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.
I loved the characters, I loved the history and I found Paul Brenner's emotional journey and reconciliation heartfelt and very genuine. I was continually entertained, mesmerized by his words, and educated as well. I looked forward to the end but miss having it to listen to as I walk my dogs. The book and Scott Brick's narration are a perfect union.
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!"