I finished listening to the book 2 months ago and I still find myself thinking about the characters of Matterhorn. I miss "hanging out" with them, so to speak. Wonderfully written and engaging. Definitely worth a listen.
Hearing this audiobook is as close to war as I hope to get in my lifetime. I felt as though I were there, and made strong bonds with the characters. The narration is wonderful. Bronson Pinchot captures the mood with a variety of character voices, all of which draw the listener even deeper into the story.
The narrator really pulls you into this book! Loved everything about it. Sorry not a good review writer. Just wanted to say LOVED IT!
I think this book is a masterpiece. Bronson Pinchot is simply phenomenal. If you're thinking of choosing this book, do yourself a favor and listen to it. Every character comes to life. This is one of my top 3 of all times.
It's strange, because this is not typically a style that I would read. I love historical fiction, but I tend to lean towards books from a woman's perspective. This book is purely men, with the exception of one small chapter with a nurse. I loved every minute of it. I wanted to keep listening, but didn't want it to end.
Karl Marlantes brought the Vietnam jungle to life. His writing was so cinematic. I could envision everything. During the combat sequences, I was on the edge of my seat. Though, some of the best scenes, in my opinion, were conversations among the men about life and politics. It was all so honest.
The dialogue was riveting and real. If you are offended by the "f" word, don't read this book. But if I were in a "sh*t sandwich" ,as they so often say, in the middle of a jungle, in a country far away, in war I didn't understand, following officers I didn't respect, I'd use the "f" word a lot too. If this isn't worthy of a movie (or mini-series because of the length) I don't know what is.
It's interesting how the book was written in the 3rd person, but at times the reader is able to jump inside the mind of particular characters through their inner monologues. I think that is a very interesting technique. I also loved seeing the progression of the characters and how their attitudes changed and became more bitter as the book when on, Mellas, in particular.
I laughed, I cried, I was always engaged. I'm so glad I read this. I will recommend this to everyone. If you think it might not be for you, try it. I was absolutely amazing.
This book is an almost day-to-day description of life in the bush during the Vietnam war. Some of the more unsettling parts of the book focus on how poorly commanders dealt with such mundane decisions as how much food to carry on a mission, how to build a proper bunker, and the reporting of KIA, WIA, etc. It made me sick to think of our fighting men being subjected to the command decisions of an alcoholic superior and then doing the "job" so well they are rewarded by being handed an ever more whimsical mission.
Excellent novel, shows the raw emotions and experiences of combat as well as the overwhelming fear and boredom.
Not only is this book incredible, but the narrating is the best I've heard (I've looked for other books done by this guy but didn't find any). His ability to voice different characters is top notch.
The only issue I had is at some parts the writing was so good that I wanted to be reading it to fully appreciate the authors use of language, especially the end.
This is a must listen to audio book. The sheer power of this novel will transport you to a time and place of American history that will stay with you like never before. In no time you'll be propelled back to Vietnam fighting, sweating, cursing and feeling the pain and anguish of every character. I had no idea Bronson Pinchot was capable of such narration and my hat is off to you sir! A job well done by both writer and narrator.
The book truly brings you inside the heads of the various military participants. Instead of reading like a Stephen Ambrose novel of war-time first-person overviews, it takes you deeper into the true emotional and sensory experiences of the soldiers and the officers - and you appreciate the war (and the experiences of our military personnel) even more.
There is an unnamed extra character in the book at all times - due to the times and the forced mixing of races in the theater of military operations - and that is the racism of the participants. It is presented in such a stark and seemingly accurate way that you appreciate the authenticity of all of the interactions that much more.
Buy it to learn more about the Vietnam Conflict, and sit back and truly enjoy the ride into the lives and minds of all individuals put in harm's way.