Drama, well written and delivered
Sad when the book was coming to an end, I was not ready for it to end and for my time in it to be over.... left me feeling what now? Its will be a while before I find another story like this.
No. While the story was good the narration was slow, uninspired and generally a disappointment considering the other works of Pinchot.
It would have been a big improvement to have a narrator who didn't seem to be bored with the whole thing. There were many times, despite being interested in the narrative, that I wanted to just give up on the book because of the lackluster performance of Pinchot.
Charles L. Baker, MSSW
A book about learning to lead, about the need for understanding in race relations and about the insanity of the autocratic nature of the military. Excellent character development gives each character a strong basis in reality - we all are flawed. Even the finest, no matter your definition of that, make mistakes with a terrible toll when life and death are at stake. Mr. Marlantes has been there, and he learned something!
Epic. Emotional. Tense.
The emotions it evoked from me, I was literally cussing at Simpson while driving in my car listening to the story. It was very well written, good look into how a man's priorities change once in a war, and what people do for political aspirations with no regard for other people's lives.
The latter engagement at Matterhorn.
Mellas, because of the character's authenticity, he truly has fears and selfish thoughts like we all do.
This is a story that needs telling. I was reluctant to take on a morbid subject, but once I began listening, could hardly stop. I felt like I was there with them.
Bronson Pinchot was excellent. I'll look for his name and choose accordingly.
This has got to be one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. The story was exceptionally well written. If you're a war buff then this book is for you, trust me.
1. Story/Plot: This is one of the most stunning, beautiful, moving pieces of literature I have ever read. This writing is beautiful. I have never been in the military, in combat, nor anything close to what Marlantes describes in this novel. However the details are so vivid, so clear that you feel in the thick of it with Bravo company. Some authors get lost in the minutia of a story. Marlantes doesn't, he envelopes you within them, and wraps you up in them, making each detail matter, each detail count. It layers in a sound, a sight, a smell, the palpitation of a heart beat at that moment as you move through this journey with these men. Furthermore Marlantes gives each character depth, real depth. They aren't just characters, they are people. They have humanity, the choices they aren't motivated by cliche, Marlantes gives them perspective, rational, reason, and drive. You never feel as if anyone is an antagonist, each person has made good choices, each person has made bad choices, and each of those choices has deeply affected the men around them, for better or worse.
2. Acting/Voice Work: Pinchot was amazing, utterly exquisite. He gave incredible life to this novel, and the pairing was pitch perfect. This novel does not shy away from complex and accurate descriptions (especially concerning weaponry and military rank) which lends to it's authenticity in story telling, but it risks being confusing. Instead of being confusing, Pinchot seems to have such a clear visual of who and what he's talking about, that everything becomes vivid and clear for the listener as well. Pinchot also does a brilliant job with the accent and dialect work. Marlantes clearly describes geographic location for his characters, it comes up in the small talk of waiting between soldiers, and Marlantes writes certain rhythms and quite regionalisms into the characters. Pinchot captures these pieces, without making them exaggerated or cartoonish. Pinchot sculpts each character beautifully, distinguishing each from the other with subtly and detail.
It is just a big story set in a hot and smothering jungle an it is really well read with the voices of a dozen or more characters all unique and easy to identify. Just well done.
A friend said he thought of Catch 22 when he read Matterhorn and I can see why. Violence, power, war, death, life... it's all there.
The main character is just very well read by Bronson, as are the rest, really.
I tried to start this audiobook more than once and had a hard time getting through the beginning, but after I finally pushed through the start, I couldn't stop listening. Even if you have never listened to a "war" book before you need to give this one a chance. Marlantes puts you right there with vibrant descriptions of the atmosphere the soldiers experinced in Vietnam, along with the feeling that tragedy could strike at any minute from anywhere. The danger is not limited to only the enemy but political, natural and internal monsters as well.
Pinchot is brilliant as a narrator and has quickly become a favorite of mine. He never over does it, and he is as smooth as silk.
If you have ever wanted to get a better grasp on this historic time in our country's history, and be entertained at the same time download this now.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
Matterhorn is up there with my favourites, partially because of the masterful narration that really made the book for me.
It was not a specific moment. It was the metamorphosis of Mellas into a sensitive human being that was the most memorable. Each and every character in this book was memorable. I kept wanting to know what was happening to Mallory and his headaches, and all the various characters had palpable personalities. The voices portrayed by Bronson Pinchot helped to differentiate the different characters and gave the book even more life than the printed word had all on its own. A wonderful, sad, disturbing but triumphant book.
I am glad that I read this book. Not only for the entertainment (if one could call it that) value, but because, living in Canada, I had very little connection with the Vietnam War. We all heard about it and saw pictures of the vets coming home to boos and criticism, but I could never had imagined the workings of the war and the daily agony of the soldiers, fighting such an unpopular war.
No, this is my first of his performances and I would seek another book narrated by him.
To be honest, I needed breaks from the tension and the heartbreak of this book. I could not have listened in one sitting.