I'm a Viet Nam vet and was offended by it. It makes us all look like we were young idiots with no moral fiber whatsoever. Some of those things happened but they were not typical of all of us. I served for 30 years, retired a Col. and do not think this book is good literature.
I decided to use my time being laid up to get smarter! In 18 months I've listened to over 200 books, mostly history, literature & biography.
My takeaway quotes/
✅They would repair the leaks in their eyes.
✅They used a hard vocabulary to contain the terrible softness.
✅...all the ways I might die...
✅ A true war story makes the stump believe.
Very detailed and touching story about the soldiers in Vietnam war from soldiers point of view.
Brian Cranston narration and voicing of characters is fantastic.
I cancelled my account after this book, though I did reopen it after a few months. I should have returned the book.
Great book. Learned a lot about the Vietnam war. 100 % recommended.
Stories that we all need to know.
Stories we all need to share
Sometimes even after a long drive, I want to keep listening! Haven't picked a bad listen yet.
It would be on my short list of favorites. Definitely worth the time.
One memorable story was when he spent time at the lodge in Canada with the old man while he was struggling with possibly dodging he draft. He learned about being a man and facing his responsibilities.
Bryan Cranston's voice was very appealing and fit the story well. I was a Cranston fan before and now I have learned more of his talents.
This is a book of interesting stories written in a way that you can almost see yourself sitting there as part of the story. I am glad I don't carry some of the things they have to carry in their minds forever.
The horrors of the Viet Nam war retold by a soldier who was there. Moving tale of an unjust war and slaughter of many young lives.
The believable narrator
His emotion and dramatic reading was spot on and insightful.
The Rainy River is captivating, best writing and reading I have come across in a long time. Cranston not only lends a face to the story, but a compassionate vulnerability that oozes the feelings of this young man who is faced with a life changing dilemma, no matter what choice he makes.
I would rewind and listen to specific parts again and again. The words, narration, point of view, mood, tone, all spot on. Beautifully painful book, thank you Tim O'Brein for allowing me the priveledge of hearing your story.
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 . . .