I served during Vietnam in U. S. Naval Security. I have very mixed feelings about the war. I'm an avid reader and listener, but this is the first book I've read about the Vietnam War. This is because of those personal mixed emotions. I'm very happy I listened to Up Country. It has affected me deeply. And, confirmed to me of the insanity of both Vietnam and the United States during that horrible time that now has become history. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Especially to anyone that lived through that time. It also makes me wonder about the books that will be written 20 or 30 years after the insanity of Iraq. I love my country, and I'm happy that I was of service to it. I would do it again. I just hope that one day we can learn from our mistakes and stop asking that our young men and women live and die through what was shown in this wonderful book.
I would recommend this book to everyone.
I loved all the characters.
Loved the reading.
In fiction the truth is often told.
I can't believe the poor reviews. Some people actually think they know what they're talking about. This was a very good book and story about actual things that are happening driven by the greed of the powerful. The characters and story was very believable. My grandparents were coal miners. My in-laws ancestry are from the back hills of VIrginia and West Virginia. I know first hand how coal mining treats people and the land. Wonderful, wonderful book.
I've been a fan of Flynn's and overlooked his right wing attitude, but this went way to far.
The treatment of US private citizens
He's always great!!!
Vince Flynn's ultra conservative views in this book are totally off the chart. I've been able to overlook it in the past. But, this book goes way to far. We are a nation of laws. The CIA IS NOT to do its operations on US citizens or US soil---PERIOD!! His writing may encourage & insight hate groups to commit some crimes. Anyone that agrees with his fantasy about what he thinks is right should seek therapy.
Another great book with my favorites Oliver Stone and the Camel Club. As with the previous books I couldn't stop listening. If you liked the others, you'll like this one. I was able to listen to it while warm and snug during a couple of days of cold and rainy weather. What a treat!
Rats!! All the the other Tanenbaum books in audible.com are abridged. I'm an avid reader and listener. I really enjoyed this book. I will listen to any of Tanenbaum's books that audible.com offers unabridged. It is a long book that kept my interest all the way through. I recommend it to anyone that likes a good story with a lot of different and often oddball characters.
I listen to A LOT of books on audible.com. This and Golden Compass received great ratings except for those who wrote a review. I see this often. I guess we have some literary critics who haunt audible.com. :) I found The Golden Compass and this book wonderful stories. The narration on both were great, and the music didn't bother me a bit. I'm starting the 3rd book with great expectation. If you like a well read, great stories then these books are for you.
I listen to a lot of books from Audible. I adored this book. It may be a little simple and predictable, but it is written in such a wonderful way that kept me listening. The main character is a man that I would like to be. Yes it has a wonderful ending, and I loved it. I knew how it would end, but that was one of the things I enjoyed most. If you like a good story about good people against bad poeple. This is for you. I highly recommend this book. The narrator was awesome.
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