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Michael

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  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4655)
    Performance
    (2787)
    Story
    (2787)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Gripping, heart-rending and realistic - a classic!"
    Overall

    I'm not a war-story fan, especially about Vietnam, which was too close for comfort for my life. But this novel is a masterwork. The realism, the terror, the ambition, the racial tension, the heroism, the losses, the grudging regard for the enemy, the futility and anger over taking a hill only to abandon it ... all the things you feel you knew about Vietnam but, after reading this book, you realize that - unless you were there - you really knew nothing about it. And instead of the typical bang-bang, blow-it-all-up type of ending so often gratuitiously employed, this novel comes to a perfect, thoughtful, poignant conclusion. Ranks right up there with All Quiet On The Western Front, Apocolypse Now, and such. Now I understand what our 'Nam veterans really went through and how strong they truly were and are.

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