It is difficult to review this book without waxing so eloquent that potential readers/listeners won't become incredulous.
Without question, this is one of the most thoughtful and well written stories I have read in ages. It follows the lives of two young soldiers, Bart and Murph, as they go through basic training and are deployed to Iraq. For the next several months we follow them as they descend into the hell of war. The war and its players are not romanticized. Instead, the terror of war comes to life and the reader/listener has a front row seat as Bart (short for Bartle) chronicles the impact of this terro on him and Murph (short for Murphy). Considering that Bart made a commitment to protect Murph, his distress is compounded as he watches Murph slip away from him.
If you have ever wanted to understand war and its affect on warriors, this is the book for you. Be prepared for a strong emotional response, however. Not just because of the blood and guts (there is some of that) - but because of the the incredible psychological toll that war takes on everyone.
Graham did an outstanding job of narrating this story. His voice lent an authenticity to the story. He did a good job with multiple voices. But he did best at reflecting Bart's struggle to be a good person, a good soldier, and a good comrade. In the end, he did an outstanding job of portraying Bart's effort to understand the war and how it changed everything he knew about himself and those around him.
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