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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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    Robert Orland Park, IL, USA 09-24-07
    Robert Orland Park, IL, USA 09-24-07 Member Since 2005
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    "As raw as it gets"

    David Bellavia's memoir "House to House" describes the intense fighting and the sacifices made by our forces in Iraq in raw detail. If you are looking for a first-hand account of what is really going on in Iraq then this is the book you should download. David, thank you for your service to our country.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    james EXTON, PA, United States 06-05-12
    james EXTON, PA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow, Best of this type!"
    Where does House to House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top. Story is just amazing and author brings you along so well.


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

    when author fights by himself in the house near the end of the book. Also when he recounts his interactioins with his son it just tore me apart. Reminded me of my son and having to leave him and his mother when I travel.


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

    Have not listened to one of his other performances but this was truely stellar.


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

    You bet....but I forced myself to break it into little pieces to make it last.


    Any additional comments?

    I was thinking this would be similar to many other similar books I read but I was absolutely floored by the emotion, and the feeling that pours forth from this book. Only regret is not purchasing sooner. You will judge other books of this type by this book from now on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Turramurra, Australia 01-15-12
    Michelle Turramurra, Australia 01-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best audio books I have listened to"
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    This book gives a brilliant insight of what it was like to be in the US Army, in Iraq, post Saddam. The author is very funny, honest and doesn't spare the listener from any of the horrors of war. This is a book you must get.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11
    K. Labidi Los Angeles 08-04-11 Member Since 2007

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    "excellent writing, story and narration"

    I think this is a great book. I've read or listened to many books about the wars in Iraq (including another that focused on Fallujah) and AFG. and think this is one of the best. Although I like almost all of the other books, this one really gives a sense of what the weeks, days and hours for Staff Sgt. Bellavia and his unit were like (unrelentingly brutal). It gives details about things I've never thought about before - what it's like to have lacerations from flying shrapnel all over ones face and body in a filthy, bacteria laden environment (the result is intense infection), or the consequences of not being able to take off combat boots for days on end (painful, rotting feet) - and those are just a couple of the "little" things.

    I wish every American would read this. As our troops return from multiple deployments, it's extremely important that the general population be educated about what they've endured. I can't imagine anyone reading this without coming away more understanding of and compassionate towards our combat veterans (and active duty service members).

    Finally, I can't say enough good things about the narrator - he is fantastic.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel PA, USA 09-23-08
    Nigel PA, USA 09-23-08
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    "From the Ground"

    This is one mans view of the US assault on Fallujah, if you want an overview of strategy this is not the book for you. This is about the struggle of Staff sergeant Bellavia and his platoon as they fight house to house in the city of Fallujah. Personally I like the detail and the perspective from the man on the ground, no gloss, no political spin, just the raw details as he sees them. The saying "someone has to do it" in never more appropriate than in this book. War is not clean, surgical or all electronic yet... We still rely on the "Warrior" despite the spin often portrayed in the media. The book does not always read well but this is not meant to be a classic this is one mans perspective and I think he does the job well. You have to admire anyone who is prepared to place themselves in harms way in situations like this, God Bless our troops may we always support them, despite the social/political climate.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 06-25-13
    Janet C. Walker Summerville, SC 06-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Excellent!"

    SSG Bell relates his story of the battle of Fallujah and completely involves the reader. Fascinating and can't put down story everyone ought to read(listen). It makes you want to scramble for your flac vest. Oh, I left mine in the arms room 35 years ago. What these men went through does not compare at all to my 20 plus years in the Army and makes me need to back up to the pay table for my retirement check. Heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time.

    Hooah, hell Thank god for the American soldier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 10-26-11
    james COCKEYSVILLE, MD, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    This is a great book. Not good, great. Full-on immersion into the life of an Army Infantryman from go (wading through sewage to get to an objective), no blinders or Political Correct-washing.

    Fast, hard, and real - and read by the great Ray Porter.

    J

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    Steven Sydney, Australia 10-28-11
    Steven Sydney, Australia 10-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, well read and written"

    Really good honest account of a soldiers time in a battle zone. Reflects the brutal reality of life in combat as an Infantry man.

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    Trevor Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-24-09
    Trevor Los Angeles, CA, USA 03-24-09
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    "The Best Audiobook I've Ever Listened To"

    The writing is detailed, intense, and present, and HUGE kudos to the excellent narrator for bringing that all through. I spent A LOT of time in my car, after having parked for the day, just to listen to more of this book. Superb.

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    V Ember Utah, USA 07-25-14
    V Ember Utah, USA 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Gripping"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was listening to this at every opportunity over the day or so I took to complete it. Exciting, thought provoking and utterly gripping. I'm so glad I purchased this and if it was physical book I think it would be in a prominent position on my shelf. This download will be listened to again without a doubt.


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    The narrator really brought the characters to life

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  • Matt
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    "Great content, great listen"

    The depth of the content is great and the authors takes you too the heart of the battle and keep you there. The way the guys are feeling and acting is all put out there for you to get involved. It's well narrated and the sound quality is also good. A must listen.

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  • Thomas
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    "pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together"

    I downloaded this because I'd just finished watching Generation Kill on TV and it got me really interested in the lives of military personnel. I did enjoy this book. It feels like an honest portrayal - the storyteller comes over as very brave and strong but also fallible and, on several occasions, a little bit deranged. And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. The bits I liked least were the (long) battle scenes. He doesn't give any real sense of time so you never know whether the events are spread over days or just minutes. Also he seems to take a lot of very odd decisions which kind of jar with the narrative. I'm sure a lot of us would do some strange things under that kind of stress, but it's never really explained. But overall still a worthwhile and interesting listen and a good insight into the life of a soldier

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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