I listened to this book as someone who is not a history or war buff. But I truly did enjoy this story and the character development. I became deeply involved with the characters and their desperate desire for survival, laid over the political and racial tensions of the day.
Matterhorn chronicles the gut-wrenching existences of a company of Marines at war in the jungle of Vietnam. It is mainly seen through the eyes of a young second lieutenant Mellas who is transformed by the callused and extraordinary reality of the Vietnam War that is difficult to understand without having experienced it. Marlantes, who did experience it, tells his story in a personal manner that envelopes the listener in the lives of each of the Marines. They see and enact extraordinary courage, fear, longing, suffering, and sacrifice. Meaning in their missions is often elusive, and they live in the constant shadow of death’s indiscretion and seemingly random timing. This all takes place with the backdrop of the struggle in differences in class, race, and the military hierarchy. The Vietnam was a war before my time, and Marlantes brings it forward to the present, adding a realism that is not fully portrayed by major Hollywood films.
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This book is one of the best war stories ever written. Highly recommended! Obviously written by someone who had been in the middle of what he was describing.
The realistic description of the complexity of the Vietnam war, class war, racial conflicts and the essential catch-22 nature of pre-drone modern warfare. The sending of men to die simply to kill some of the other side.
The narrator and protaganist, the freshly minted second lieutenant and Princeton grad.
Both. It is not a cheap sentimental rendition of what men experience in extreme conditions. Rather the novel unflinchingly and accurately, I think (having been fortunate to never experience the rigors and horrors of war), depicts the madness and euphoria of combat.
This book was amazing. It lived up to all the hype. The narration was dynamite. I can't use enough adjectives. By far the best book I've read.
Quite a riveting story but a bit repetitive at parts. I would have edited out approximately 20% . The narration was excellent
Excellent audio book. Narration is outstanding! Sobering, profane, and humorus, Marlantes' story paints a disturbing portrait of the boots on the ground during the Vietnam war.
Yes! Apart from the superb narrative, I'd revisit this book for one reason... Bronson Pinchot. I was amazed at how well he read this novel; at times it felt like it was narrated by a full cast. Wonderful portrayal of all the many characters and a great story to boot.
The one with the tiger, but I don't want to spoil it... just listen.
I've never been to war but this book gets inside the heads of the guys who fought for our country at that time. Before I was even born.
For an authentic Viet Nam combat read, check out John Del Vecchio's The 13th Valley or Spetz's Rat Pack Six. Matterhorn was more like a gehetto soap opera set in Asia.