I hesitated to download this book but I found it to be an interesting take on the war. Billy's trip home is alternately funny, sad, and eye opening, and I liked the book. Give it a try.
This very "male" story about war and soldiers and one infantry's experiences both in combat and in being home sheds light on several themes of war. The Bravo company comes home over Thanksgiving following a fierce battle in theater, to receive a heroes' welcome at a pro football game. The story surveys themes of war and its philosophical underpinnings: what is a hero? Can a soldier fit in to society upon return? Can civilians understand the cost of war? The best part of the story is its depiction of love and loyalty among the soldiers. But let me be clear: this story is funny, crude and full of rich description. It was a pleasure.
A vulnerable look at a group of soldiers on a hero's tour as seen through the eyes and memories of Billy Lynn.
Fantastic narration. I look forward to more by Oliver Wyman.
I almost put it down but struggled through. got some laughs oof me. But, really just a crude book not worth spending time on it. I hope none of it rubbed off on my. The reader did a good job with the voices though.
If not for a dreadful story, the author can actually write. Too often he used lists to describe an encounter, but other than that he does an excellent job of putting the reader in the story. Unfortunately, it is the most boring story ever told. It takes a ridiculous amount of time to cover a 4 hour time period and tell the reader absolutely nothing. It reminds me of the movie you start, hoping you'll fall asleep, yet stay awake bleary eyed just knowing it has to get better, only for it to end with ultimate disappointment. This one is not worth the time.
I don't particularly like a ton of profanity and books I listen to, but will tolerate some sprinkle through a book.The F word, and other profanity was used throughout the first five minutes of this book. I returned it for credit. Disgusting. I don't have any patience for a writer who is no more inventive than that.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
That is impossible (three words, right?). The publisher's review of this book says it much better than I can. This book is a masterpiece. Billy Lynn is a 19 year old Army grunt, one of the heroes of the Bravo squad. They found themselves in a firefight with Iraqi insurgents. Billy's closest friend, Shroom, catches fire near Billy, who rushes headlong into the middle of the battle to haul his fatally-wounded friend back to a trench. Shroom dies in Billy's arms. The entire moment is filmed by the embedded Fox news "medias," and the squad, with Billy its face, is squired around the country by a Bush administration determined to use them for all the desperate PR they can possibly muster. This amazing novel takes place mostly in one day at the end of the tour, when they are shown off by the slimy owner of the Dallas Cowboys. The writing is brilliant, the narration so completely right that you are glued to your position. This book is why we read.
Catch-22 is what comes to mind. The book deserves to be as wildly popular as the story of Yossarian. It is also hilarious, with wise humor that draws you in with the Bravos, and makes you understand their truly brave dedication, and yet the country's deep ambivalence about the war cannot be denied. Everywhere they have gone, they have been patted on the back, hand-shaken, heartily toasted by everyone who wants a little piece of them. They are deeply embarrassed by the entire production. I had no idea that the book is being released soon as a movie. This is art trumping life. The Cowboys owner, Norm, acclaims to the world that he loves them and is going to make a grand movie of their heroism. But just as in Hollywood, they are first seduced by the idea of getting paid $100K for their roles. Norm, a repulsive insect, makes one offer to them: $5500. Dime, their loving and off-the-wall sergeant, says in the middle of a meeting with himself, Billy, and Norm's forty yesmen that, "Norm loves us so much that he's gonna fuck us in the face!"
Every word. Every phrase. Every joke, with every double- and triple meaning that each one contains. Possibly my favorite is Billy's instant romance with a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, Faizon Zorn. Billy and Faizon fall spectacularly in love, with bombs bursting, ripped-off clothing, and breathtaking dry humping, all in the middle of the half-time spectacular. This scene, starring Destiny's Child, is everything humoungously tacky about the United States. It features the mandatory cast of thousands, choreographed like a Broadway production, selling the Cowboy brand with every sort of trash that the human mind can create. Mr. Wyman has a talent that makes you want to leap out of your seat and cheer.
This is another horrid question. I believe that Mr. Fountain can call his book anything that he wants to call it.
I am not a big fan of war novels. They do make good movies, as Steven Spielberg masterfully showed us with Sophie's Choice, and once again with Schindler's List. I don't know what other writing Mr. Fountain has done, but I will listen to it immediately. I will wait a while, and then listen to Billy's story again, since you can't possibly hear every wonderful, deeply felt word on your first listen. Bravo!!!
This book started off so badly, I felt rooked by the Audible editor's recommendation. HOWEVER, since I used a credit for this, I pluugged on. Who knew? It grew on me and I really liked it! It actually was worth listening to. Beware, there are strong stereotypes you just have to accept as honesty from the character and author's point of view. It is not politically correct. The narration was superb!
Too much of a stretch to be believed it's almost science fiction. War hero comes home to tour the US (flags of our fathers) the bangs a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Racial stereotypes. The author tried too hard to write something he doesn't seem to know a lot. I heard this was "the best novel about the Iraq War." needless to say this most not be that book. I heard they are making a movie. I won't be watching it. This book was a continuous let down.