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  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Darwin8u says: "Grief, terror, love, longing"
    "A Non-Fiction Version of Heller's Catch 22"
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    I could see this book being studied and critiqued in a college literature class based solely upon its effective, unique writing style. The book is non-fiction, but you'll find yourself being captivated and lured into, and back out of, the unbelievable, insane narrative.

    The writer uses repetition and metaphors to show how war warps the individual mind. It reminded me, in style and content, of Joseph Heller's "Catch 22."

    In addition, Bryan Cranston did an outstanding job reading the piece. I had read this book in paperback, and gained much by listening to his performance.

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