This started out great but for me the narrative quickly spiraled into too many direction and the overall arc became confusing and disjointed. It was partially saved by the strong performance of the narrator.
Most likely not
Bryan is the only reason to finish this book.
I could have lived with the book, barely, but the "special" author written and read ending was just to much self serving whining.
The first part of the book was about the things they carried then it seemed like the author got off track into stateside stories & personal & past stories that weren't about Vietnam. It seemed like most of the book was about his thoughts in Vietnam & past stories why he thought that way. I give it 2 stars for some of the great stories & experiences in Vietnam but they were few. This book is more about his & other's stories here at home & small hits about his thoughts or other people there in the war. This book isn't much about anything the guys carried. The narrator was great.
This is a fantastic book that has great meaning.
So much relevance, besides the simple items themselves, but the servicemen who used them.
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.
A little to self absorbed
I preferred the operational aspects
Maybe too many drugs consumed by the writer during the experiences
The book began as a moving narrative about a platoon, but quickly turned into an outlet for the author.
It was interesting, but much more than a war story. It was not what I was expecting.
Brian Cranston could not have been a better choice for reader. His voice added a lot.
Say something about yourself!
While the explicit imagery sows the savagery and fear that I could only dream of, his memoirs seem desperate and shallow.
I guess there are precious lessons that only experience can teach, but this left me a little depressed