This is the kind of book that when you begin, you wonder "why am I reading this", misery and suffering endured by young Marines. I spent a year in Vietnam as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot and found this narrative to be true to life down to the colloquialisms in use at the time. What makes it such an excellent story is the authors way of showing the human spirit in war. Combat scenes as good as saving private Ryan. It sets the hook and reels you in. When it is finished you wish you had a sequel or could continue reading. It is an exceptionally well written piece of literature, with a great story line and the enduring story of men in combat as it really is. I found myself looking forward daily to going back and seeing what kind of predicament the marines had found themselves in that day. If you are thinking about joining the Marines, don't read this, no fancy crisp uniforms with gleaming swords here, just reality.
Felt the author and reader did a good job describing the insanity of war - specifically Vietnam. Wished for more closure. Maybe a follow up?
I wasn't quite sure about getting this one, but the reviews looked so good and it had been a while since I read/listened to a Vietnam War novel or biography.
I didn't regret it. At turns inspiring, funny and tragic, Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job bringing life to a wide range of characters. I'll be looking into more of his narrations.
This is not my type of book. I bought it for my husband, but decided to listen to it myself. I loved this book, even when I was clenching my jaw and closing my eyes at the details of a war that my generation experienced and many of my friends lived and died through. Thank you to Karl Marlantes for writing it and to Bronson Pinchot for a masterful job of reading it!
Best book I've listened in years. I was not in the mood for another war book after finishing Unbroken but i am glad I did go for Matterhorn. It just flows along, one of the books that will keep you going. Outstanding narration.
Thank you Karl Marlantes for bringing to life the experience of US Marines in Vietnam, for those of us who were not there or born yet. And thank you Bronson Pinchot for the amazing narration. This book, the characters of Bravo Company and the lessons they learned will stay with me for a long time.
Disgustive, graphic, testosterone-driven story on war. Don't need any more. I know how senseless war is. Obliterate this mistaken download choice from my profile!
Too often do I find authors who add as much gratuitous violence as possible in order to make their novels appear more shocking.
Perhaps it is simply because the characters in those novels never seem to react properly to that violence, but those passages always stand out, ugly and wrong.
This novel had the violence, but it wasn't about convincing you, the reader, that these things are terrible, it was about how the characters in the book handled the horrors of Vietnam.
The characters are so brilliantly painted and the reader does such an excellent job of voicing them that this easily rises to being amongst my favorite audiobooks of 2010.
So many reviews made this book seem to be depressing and horrifying, so I waited a long time after I downloaded it to actually listen. It was excellent, well crafted and authentic, without being over the top gory as some had implied. Well worth the time and credit.
The reader is putting me in the story with him. I am finding myself having emotions for the soldiers and realizing how terrible the leadership really was in Vietnam. I understand this is fiction but the language, names of places, etc you just know are from someone that was there and expierenced this terrible war. Disease, starvation, emotional stress and the soldiers just not knowing what to do is a fear that I'm lucky I do not have to engage.
I recommend this audio book highly.