One of the single most enjoyable books that i have listened to through Audible. i have just finished listening to it again, once when it was released on Audible and now.
the story recounts this conflict and point in history in a very moving story. Excellently written and crafted and with Scott Brick narrating, it is a work of art.
If you have enjoyed any of Nelson Demille's books in the past, you will not be disappointed with this one.
I was too young to remember the Vietnam War. But listening to the story I learned a lot of what our soldiers went through.
I am a huge fan of Nelson De Mille and also Scott Brick. I search for Scott Brick and see what books he has narrated, then pick a book. I do believe that this time Mr. Brick should have researched the Vietnamese language better.
His Vietnamese accent sounded more Japanese, which was hard to listen to. The Vietnamese language sounds so much more gutteral and throaty rather than soft and polite.
Other than that, the book was great and I was going to bed way too late to listen to just twenty more minutes, which became one hour and twenty minutes.
In the context of the current debate on Iraq, this retrospective on Vietnam with the backdrop of a murder investigation is OUTSTANDING. In my opinion it may be Demille's best work. The characters are sassy, intelligent and belivable. For those old enough to have lived through Vietnam, it brings back the feelings of the time in a very emotional way and offers some insight from the point of view of the ground soldier. For those too young to remember Vietnam, there are parallels to the current Iraq situation that should be at least considered. This is a book that you can read and listen to again and again and see and hear something new each time.
I really enjoyed this book. I have a long commute and listen on my IPod everyday on my way home in the evenings. Many evenings I kinda dreaded to get home since I would have to turn off the IPod. A very nice plot and travelogue of current day Vietnam. Worth your time.
As a Viet Nam Vet this book has it all I now have a son serving in Iraq. We have talked and the bond is there. He is due to return christmas 2007
A must read/Listen for all Combat Vets. I see....
This book is very good. The author made it as if we were there. You could almost smell the air, and the gun powder. Awsome book.
I found Up Country to be lacking in plot development and suspense the two things I expect to find in DeMille's work. This work contains very long sections that seem more like filler than story development. perhaps those having served in Viet Nam will have a higher opinion of this work but I don't feel this one was worth my time. I should have bailed long before the end but I kept thinking that some twist was just around the corner. I would recommend any other DeMille work before this one and can't understand why it has been ranked as high as the audible ranking suggests. Not enough substance and story development to have been worthwhile.
I am normally a fan of Demille, some of his other novels are slick, first rate stories. With Up Country he's packed a 6 hour novella into a 28 hour waste of time. I kept looking at the time remaining on my iPod hoping this never ending story was about too. Paul Brenner, the main character, is so snide, sarcastic and cynical as to be unbelieveable. Scott Bricks narration is right on. Brick can bring the written word to life. Sometimes he's a little over the top but with Up Country does as well as he can with the material given. If you want to experience one of Demille's better works get Night Fall, it's supurb.
This is a long book to get through but worth it in the end. Demille is a great writer and sticks to his story line. He has a great character who is not Politically Correct, which in today's world, is refreshing. Things you like to say, his characters say for you.