This book has more adjectives then a democratic convention. Fluff that takes it's time getting to the point. I found the story interesting but was VERY disappointed that 1) it is the abridged version 2) it isn't true. (my fault for not checking) Top that off with Oprah's reading. I've nothing against Oprah but there is a time and a place for everything. It's hard to get the feeling that a teenaged blond white girl is telling the story who has a voice and accent like Oprah's. Everyone in the story had a "unique" accent that didn't fit (or even come close to) the background they were supposed to be from. This is just a bad match.
The author includes very detailed desriptions of just about everything and leaves you with the feeling you now know more about both present and past Vietnam. For that part it is educational (I think). The story moved kind of slow with the same situations repeated over and over, check into hotel, meet evil Mong, sleep, wonder what the girl is up to, repeat. Some action but not enough for the 28 hours of listening.
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