Wow. I don’t normally listen to war books, so in that respect finishing Matterhorn was a tough project for me. However, this book is a great example of why I love audiobooks. Bronson Pinchot’s narration really brought this book to life in a way that did much more than just make this book “palatable” for me…it actually sucked me in. No way would I have made it through this book if forced to read a physical copy. Despite being fiction, the story is certainly an eye-opening take on the Vietnam War, especially knowing that the book is written by a Vietnam veteran.
Just a warning: this book probably isn’t a good choice for people with a low tolerance for swearing and vulgar language. The language didn’t feel gratuitous…you get the sense that this is just how the soldiers communicated with each other.
Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.
Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.
Great story and fantastic narration. I have nothing to add on that front.
About the quality, however...once an hour a sentence repeated itself. I'm assuming they recorded from a CD where the last sentence of a disc is repeated as the first sentence of the next disc. Also, the last 40 minutes of Audible's Part 3 were repeated at the beginning of Part 4. Not at all on par with Audible's usual quality...surprising and disappointing that they would let one of their best sellers go out in this condition.
The narrator captures the emotions and characters well. My biggest problem with her narration is that she seems to use what I'm assuming is supposed to be a Midwestern dialect. However, for a listener from the Midwest, it just sounds like a Fargo-like parody of the Minnesota dialect. No Midwesterners I know (not even the Minnesotans I know) talk like these characters. I found it really distracting. I did notice one other similar review that commented about this...from a fellow Midwesterner.
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