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House to House Audiobook

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

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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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    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!


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    Karen United States 10-16-14
    Karen United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2016

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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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    Cindy Cooke Kalamazoo, MI United States 07-14-14
    Cindy Cooke Kalamazoo, MI United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Should be required reading for every citizen"
    Would you listen to House to House again? Why?

    No, but only because it is such a vivid portrayal of the work of infantrymen in an urban warfare environment. I was exhausted and angry after listening to the book because we gave up Fallujah and the rest of Iraq without a whimper.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House to House?

    There are almost too many to mention but the one that stands out is the blackly humorous description of SSgt Bellavia trying to tell his angry commander that one casualty had shrapnel in his penis while simultaneously trying to keep this information from the wounded soldier. The other was the scene where a REMF (rear echelon MF)


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Ray Porter's narration of this book was superb. Probably the best narrated book of the HUNDREDS I have listened to over the years.


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

    Yes


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    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 07-07-14
    Perry Menifee, CA, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Gritty Urban Warfare Tale...."

    Gritty tale of the the Army's often overlooked role in the battle of Fallujah. While we celebrate the glamour of special operations units in war. The line infantry is repeatedly neglected. This story provides a good perspective on the experience of a line infantry company completely ensconced in battle for 30 days. It will hold your attention.

    At the end, I sense that SSG Bellavia (as many soldiers do) was longing for the intensity and comradeship of his battle mates. After all, soldiers don't fight for the generals or the commander in chief, they fight for the guy standing next yo him in the foxhole.

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    Justin NEPHI, UT, United States 11-29-13
    Justin NEPHI, UT, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awsome!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book for anyone looking for something that will keep your attention


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    Dennis United States 10-11-13
    Dennis United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF WAR"

    This is a first hand account of the horrors and sometimes incredible stupidity of war. Don't look for the reasons why we go to war but experience through the authors and narrator what it means to be in combat, sometimes hand to hand combat. My services in the Army taught me that you can become numb to almost anything and this book reminded me of those times. It also reminded me of the so often stupidity of superior officers who dress like field combat soldiers but sit comfortably behind desks in safe offices and never, ever even come close to combat. And of those politicians in Washington who send young troops to war, young men and women to fight battles for reasons unknown while the politicians pompously wait for their drivers to take them to the nearest pub for a free meal and drinks. Cynical am I, you bet but that comes from experience. This is a really worthy book. Not always easy to read and sometimes a little gritty. The language is that of a soldier, not a Harvard educated author but that is reality. You may be angry at the end but you should be proud of those who serve and you will be better off with a clearer understanding of war for having read this book. .

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    Grandspud So Cal 07-13-13
    Grandspud So Cal 07-13-13 Member Since 2014

    "No matter where you go... there you are."

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    "Action Packed and Riveting"
    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to many books based upon the experiences of warriors. Uniquely, House to House was almost 100% action. The other books I read "fluffed" their chapters with flashbacks to boot camp, drinking tales, bar fist-fight, macho guy stories, training... Not this time! In House to House you quickly hit the ground in Fallujah and it is one hell of a no nonsense, nonstop fight all the way to the final chapter.

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    Thomas.a.Caldwell Hettinger, ND, United States 02-13-13
    Thomas.a.Caldwell Hettinger, ND, United States 02-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "So True"
    What made the experience of listening to House to House the most enjoyable?

    I felt like I was there again. Clear Concise about the horrors of way and clearing houses and the unknown. Every Politician needs to read this before sending soldiers into harms way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Down to earth and honest not bias one way or another.


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    Norvin redding, ca, United States 02-04-13
    Norvin redding, ca, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "very sobering view of what happened in fallujah"
    What made the experience of listening to House to House the most enjoyable?

    not so much enjoyable but eye-opening. If you had read the papers or watched the television news only the marines were in that battle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way SSgt Bellavia talk about his men.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no favorite scene's only horror upon horror


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

    Being a VietNam vet it was very emotional at times.


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