you could start halfway through and not miss a thing.
I have relistened to this book several times and think of it as the best book I have bought in several years. Great story and I especially enjoy Brick as the reader. The writer painted the scenes in my mind so clearly that I will never enjoy it as a movie. I felt as if I were there.
I really enjoyed this one. Couldn't turn it off. I learned and enjoyed the historical parts. I am not a history fan and am too young to remember the Vietnam war. I didn't find it boring at all and thought the plot was very good. I enjoyed seeing strong female characters.
Up Country (unabridged) is one of the Best Reads/Listens that I have experienced. Scott Brig does a wonderful job of naration.
Having been too young to be a part of the Viet Nam war, Demille in his writing puts me there as if I was a combatant in the Tet offensive..
While the story does have a few slow sections I find myself looking for excuses to stay in the car for the entire 28 hours...
An audiobook that you will find hard to stop listening to. Realistic fictional commentary on post-war Vietnam as well as the war from the perspective of Vietnam veteran.