Most books, including most non-fiction, work as audiobooks; this one doesn't. Don't be deceived by the cartoon caricature on the book's cover, this is a serious subject dealt with as an academic treatise, complete with numerous footnotes. This makes the narrative very choppy. To work as an audiobook, some serious editing would be required to weave the additional information in the footnotes into the narrative. The narrator's rather monotone delivery doesn't help.
As nearly a lifelong commercial and investment banker that sees how the profession has degenerated (some at the hands of former colleagues), this is topic that is of interest to me.
This is tough material that even the most gifted narrator might have had trouble making interesting.
In this case, if the subject is of interest, read the hardcopy edition. Alternatively, listen to Too Big to Fail or The Big Short and Boomerang (Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael Lewis, respectively).
I have just finished Matterhorn and am still reeling from the emotionally devasting ending (no, I won't spoil it for you).
This is an outstanding book and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job as narrator. I listened to this shortly after finishing War by Sebastian Junger. I also had the pleasure of listening to the pair of authors share a panel at the Miami International Book Fair. While one is "fiction" and the other not, the both had an incredible emotional effect on me. The horror of the Vietnam War and the cultural context of that era comes clearly through Marlantes' narrative.
One comment I would make is do not believe the synopsis from the publisher about the supposed struggle between an ambitious 2nd Lt. and a more senior veteran officer. I did not find that at all; I felt the central figure, Waino Mellis, to be totally believable and quite human.
I strongly recommend listening to the fine work!!
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