This is not my type of book. I bought it for my husband, but decided to listen to it myself. I loved this book, even when I was clenching my jaw and closing my eyes at the details of a war that my generation experienced and many of my friends lived and died through. Thank you to Karl Marlantes for writing it and to Bronson Pinchot for a masterful job of reading it!
Best book I've listened in years. I was not in the mood for another war book after finishing Unbroken but i am glad I did go for Matterhorn. It just flows along, one of the books that will keep you going. Outstanding narration.
Thank you Karl Marlantes for bringing to life the experience of US Marines in Vietnam, for those of us who were not there or born yet. And thank you Bronson Pinchot for the amazing narration. This book, the characters of Bravo Company and the lessons they learned will stay with me for a long time.
Disgustive, graphic, testosterone-driven story on war. Don't need any more. I know how senseless war is. Obliterate this mistaken download choice from my profile!
Too often do I find authors who add as much gratuitous violence as possible in order to make their novels appear more shocking.
Perhaps it is simply because the characters in those novels never seem to react properly to that violence, but those passages always stand out, ugly and wrong.
This novel had the violence, but it wasn't about convincing you, the reader, that these things are terrible, it was about how the characters in the book handled the horrors of Vietnam.
The characters are so brilliantly painted and the reader does such an excellent job of voicing them that this easily rises to being amongst my favorite audiobooks of 2010.
So many reviews made this book seem to be depressing and horrifying, so I waited a long time after I downloaded it to actually listen. It was excellent, well crafted and authentic, without being over the top gory as some had implied. Well worth the time and credit.
The reader is putting me in the story with him. I am finding myself having emotions for the soldiers and realizing how terrible the leadership really was in Vietnam. I understand this is fiction but the language, names of places, etc you just know are from someone that was there and expierenced this terrible war. Disease, starvation, emotional stress and the soldiers just not knowing what to do is a fear that I'm lucky I do not have to engage.
I recommend this audio book highly.
This story is honest, with realistic characters. It does not hide the truth of the war experience, much like many current missives about the Viet Nam war. I cannot describe the impact this story had on my emotions, as well as my view of courage, and a man's abilty to endure. The story portrays the human condition at its best and its worst. There it is.
First review of a book, and I am happy that it is this book. This read was amazing to say the least! Bronson Pinchot is brilliant! Marlantes characters are so real! I'm a former Marine and I have to admit, couple times I choked up and felt a tear welling up. I am waiting for Karl to write another book now.
This was easily the best book I've come in contact with. I was sad when it ended, wishing for a few more hours. I'm sure my wife is glad it's over, as I couldn't help but sit and listen for hours every night. I certainly hope it doesn't take another 30 years for Lt. Marlantes to write another, I'll be waiting in line if he does.