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Tod Mahony

Rhode Island | Member Since 2004

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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
    (4194)
    Performance
    (2363)
    Story
    (2364)

    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"
    "Best book of 2010"
    Overall

    It's only July but I'm not going out on a limb to say this is the best book I'll read in 2010. This novel made me better appreciate being alive. It also gave me insight into the shit our Marines and other armed forces dealt with in Vietnam, and continue to deal with, unbeknownst to the American population at large. A study in contrasts: life and death, day and night, friends and enemies, good and evil, the iniquities of class and race and the ultimate bankruptcy of all these concepts in the face of the final judgment which is ultimately dealt unto us by ourselves, if we're lucky enough to be conscious at the end. It's a great, rough ride. Thank you, Mr. Marlantes.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Lowboy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Wray
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Violet Heller, his desperate mother, is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing persons specialist, in a desperate attempt to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. As the stakes grow higher, Lateef gradually comes to realize that this is more than a case of a runaway teen: Will Heller has a chilling case history, and Violet - beautiful and enigmatic, harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Tight, Evocative Storytelling"
    "A joyless exercise"
    Overall

    This book has its merits, I liked a few turns of phrases, but on the whole I would rate it not worth the trip. If you are looking for a subjective fictional account of schizophrenia, this might be the book for you. You might also check out _The Eden Express_ by Mark Vonnegut if you're an avid tourist of mental illness, such as myself.

    That said, I will probably check out the author's other works because I'm a glutton for punishment and he's obviously talented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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