This is in the top ten. The stories circle back and are retold with new details, new perspectives, new perspectives that reflect on life, death, friends, relations, and memory. It is not just a Vietnam/war book. It is a book on life.
Tim O'Brian: both the fictional one and the real one.
Bryan Cranston has the perfect world weary voice that reflects the humanity of the primary character as well as being adaptive to perfectly bring the other characters to life. He is a great actor. I do hope he narrates more books. Wow. I would give him more than five stars if possible.
Everything. The end was so perfect. I didn't see it coming as the end, but it hit home.
The final hour is the author speaking. This is the most honest and raw reflection on life that only makes the novel more powerful and real. Everything reflected in the book about truth and story are manifested in Tim's brutal truth and reflection. I am going to listen to this book again.
I was not looking for a war story about Vietnam when I purchased this audio book. Been there done that. I was looking for more Bryan Cranston after binge watching Breaking Bad and Malcolm In The Middle. I was not disappointed. The stories told in THE THINGS THEY CARRIED are wonderful. It is the most beautifully written book about the Vietnam era that I have ever experienced...it tells the story like I remember it. Well done Mr. O'Brien and Mr. Cranston.
The story ON THE RAINY RIVER
His clarity and enunciation and heartfelt presentation. I could tell he did this project because he loved the book.
It is a book I will listen to again and again...
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Vietnam described in ways you never expect . . . my husband (a retired SGM) and I listened to this on a road trip recently . . . at times we laughed, totally familiar with the military terms, at other times we were totally silent . . . no words . . . absolutely NO words to describe what we were feeling . . . this is not the patriotic, hero stories of comrades at war . . . it's the down in the crap (literally), sinking into despair, wondering what the hell you are there for, tale of soldiers trying to make it one day at a time in a war that nobody wanted to fight . . . it's truthful and hard to swallow . . . it's honest beyond anything I've ever heard on Vietnam . . . no matter what your politics, you need to hear it . . .
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book was first published in 1990 and was re-issued in 2013. In 1990 it won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Critics Circle Award, and the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The book is listed as fiction it is based on Tim O’Brien’s real life experience in the Vietnam War. O’Brian says writing as fiction gave him more leeway in character development and also in the story. The book’s opening with the title, “The things they carried” shifted from mundane to meaningful in telling what they carried for example: mosquito netting, machetes, pens, letter from a girl. By the end of the story you know the men, and have a good sense of what they are up against. The book also discusses O’Brien’s visit to Vietnam with his wife visiting the area he served in during the war. The book goes back and forth between the pass and the present time frame. Over all it is an interesting read. Bryan Cranston did a good job narrating the book. If you are interested in the Vietnam War you should read this book.
The thing I loved the most about The Things They Carried was how real Tim O'Brien made it. Of course a lot of it was real and true.. some of it was made up to add more of a story feel, but most was real events. He goes on to explain this exceptionally well in the book. There was more than once where I sat listening and I wasn't in my car driving anymore, I was sitting in the boat with him and the old man, I was stuck scared sinking in the muck of a field of shit, I was seeing the horrors of what the Vietnam war was. I believe that was what O'Brien wanted. He said that he wanted the reader to feel what happened. For me, I felt it the best I could without actually experiencing it. This book was amazing and it definitely provokes emotions and feelings.
How it felt like I was part of Alpha company. It made me care about the soldiers and feel the hardships they went through. It also does a good job of showing the other side.. The Vietnam War was a very complicated event in our worlds history.
This is the only one I've listened to. I've seen him on shows of course, but never listened to him narrate a book. He did an amazing job.
Yes and no. Yes because the story is engaging and it makes you feel. It's good and you want to know what happens. No because it makes you feel. I mean some of the stories were heart wrenching. I had to take a break just so I could collect my thoughts and process what I was hearing. This is a story that you'll want to sit on for a bit, to really think about what you're hearing.
This was my first book by Tim O'Brien. It was a great book and I'd recommend it to anyone. Definitely give it a try. I got it on sale and it was a steal. It's worth every penny.
I enjoyed OBrien's use of "story truth" utilizing fictional license to tell the important truths that strict adherence to the facts may prevent
People who can endure a fictional (sometimes fantastical) story in a historically valid setting.
No, because in a way "Killer Angels" is fiction as well, but did a fantastic job.
Great voice, good smooth reading.
The scene of the girl who visits the remote medical base.
It was just not for me. It's possible I need my stories to be closer to non-fiction.
This book is rightfully considered to be one of the best novels in the last 25 years.While many people would consider this a great " Vietnam" war novel, it transcends the limitations of such a classification. Simply, it is Great Literature.
Bryan Cranston eloquently reads and interrupts O'Brian's novel with a dynamic performance. Well Done!!
I'd heard that this book was important and even life-changing, and it proved true. I'm struggling right now with whether I should get the older ladies in my book club to read it too; but they're a bit squeamish and the book is--well, very true to the late 60s and Vietnam years. That was their time, but I think they missed it overall. Hmmmm, maybe that's the best reason to get us all to read it and see it again, from the true side.
I had heard so much about this book, but I have to say it wasn't what I expected. O'Brien is a great writer, but I found the book a bit disjointed. Parts of it were disturbing, and alot of the book is really quite sad, but it just wasn't what I was looking for. The narration, however, is spot on - great job by Cranston.