With more than half a million copies sold, Robert Mason's Chickenhawk is one of the best-selling books ever written about the Vietnam War. Critically acclaimed for its unflinching detail, the book has been hailed by The New York Times as "a hypnotic narrative" and by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "very simply the best book so far out of Vietnam."
Fascinated with flying from a young age, Mason earned his private pilot's license even before graduating high school. He enlisted in the army in 1964 and endured an extremely challenging "weeding out" process in an effort to fly helicopters. Sent to Vietnam, he survived more than 1,000 air combat missions despite the violence and brutality exploding all around him. This completely honest account of one soldier's traumatic experiences provides a perspective often neglected in print and film - that of the helicopter pilot. Through L. J. Ganser's powerful narration, the shattering story of men who lived and flew in constant peril is vividly retold.
©1983 Robert C. Mason (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
Rarely review. More then 600 titles downloaded and this, by far, has been the best story I've listened. Waited years for this to come to audible.
Audio Addict Capt Kirk
It takes a little work if not a military buff (or pilot) but well worth the effort. Author lived a.n amazing life.
great story, no fluff, just a lot of real and sometimes tough situations.
narrator really nailed it.
I read this book in hardback many years ago.
If you've ever been in the military, especially if you've ever been in military aviation, you will love this book.
Not real sure what happened with this guy after he got out, but this book is awesome.
There are too few books like Chickenhawk. Having read the paperback I thought this narrated version would leave me cold. Nothing could be further from the truth. Fantastic voice over to a fabulous book. Thank you!
I went on a streak of Vietnam books for the last few weeks, and this has been my favorite. The author captures the terror, humor, and the mundane in an anti-surreal way. Rather than being carried off to another world by this book, I left it more firmly understanding that I live in the same world as the Vietnam War's. Moreover, the book is a slick and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
Loved this book! Difficult to find anything else on Audible dealing with the Vietnam War that's as fun to listen to as this. It was hard to turn it off and I was saddened when it was over. Mason, the author, sounds like a guy I would have loved to have been at war with, but I was born a few years too late. Get this if you want to learn and enjoy a story about helicopters and the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile in Vietnam. Probably every helicopter pilot in the army has read or listened to Chickenhawk.
The narration was great. Not sure why the narrator pronounced ARVN by it's initials (A.R.V.N.) instead of the commonly used "Arvin" as in all other Vietnam chronicles. But that was easily overlooked by how awesome, authentic and honest this book was.
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