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Carnivore Audiobook

Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

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Publisher's Summary

As commander of the Carnivore - the most lethal Bradley Fighting Vehicle of the Iraq War - Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2,000 confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma - which developed from the radiation poisoning he suffered discharging 5,000 uranium rounds in combat - despite learning he had a 1 in 4 chance of survival. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Performing overwatch protection for his fellow troops, he is officially credited with 121 snipers kills, believed to be the most ever by a U.S. Army sniper and second only (across all branches) to Chris Kyle. After finishing his 21-year career in the military in 2006, Johnson became a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in Carnivore, this decorated hero tells his amazing story.

Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before. It is the story of a poor kid from Kentucky who has beaten extraordinary odds and a loving husband and a devoted father of four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. It is a story only one man can tell.

©2013 Dillard Johnson and James Tarr (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Fred ODell 11-23-16
    Fred ODell 11-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a bad story"

    As a 19D the served with 3ID (HHC 1/64 AR) during OIF/OIF III. I will say that his story is highly embellished. With some of it being nothing more then bullcrap. The author also uses the wrong acronyms quite a few timez. Which twlls me he didn't have a fact checker.

    It's a decent story though.

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    Alex Sousa 11-21-16
    Alex Sousa 11-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Raw and Visceral Excellence"

    Very real, uncut and personal storytelling. Really brought me back, put me in his shoes.

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    "bulletproof"

    This book is meant to be on the big screen. What a hard headed push forward mini might, great stories of the Battle's and struggles he went through.Great insight and depth in to the making of a Tank man.


    I really loved this book and the Performance of the reader was great, easy to get into and follow.

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    mike 08-16-16
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    "Amazing story."

    As an Iraq war veteran of the campaign, this book hit a sweet spot. I can't vouch for the facts but I can say it's a great read!

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    Appomattoxheatingandair 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "cocky and I like it"

    loved it couldn't put it down. finished it in one setting. God bless our troops and wonderful Americans like this man.

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    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 11-02-13
    Carlos Brunswick, ME, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for anyone seeking battle stories."
    What did you love best about Carnivore?

    I wasn't looking for political commentary, just action. This book has lots of action.


    What other book might you compare Carnivore to and why?

    It reminds me of the Carlos Hathcock book.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    He has the proper voice for this type of storytelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It wasn't, but I completed it in less than two days.


    Any additional comments?

    There is little emphasis upon motivations, philosophy, and political drama in this book. I like that a lot. This takes you directly into the action.

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    Steve Crane 08-05-13
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    "An entertaining audio book"

    I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.

    John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.

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    "Don't waste your money"

    The book is written by a spoofer, Google his name and make up your own mind, I'm sorry I didn't before I gave him my money.

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  • Jackson
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    "liar"

    Thought it sounded fabricated. Turns out his men said he made it all up and that most of the stuff didn't happen.

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  • Roystoned
    7/12/15
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    "The harsh reality of war"

    Great reading of a book that transforms you inside the Bradley. Amazing story well read and I am looking forward to hearing it again.

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  • Ade
    5/29/15
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    "Great book, awesome narration"

    A matter of fact War memoir read by John Pruden, (awesome reading ) . Reminds people that freedom doesn't come free, heroes die so we can have it.

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  • Craig Fisher
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    5/28/15
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    "a great book, extreme, entertaining, honest"

    well worth a listen if you understand and are comfortable with truthful military recollections, thanks

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  • Mike
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    "Really amazing story!"

    A truly remarkable first hand account of modern warfare. Thoroughly gripping, funny and very enjoyable.

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