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.
it was like i was there and could see it all happening ,men trying to survive the war and do there duty.
I got this because of the audible awards and the reviews but it was just another account of the Vietnam war to me...
I am a lover of history and the fantastic tales of human achievement (or folly). Sometimes, a grand author captures my imagination.
I read this awhile back and it took me some to write this review. Yesterday I watched Platoon again on Blu-ray. My memory returned back to the book and its similarities to the movie. This was such an exceptional listen I never wanted this book to end. I was truly captivated by each character and wanted to know how the survivors fared when they returned from the war. It is so hard to imagine that these men were so, so young when they went to war and gave their lives in gruesome numbers. This is the best war book I have ever read.
Very clear and concise story showing not only the suffering and struggling the solders went through. But, also the political backdrop of commanders who where commanding from afar making assumptions of what was going on in the bush.
Mellas was my favorite charactor, he was the main character which we follow from when he first arives in Vietnam. He is a good guy with a good head on his shoulders and although he wants to get ahead he is also a caring person. This makes him even keeled . Which is a good trait in a commander, he is also young and trying to make since of it all. Not just the war but life itself. He grows throughout the story and has many realizations about both war and life in the end.
Yes, Pinchot's preformance is top notch, you feel like there is a whole cast of players instead of just one person reading to you.
I started listening to audio books as a way to spend time while driving to and from work. I found myself wanting to listen to this book more and was making more time available to listen,it was at times difficult to stop listening.
Yes. It puts a lot of things into historical perspective.
Well worth the listen
Without fighting a war, I'm sure I can't understand. Matterhorn gave me a new partial understanding of the camaraderie, honor, heroism, despair, and bizarre wartime behaviors involved in war. The dedication of the individuals in "getting their assignment--taking Matterhorn" while realizing the meaning or lack thereof of this goal is overwhelming. The book gives one increased and renewed sympathies for our veterans and all those lost in the Vietnam war and all wars. The narration was outstanding and I was transported into the war jungle.