I do not know much about the Vietnam war and I have never read a book about it, or thought Id be interested in one. I only know what I've seen in movies or T.V. I have nothing to compare this book to but I absolutely loved this book. If you are like me and want to know what it was like in the Vietnam war from the Marines perspective I recommend this book. I tried to put myself in their place on Matterhorn but obviously I could not. I find my self wondering more and more about this story on a daily basis. I now understand that we can never win in this type of war, and we have not learned our lesson from it. If you want a book that will change your life this is it. It was very moving and sad and made me very angry that we went to this war. I happened to be almost done listening listening to it during veterans day 2011, I guess it was meant to be
Bronson Pinchot manages to make you feel you're in the presence of many men, each sharply drawn with a distinctive voice, regional accent, education level. He gives a real performance, not merely a reading, of this moving, profound and important story.
Language (lots of the "f" word) takes some getting used to but I'm sure it was that way. But, the story, the humanity, the perspective of the main character are all so well done that, aside from my fear that I would involuntarily say "pass the f.....ing milk" at breakfast one day, I was enthralled. Great listen. And Balki was excellent. I hope he reads more.
I finished listening to the book 2 months ago and I still find myself thinking about the characters of Matterhorn. I miss "hanging out" with them, so to speak. Wonderfully written and engaging. Definitely worth a listen.
Hearing this audiobook is as close to war as I hope to get in my lifetime. I felt as though I were there, and made strong bonds with the characters. The narration is wonderful. Bronson Pinchot captures the mood with a variety of character voices, all of which draw the listener even deeper into the story.
The narrator really pulls you into this book! Loved everything about it. Sorry not a good review writer. Just wanted to say LOVED IT!
I think this book is a masterpiece. Bronson Pinchot is simply phenomenal. If you're thinking of choosing this book, do yourself a favor and listen to it. Every character comes to life. This is one of my top 3 of all times.
It's strange, because this is not typically a style that I would read. I love historical fiction, but I tend to lean towards books from a woman's perspective. This book is purely men, with the exception of one small chapter with a nurse. I loved every minute of it. I wanted to keep listening, but didn't want it to end.
Karl Marlantes brought the Vietnam jungle to life. His writing was so cinematic. I could envision everything. During the combat sequences, I was on the edge of my seat. Though, some of the best scenes, in my opinion, were conversations among the men about life and politics. It was all so honest.
The dialogue was riveting and real. If you are offended by the "f" word, don't read this book. But if I were in a "sh*t sandwich" ,as they so often say, in the middle of a jungle, in a country far away, in war I didn't understand, following officers I didn't respect, I'd use the "f" word a lot too. If this isn't worthy of a movie (or mini-series because of the length) I don't know what is.
It's interesting how the book was written in the 3rd person, but at times the reader is able to jump inside the mind of particular characters through their inner monologues. I think that is a very interesting technique. I also loved seeing the progression of the characters and how their attitudes changed and became more bitter as the book when on, Mellas, in particular.
I laughed, I cried, I was always engaged. I'm so glad I read this. I will recommend this to everyone. If you think it might not be for you, try it. I was absolutely amazing.
This book is an almost day-to-day description of life in the bush during the Vietnam war. Some of the more unsettling parts of the book focus on how poorly commanders dealt with such mundane decisions as how much food to carry on a mission, how to build a proper bunker, and the reporting of KIA, WIA, etc. It made me sick to think of our fighting men being subjected to the command decisions of an alcoholic superior and then doing the "job" so well they are rewarded by being handed an ever more whimsical mission.