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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Audiobook
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Written by: 
Ben Fountain
Narrated by: 
Oliver Wyman
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Audiobook

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

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"The narrator, Oliver Wyman...imbues each member of Bravo Company with a thoughtfully defined character: Billy is unschooled but far from stupid, and Wyman walks that line effectively. The book's pages display words adrift in space, spelled phonetically...but Wyman manages to give each word and phrase the sensibility of the typographical tricks." (John Schwartz, The New York Times Book Review)

Publisher's Summary

A rerelease of this award-winning, critically acclaimed novel just in time for its major motion picture release, directed by two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee; screenplay by Jean-Christophe Castelli; and featuring Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, and Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel and Steve Martin.

A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents - caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide victory tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of a Dallas football team, slated to be part of the halftime show.

Among the Bravos is Specialist William Lynn, a 19-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and "support our troops" bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the team owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these faces Billy sees those of his family - his worried sisters and broken father - and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms.

Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years.

Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a searing and powerful novel that has cemented Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.

Motion picture artwork ©2016 CTMG.

©2012 Ben Fountain (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    mcg Seattle, WA 02-25-13
    mcg Seattle, WA 02-25-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Captures the Texas Homefront Zeitgeist of the War"
    If you could sum up Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk in three words, what would they be?

    Soldiers meet home front


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk?

    the tour of the equipment room and the locker room


    Which scene was your favorite?

    there are too many to isolate


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

    I found this book familiar, funny and sad. It has very interesting incites on domestic patriotism in contemporary American (Texan) Society. Everyone loves the troops, to the extent they can leverage them or co-brand. I was in the military and ther perspective is definitely familiar.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-13-13
    Elisabeth Durham, NC, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    I had heard so much buzz about this book, I expected to love it or at least laugh out loud at moments. Billy Lynn is ok. Fountain wants us to believe that Billy Lynn is really struggling with returning to Iraq after coming back to the US on leave after a significant skirmish victory. The problem is that there really never seemed to be a question as to whether or not he would return with his squad; just that he is getting some pressure from his sister to act a certain way. That said, the main conflict was not believable for me. What was more intriguing was 19 year old Billy's observations of successful businessmen and what it took for them to succeed. This seemed to provide impetuous for Billy, perhaps for the first time, to think about his long term future, not just day by day living. Billy Lynn is not a bad book; I just think that it was overhyped.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan K Treiman new york city 12-31-12
    Susan K Treiman new york city 12-31-12

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    "Great performance, ordinary book"

    While there were flashes of insight and some well-turned phrases, the majority of this book was a bit of a tedious read. Same old, same old relevations about war, America, etc., with a bit of cheerleader fantasy added in. I really did not like the story itself, but I loved the narrator's delivery. He was able to capture each character with an entirely different voice and persona, which made this a far more tolerable listening experience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David STAMFORD, CT, United States 12-28-12
    David STAMFORD, CT, United States 12-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Guys on Teams"

    This book just kept getting better. The novel takes place in one day, at one football game. The more I listened, the more surprises and turns of plot. The author has a great feel for 2004 and life in Texas and football and film agents and guys on teams and, yes, young love. The narrator was very strong, good with his characters' voices. I will read The Yellow Birds next, the other highly praised Iraq war novel--but this one was entertaining and insightful. Very sympathetic characters too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 06-10-12
    Erik Louisville, KY, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "No Catch-22 But Still An Entertaining Novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes.

    Ben Fountain’s new novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, has been compared to Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. Such comparisons are optimistic.

    Billy Lynn's is a light if entertaining read that takes predictable potshots at Texas, former President Bush, conservatives and United States military strategy, the last a subject so complex and so interconnected to political and economic initiatives that many are simply too ill educated to discuss the topic knowledgeably. But that doesn’t stop anyone from trying, which is one of the points of Fountain’s book.

    Read Billy Lynn's for entertainment value. Don’t read it thinking it possesses the same brilliance as Catch-22; you’ll most likely be disappointed.

    That’s not to say Billy Lynn's isn’t without insight. The book boasts a few wondrous moments (mostly humorous) and some well-crafted passages that prompt serious introspection.

    Here’s but one example of a critical thought I suspect Fountain spent quite a bit of time polishing: “How does anyone ever know anything? The past is a fog that breathes out ghost after ghost, the present a freeway thunder run at 90 miles per hour, which makes the future the ultimate black hole of futile speculation.”

    That’s good stuff.

    It should be noted I found the narration quite good, too. The narrator's timely inflections and regional accents added to my enjoyment of this novel, definitely adding a star to the overall rating.


    Would you recommend Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end.


    Was Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk worth the listening time?

    Yes


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ljshopper 03-31-15
    ljshopper 03-31-15
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    "Boring and horribly mis-matched reader"

    I want those hours of my life back. Next to no plot, annoying characters and wen worse reading. Boring b

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jenna 09-04-14
    jenna 09-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "couldn't do it"
    What could Ben Fountain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    lack of plot. two hours in and the football game still hadn't started. though Wyman's performance of the different characters was outstanding, they weren't remarkable enough for me to keep track of while listening. overall the parts I listened to were very disjointed. never got hooked.


    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    he's a very talented narrator and did an amazing job differentiating the voices and accents of all the men.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LARRY Valencia, CA, United States 01-28-14
    LARRY Valencia, CA, United States 01-28-14
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    "Boring!"
    What disappointed you about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk?

    Perhaps I didn't read the summary well enough because I was really bored and disappointed with the novel. For some reason I expected some of the story to take place under wartime conditions. Instead it all centers around the "Bravo" teams presence at a major Football game. I kept hoping it would get more interesting but it never did.
    The narrator was very good, but, in my opinion, just could not save a boring story


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will do more research before I order again. I have enjoyed all the other books I have listened to through Audible


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    Billy


    What character would you cut from Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk?

    ??? They were all boring


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 11-09-12
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Know what you are getting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am scratching my head over this one. I think it is more a misconception over what I thought I was getting, and the new paperback cover depicts that story better. This is really not a war / military book, it is a Dallas Cowboy Thanksgiving Day book which centers on the experience from the point of view of some US soldiers who are stateside for a short publicity tour. It is not a bad book, just not a good choice for me.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald F Geary 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read"

    Simply spot on this book captures the real America! It is not very pretty and takes a good shot at the job creators.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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