Avsolutely. Both the work and the performance were absolutely top notch.
Bryan Cranston! Phenomenal actor with a fantastic voice bringing that talent to bear. Sometimes, one can tell that readers aren't putting their all into the work, but not here. He puts effort and an understanding and appreciation of the source material into his narration.
Wanted, yes. Able to, no.
once I started listening I could not stop... I had read this book several times through and decided to give the audio book a try when I saw who was narrating it... simply amazing.
I've had this book on my shelf for many years, but seeing Bryan Cranston as narrator made me finally "read" it. It has many good details about the Vietnam War and some anecdotes I hadn't heard before, like the story about the teenage girl who goes out with the Green Berets. But O'Brien is heavily dependent on iteration as a dramatic technique and I find it tiresome. Is it really important to the book that we be told, maybe 20 times, that the author is now 43 and that he's writing about himself at 23? There's a lot of this and I didn't find it effective, just time-consuming.
Kudos to Cranston though.
This was my first book about the Vietnam war. I could listen to Brian Cranston all day. Not sure if I would've stuck with it had he not been the reader.
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.
Disingenuous and over dramatized, there are many more better written books on Vietnam than this one. Do not waste your money!
First of all Brian Cranstons narration is terrific. The story is poetic but it is the epitome of the most depressed narrative that one can imagine coming from a Vietnam Vet. There is nothing re demon here, no happy ending, just emotional pain of a man who stopped living at age 23 and remained mired in the thick muck of a rice paddy in Vietnam.
Sadly his deceased buddy Kiowa, a devout Christian, should have been his guide. Kiowa dies in combat but lived fully while he was here. OBrien missed the message of hope that Kiowa lived and in the end gives the reader a sad tale of what happens to a greatly gifted wordsmith who chooses the path of bleak and purposeless nihilism over the road that leads from the harsh rocks of life to a bright and sunny shore.
A great book to read if you want the psychology of those who never allowed themselves to leave Vietnam.