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.
Wonderful book - and the narration was incredible!!
Really cared about the characters
No - but will!!
Yes - hard to stop it to do other things
Recommend to all
This is, by far, the best book I have listened to in years.
I will not call out any one part. There were too many to list. I finished this book and immediately began listening again. I felt like I knew every character in the story. The author reveals these men, their thoughts and motivations perfectly. I'm not sure how long it took him to write this book, but it is clear he has lived with these characters for many years.
I have not listened to any other books he has narrated, but will. He was brilliant! I lost count of how many characters spoke throughout this story, but each one's personality came through in the narrator's voice. Just wonderful!
I can't even begin to describe this book. The characters were wonderfully developed, the chaos of battle and the conditions were painted so clearly, I could see it. The dialog in the book was natural and flowed as if I were overhearing their conversations. The author wove this story with so much...history, politics, racial tensions, human nature, character development, fear, ambition, brotherhood, and bravery, yet it felt like I was watching a movie. The points were made in the natural course of the story rather than told to the reader. Mr Marlantes tells a story thst is not pretty in a beautifully written tale. I am blown away!
I would not buy another book narrated by Mr. Pinchot
the story was OK, but was heavily about the racial unrest in a Marine company. I found that that distracted from the story line, however, that may have been the story line, and since I was not in the bush with the marines during that time What was written may be very accurate- at least for that company. I did serve with the FMF in another war, and my son in two other ones and we never met a comedic commander like the battalion commander. Vietnam was a different war, so maybe the author was unlucky enough to encounter such a leader. Some of the incidents he describes seem a little far fetched. A leech up the urethra? I don't think any marine- or soldier was killed by a tiger in VN. A sword attack across the LZ? Dramatic, but real???
His inflections were not appropriate for the narrative. The reading would have been lauded in a middle school performance, but men in war don't whine like read the story. (ok, they whine, but he narrates a sing songy back and forth inflection that drove me crazy).
Thank you Karl Marlantes for writing this riveting book. This is the "All Quiet on the Western Front" of our time. Thank you as well Bronson Pinchot for an amazing verbal interpretation. I had to pause listening from time to time because of the intensity and to absorb the visual images created by Mr. Marlantes. Of the 50 or so audio books I have listened to the only other that compared is "The Old Man and the Sea" written by Hemmingway and read by Donald Sutherland. You will be amazed by "Matterhorn."
Somewhere like 30 years in the writing, this novel really brings out the horrors of the Vietnam war and war in general; the performance by Bronson Pinchot (Balky in the TV show Perfect Strangers) is one of the best audio performances I’ve heard of a book, and other listeners seem to agree; this is not your typical Vietnam story.