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Baptism Audiobook

Baptism: A Vietnam Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only 23 years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles.

The bloodiest conflict of all began November 12, 1965, after 2nd Battalion was flown into the Ia Drang Valley west of Pleiku. Acting as point, Alpha Company spearheaded the battalion's march to landing zone Albany for pickup, not knowing they were walking into the killing zone of an NVA ambush that would cost them 10 percent casualties.

Gwin spares no one, including himself, in his gut-wrenching account of the agony of war. Through the stench of death and the acrid smell of napalm, he chronicles the Vietnam War in all its nightmarish horror.

©1999 Larry Gwin (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Forcefully written, engrossing narrative, and heartfelt descriptions of some of the bloodiest battles of the war." (Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, USA (Ret.), coauthor of We Were Soldiers Once... And Young)

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    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 03-07-15
    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 03-07-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Captivating... True war stories are fascinating!"

    Being only a civilian and never having served in any form of military life, I thought that I would have a hard time relating to the lingo and such, but the author did a very good job explaining every acronym and other terminology as he went along. That was very helpful and allowed me to experience the events as they took place as if I was there. The narrator did a great job as well and was very pleasant to listen to.
    This audio book was well worth my credit and I would recommend it to anyone - especially those who like nonfiction historical type books.

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    Brandon Mccloskey Vallejo, CA USA 05-26-16
    Brandon Mccloskey Vallejo, CA USA 05-26-16

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    "Great book"

    Very well narrated. the book was very well written as well. The only addition I would have enjoyed was if the author talked about going home.

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    Daryl Revlett 05-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Baptism again? Why?

    Great story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very annoying that the narrator had no knowledge of how words are pronounced by soldiers.

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    richard fox 05-04-16
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    "Great story of a front line grunt during Vietnam"

    Loved it. My dad served 3 tours in Vietnam with one of them in the 1st Cav in 65-66. He was in this unit

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    Richard 03-17-16
    Richard 03-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a man's life in a terrible place"

    How do you review a story about a life that was lived? all I can say is thanks for giving what you gave.

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    "Excellent Book"

    This is an excellent story. The narrator did a great job and the book keeps your attention. I highly recommend it.

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    "fabulous , no b.s. just the nitty gritty ,"

    just true account of the war. The good , the bad and the military way. A stand up look at how great we performed in combat. not in politics.

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    "Great narrative! Honest and self reflective. Some strange pronunciations from the narrator, though."

    I saw Larry Gwyn on a documentary about the Cavs first battle of Ia Drang and found him utterly captivating. This book is simply one of the best first-hand accounts of the war in Vietnam told from American perspective. It's thoughtful, reflective, and poignant. My only issue with this is the voice over artist. He's got a great voice and is captivating in the telling, but there are some extremely odd pronunciations and some interesting vocal choices. But the story is so good I can get past that.

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    Gary L Green Rockford, MI United States 07-19-15
    Gary L Green Rockford, MI United States 07-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    This story was one of the best one's about the war. Did not want to stop listening.

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    Larry Joe Steeley, Jr. 06-24-15
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    "Interesting story of hardcore fighting Vietnam style"

    I enjoy the narrator Todd McLaren which is why I bought this book. The events as written by the author were interesting but the storyline not as entertaining as Good To Go also narrated by Todd. This book was more historical of the accounts of the author based on his recollection of his time in Vietnam as an officer. It's good book worth reading but not my favorite.

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