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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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    Bryce United States 05-05-12
    Bryce United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unbelievable"
    What did you love best about House to House?

    Everybody should listen to this book before deciding on how they feel about the war on terror.


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

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    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Awesome


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

    Beginning to End


    Any additional comments?

    David Bellavia for Congress!!!!

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    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-08-12
    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 03-08-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very powerful book"

    Whatever your feelings about the war in Iraq, you will find this book compelling, horrible, heartbreaking, and uplifting, all at once. Bellavia is (seemingly) completely honest, utterly introspective and self aware, and, it turns out, a damn fine writer. The narrative is, for the most part, tight and taught; the book well edited. Porter does a fantastic job narrating this book. I recommend it to everyone, conservative and liberal alike.

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    brian flint, MI, United States 02-19-12
    brian flint, MI, United States 02-19-12
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    "It was Like Being there!"
    Where does House to House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the Top Ten War Stories!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Solider involed in the Hand to Hand fight to the Death!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Any Good Narrator would have been good with that material!


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

    Just to know what it was like to see a man die by your own hand up close and personal!


    Any additional comments?

    It just was another GREAT Book about the latest War of America and How it affects the Young Men we send to fight and die in it!

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    Aaron Fontana, CA, USA 02-14-10
    Aaron Fontana, CA, USA 02-14-10
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    "Any Amazing Listen!"

    I have listened to this audio book two times and I will likely listen again. Ray Porter provides an EXCELLENT read for a book filled with suspense, tension and emotion. Staff Sergeant David Bellavia is truly an American hero!

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    Brigham Seattle, WA, USA 07-08-09
    Brigham Seattle, WA, USA 07-08-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent and Vivid"

    This is a superb book about Iraq and the narrator is the best reader I have heard on audible so far. Very vivid and engaging story. Incredibly well written.

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    Kevin irvine, CA, USA 05-13-09
    Kevin irvine, CA, USA 05-13-09
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    "Wear Body Armor"

    This was a fantastic book. Combined with Michael Ware's work and Yuri's photographs you get a very real look at the work being done by our soldiers abroad. Door by door you live with SSG Bellavia and his crew as they fight through Fellujah. If you want to hear a soldier's unfiltered point of view this is a great read.

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    Robert GOLDENS BRIDGE, NEW YORK, United States 07-05-13
    Robert GOLDENS BRIDGE, NEW YORK, United States 07-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply an Awful Book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Clearly, most Audible listeners would enjoy it more as the book got good reviews.


    What was most disappointing about Staff Sergeant David Bellavia and John Bruning ’s story?

    Much of the book is dialog on speed; constantly frantic; very difficult to listen to. I have to accept that people spoke like this in the Iraq deployment since I wasn't there. To me, it sounds like the ravings of adolescents who have overdosed on steroids. I was not at all persuaded that this is the bearing of a skilled and professional soldier. Given that the US infantry was outfitted with night vision glasses, multiparty communications, and the most modern weapons systems, it appears they made a lot of mistakes; perhaps some due to raging egos. The sergeant constantly demonstrated an 'attitude' towards officers. He sounded downright insubordinate. In his own descriptions he appears mentally unstable. Again, I wasn't there, but it seems unlikely that the results would warrant keeping a person like this in a sensitive position in the military (fighting house-to-house).

    The book seems to assume that readers would agree that Iraq was a just war fought for the Iraqis. The writer appears committed to the importance of the the US involvement in Iraq, but there should be at least some mention of the widely held belief that the war was sparked by government claims of WMDs.

    By the time I reached the end of the book (the epilogue is interminable), I wanted to wash my hands to cleanse myself of the awful way in which this man treated his family. If you are a fan of intelligent non-fiction about war, try William Shirer, Rick Atkinson, or Cornelius Ryan, not this poorly written book which sounds like an action movie without video.


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    Marlene 05-03-09
    Marlene 05-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "If I could give it minus one, I would ..."

    I realize that these are supposedly tough military guys who are "talking" in the book, but I did not expect (or believe) that the American Military in general have such small vocabularies that they need to add a four letter word in front of every noun and verb. Absolutely filthy language. An important story that needed to be told by someone who was there, but did it have to be in such a common, crude way? I did not even bother downloading part 2.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful
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