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House to House: An Epic Memoir of War | [Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning]

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits.

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.

©2007 David Bellavia; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    B Mizz 07-03-15
    B Mizz 07-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping and telling"

    Great book. Narrator does a great job. Definitely worth buying. I have listened to this a couple times now.

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    ImTheTypeOfGuy 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Book On the Use of Expletives"

    It's hard to remember much of the story due to the overuse of curse words. I get that there are all kinds of people in this world and they are under extreme stress but it adds no value to the story.

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    richard olson 05-27-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Top 5"
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    The top 5 of my hundreds of military audibles I've downloaded. I think I'm in the few hundred titles to be exact. Great books but sometimes the narrator can ruin a good listen. Patrick Lawlor to be specific. Great diction, a great reader, but not war stories please. His idea of say a gristled gunnery is painful

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    scott 05-13-15
    scott 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "BRUTAL!"

    Unrelenting, personal and vicious. An account of modern urban warfare during the second battle of Fallujah that leaves nothing to the imagination.

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    Ian Silver 03-20-15
    Ian Silver 03-20-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Powerful and moving"

    Riveting story. Excellent narration. A great testament to the incredible courage and ability to endure of the modern combat infantryman. Also shone a light on the ferocity of the battle of Fallujah. If I had been there, I probably would have been huddled in a corner crying for mommy. Makes me appreciate how much soldiers sacrifice. Highly recommend.

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    Albert 01-23-15
    Albert 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unlike Any War Book I've Ever Read"
    Where does House to House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3. I've read almost 10 specifically relating to military accounts (non-fiction) that occurred after 9/11.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time, he's one of the best I've listed to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    95% of the book was very intense.


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    Orph4n_1vy 01-10-15
    Orph4n_1vy 01-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Brutal, honest, and entertaining."

    This is the real deal. What was endured and what is told here reveals an important and overlooked aspect of what it was really like on the ground in Iraq. Learn something of the sacrifices, the bonds, and the stress of facing the unknown-- the chaos. It is gripping, poignant, and at times, funny. But it is not for the faint of heart. If you're familiar with or interested in this type of genre / military memoirs, this will not disappoint. It definitely provided a deeper insight into the Army than other flashier titles from those of the Special Operations communities; I enjoy all of them though.

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    KINGFHB 11-10-14
    KINGFHB 11-10-14
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    "True Heroes"
    Would you listen to House to House again? Why?

    This book was incredible. It captured the real military "hurry up and wait" in the beginning, and then once the action started, you can't turn it off. It's a combat narrative that is written by SSGT David Bellavia... a true hands-on account of the battle of Fallujah and how this Army Infantry Platoon was performing an 11 day house to house search to drive Enemy Forces out of the city. There are times where you feel that the author isn't going to make it out of the situation, then you remember, Wait, he wrote the book! It's gripping!!! This guy killed FIVE insurgents in what came down to hand to hand combat, along with countless others throughout the city during the push that left them surrounded and far ahead of all other forces entering the area.

    From entire houses rigged to explode when entered, to straight up ambushes and assaults by the enemy. SSGT Bellavia earned The Bronze Star, The Silver Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross (New York State's highest military honor).

    This book will keep you glued to it until the last page is turned. Truly a great book and I will read it again!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    SSGT David Bellavia... a true American Hero who never gave up no matter what the enemy threw at him.


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

    I wish I had the time to listen to the entire book all in one sitting. I found myself looking for opportunities and time to listen to more each day!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen United States 10-16-14
    Karen United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2011

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    "A Masterpiece!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is a phenomenal story of battle and brotherhood, read by (in my humble opinion) the finest audio book narrator EVER.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of the author as a human shines through. I love the camaraderie the men share, and the lengths they are willing to go to for one another. War is terrible, but for some men it brings out the very best of human nature. Absolutely incredible. And even with the serious subject matter, there were several times I laughed out loud!


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You are probably all tired of hearing me say that Ray Porter is the God of Audio. TOUGH!! I'm gonna say it again!! With his masterful telling of the story, each character is immediately recognizable and you get a real sense of the person. Mr. Porter, if you ever read these reviews, I'd like to personally thank you for the hundreds of hours we've spent together. You are a genius!


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

    Yes, but circumstances dictated otherwise. I will listen to this book again.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to know what a stand up guy Mr. Bellavia is? He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the second Battle of Fallujah and he never once refers to that award in the book. Instead he focuses on the bravery of his comrades while openly discussing his own perceived shortcomings and fears. He is a true Hero. Bless you, Sergeant Bellavia.

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    V Ember 07-25-14
    V Ember 07-25-14

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    "Excellent Iraq War Memoir"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it to any friend who is not squeamish about profanity and blood. This is an exceptional first hand account of the war in Iraq. It was stunning in its detail and emotion.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire Battle of Falujah.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction came when I was on a long drive and, upon getting to the end of part 1, realized that I had not downloaded part 2 yet. I was so immersed that I desperately wanted to keep listening. Otherwise, the book reinforces the truism that "war is hell" and the books dispels any notion that Iraq was any less of a hell than other wars.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can handle the profanity and the graphic accounts of warfare and bloodshed, this is a great book. I would not recommend for any child, unless they are considering a career in the military, in which case I think it would prepare them for what might come.

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