This is a must listen to audio book. The sheer power of this novel will transport you to a time and place of American history that will stay with you like never before. In no time you'll be propelled back to Vietnam fighting, sweating, cursing and feeling the pain and anguish of every character. I had no idea Bronson Pinchot was capable of such narration and my hat is off to you sir! A job well done by both writer and narrator.
The book truly brings you inside the heads of the various military participants. Instead of reading like a Stephen Ambrose novel of war-time first-person overviews, it takes you deeper into the true emotional and sensory experiences of the soldiers and the officers - and you appreciate the war (and the experiences of our military personnel) even more.
There is an unnamed extra character in the book at all times - due to the times and the forced mixing of races in the theater of military operations - and that is the racism of the participants. It is presented in such a stark and seemingly accurate way that you appreciate the authenticity of all of the interactions that much more.
Buy it to learn more about the Vietnam Conflict, and sit back and truly enjoy the ride into the lives and minds of all individuals put in harm's way.
I had never heard of this book before but did some research and crossed my fingers. It's a high standard of writing with excellent characters and a twisting story. Bronson Pinchot was great as the narrator. This is as intense as Platoon but its over 20 hours long. Can't imagine why anyone would not like this if they enjoy a good war story.
This is not a neat war story with heros who will swim up the Delta to take out a company of the bad guys with only a Kbar and bamboo blow gun. Instead, it is a story of the Vietnam War that includes the politics, egos, tactics, fear and camraderie that a new 2nd lieutenant experiences during his first tour in the bush. By the end of the book, you care and empathize with the book's characters and their contemporary comrades in Afganistan, Iraq. Be forwarned that the book uses language and depicts scenes that may offend some gentle Audible readers.
The narrator was good -- for the most part able to bring across the many different personalities presented in the book (both male and female).
I've listened to this recording twice now, the only one of over 100 audible audio books I have done this to, and am just as pleased with the story and narration the second time as with the first.
Karl Marlantes could only have written Matterhorn from personal experience; we've all seen the Vietnam War movies and read the various books / memoirs, and all told, I would have to argue that this book is probably the best first person story (fiction or not) ever told in this genre. You cannot help but be there through every step, emotion and experience of this freshly minted Lt and Bravo Company. It is a great story telling of the pain, waste, horror, comraderie, sacrifice, and joy experienced in this war.
No question the very best novel on the Vietnam war, I've read. Encapsulates the war into a few months as seen through the experience of one young Marine officer and one company. Solid characterizations.
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this is a great listen. awesome narration, great story. Bronson Pinchot does a 5star job. no joke, this one is worth a second and even third listen. not a waste of money or a credit. highly recommended!! don't miss it!!!
A fantastic book, whether you typically enjoy war novels or not. Beautifully written--subtle, painful, poignant, at times gruesome and at times nearly lyrical--Matterhorn and its characters will become part of the landscape of your consciousness.
Add to that the fact that Bronson Pinchot is stunning as narrator--his is one of the best readings I have ever heard, hands down (and I have listened to hundreds of audio books)--and you can't go wrong. Pinchot's voice may seem a bit flat in the first few minutes, but only because he is saving his unbelievable range for the characters that bring this book to life. Absolutely masterful reading.
Haunting, well-written book. You will not be disappointed.
Kind of seemed like the same old story of the Viet Nam war that has been told many times. Incompetent/brutal leadership puts a great bunch of boys in harms way. Repeatedly. Over and over again. And again. Oh, and once more. Got a little old and far-fetched after awhile. I watched the movie Platoon shortly after finishing this, and was struck by the similarities. Platoon, however, told the story in only 120 minutes.