I don’t know that his book accurately describes what it was like in Vietnam during the war, but the author did paint a pretty graphic picture for the listener. It was a bit hard to follow at times and I was about a quarter of the way in before I really started to feel I was in touch with the main characters. Overall it was a good book and enjoyed the listen. That said, the narrator was definitely a rookie. I don’t know why other listeners commented that he did such a good job. I’ve listened to hundreds of audio books and he is about a 4 on a 1-10 scale. A better narrator would have made this a much more interesting book to listen too. If you can get by that, it's a good book.
One of the best Audible books I've ever listened to. Great narration. Great story. You really get to know the characters at many levels, magnified by the intensity of warfare. So many big issues (like the meaning of life, good vs. evil, race relations) are woven into exquisitely detailed scenes populated by characters you grow to love. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the terror, the relief, and ultimately the brotherhood of combat are all there. You'll be infuriated by incompetent leaders. You'll laugh and cry along with troops. Hated to see it end.
I'm a 40 year old female with no interest in war books and I loved this book and the characters. I tried the book out because it was on one of the 2010 top lists and I was not disapointed.
Certified bookworm since 1962
Unbelievable job by Bronson Pinchot. I was mesmerized by his reading of this deeply affecting story.
A moving and powerful book on Vietnam. It took Marlantes 30 years to write but reading it brought back Vietnam in vivid detail. Destined to become a classic.
This book provides an incredible example of how we are so often our own worst enemy. Even in times of war when we have defined and identified enemies, we find ways to punish ourselves more than any other enemy could possibly punish us. This one led me from intense sadness to intense anger. A profound story, narrated exceptionally well... very highly recommended.
Some of the reviews - including some from our veterans who lived it - are truly outstanding. I will not attempt to out do them here - it would be just "piling on". Just wanted to add that this is some really great narration. Consistent voices and accents, and that is critical to an Audible book. So if you have a sensitive ear to language/accents, then you should have no problem with Matterhorn. Lastly, one or two situations seemed not quite credible (showing the enemy a few seconds of mercy at the last major battle?... I struggled some with that one ....).
Be warned, this is an intense, in-your-face, book. It will be hard to forget. And it could change your politics about war.
Anyway, a legitimate no brainer - this is a MUST read.
Matterhorn was the 1st book I've read/listened to that involved the military. I was not disappointed! I have a new found respect for the soldiers of the Vietnam war and what they endured. My curiosity has been peaked and so I'm looking for more books of this type. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed by this book!!
I am very torn about this book. Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job making all of the many characters feel like individuals. However, for me, it didn't work for me as an audiobook, in as much, as it just felt like it was taking forever to move along. I have an hour and a half commute every morning, and I just felt that I wasn't progressing fast enough through the story. I switched over to the Kindle version, and really enjoyed it. Marlantes creates some amazing characters and puts them into some trying situations. I am sure they are going to be with me for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, the way that the audio was progressing for me - it felt like that wasn't going to just be a metaphor.
All in all, if you have the time and patience - this is a rewarding experience.
One of the best books I have listened to. The story by itself is wonderful, but Pinchot puts it over the top. He really made the characters come to life by the individual voices he adds for each character. I cant say enough good things about this audiobook. Awesome