I've listened to over 250 audible.com books, and this is the best I have ever listened to. I dragged it out, because I could not stand for it to end.
I have just finished Matterhorn and am still reeling from the emotionally devasting ending (no, I won't spoil it for you).
This is an outstanding book and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job as narrator. I listened to this shortly after finishing War by Sebastian Junger. I also had the pleasure of listening to the pair of authors share a panel at the Miami International Book Fair. While one is "fiction" and the other not, the both had an incredible emotional effect on me. The horror of the Vietnam War and the cultural context of that era comes clearly through Marlantes' narrative.
One comment I would make is do not believe the synopsis from the publisher about the supposed struggle between an ambitious 2nd Lt. and a more senior veteran officer. I did not find that at all; I felt the central figure, Waino Mellis, to be totally believable and quite human.
I strongly recommend listening to the fine work!!
Story had a realistic feel. Story spent a lot of time developing. Bronson Pinchot did a great job narrating used unique voices for all main characters it really added to the book. Book well worth the credit.
I loved this book. Riveting. I could not stop listening. It is gritty and tough and will take you down into the mud and the blood. The language is raw but feels realistic.
The excursion into race relations was a bit longer than welcome but does not take away from the book's impact.
The book follows a young lieutenant as he arrives to Vietnam and begins to experience leadership and the bush. I loved the way his training came into play as various situations unfolded.
Narration was very effective and deserved the "narrator of the year" award.
As a marine who served in Viet Nam, this brings back old smells, feelings, and memories! I had my wife read this book, and she say's now she knows how a war can stay with a man his whole life. It's not like being there, but a person can get a pretty good feel for just how nasty it was, and I hope realize what a debt we owe to our fighting veterans.
Linda Fischer - Rick's wife
Excellent book! Hard to listen to at times because it was so "raw." I felt the anger, sadness, and fear. This is the first book I've read having to do with the Vietnam War. I believed 40 years after the loss of friends and a cousin I would be able to take it in stride. It was tough, but, I'm glad I read it.
Extremely well done novel of war amongst men, war against men, and man's inexplicable humanity to man in the face of man's inhumanity to man. The real deal.
This is the best account of what it was like for a USMC Rifle Platoon Commander in a battle zone with no real objective. It makes you wonder why we ever go to war. A "must read" for any American... military or civilian.
Thank you so much! This book is so well written and narrated!!! Must read for all who has ever been involved in the armed forces. Great read,
Made you feel what it was like being in the jungle, with all the discomforts that go along with being in such a war. The noise, heat, rain, lack of food or water, personal hygene, bugs, politics, discrimination, chain of command all tossed on an unsuspecting young man of maybe 18 years old, Not to mention the horror of being in harms way with death all around you and people wanting to kill you. God bless any man or women who ever went to battle for us who never did.