In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. Two people stand in his way. The first is a well-loved combat-weary lieutenant his own age who desperately wants out of the bush but who does not want to leave his Marines with an inexperienced and overly ambitious officer. The second is an angry leader of the company’s radical blacks, who has all the political skill, savvy, and ambition of the protagonist.
As the young lieutenant experiences the costs of combat, he sees the terrible results of his actions and begins to question the value of ambition and skill over compassion and heart.
©2010 Karl Marlantes (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Matterhorn is one of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general that I have ever read.” (Dan Rather)
“Brings a long, torturous war back to life with realistic characters and authentic, thrilling combat sequences.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Unforgettable.… A beautifully crafted novel of unrivaled authenticity and power, filled with jungle heroism, crackerjack inventiveness, mud, blood, brotherhood, hatred, healing, terror, bureaucracy, politics, unfathomable waste, and unfathomable love." (Christina Robb, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist)
It has been a long time since I carried the title of Sgt. 0311 in 1stBat 5th Marines. And while I did not see combat, I have stayed away from all Marine Corps topics and books until now. It was worth the wait; I laughed, I cried, I remembered. An excellent book and an excellent narration. Semper fi.
Narration was great. Story phenomenal. It's not just a war story, it's a story about relationships in crisis, race relations in a military setting, and perserverence under the most difficult of situations.
Sad and heartbreaking at times. A complex novel who for the first time showed me a side of the Viet Nam war that I had not seen before. I am greatful for this experience but read with caution.
If you like good literature, get this novel. I found it very powerful. It gripped me and I find I cannot shake the feeling it left me with. It made me feel the same way I felt after I finished Slaughter House Five and I would say the writing is almost on the same level. It is one of the best war novels ever written.
As a Vietnam era and Desert Storm veteran, I expected a lot from this book and it delivered. Many of my NCO's in the 82nd in the early -mid 70's were Vietnam vets and while we were training for war in the middle East, I heard a lot of first hand accounts that rang with the same authenticity as this book. Many of the rear area personalities in this book were way too real to me, and while they were Marines, the Army certainly had their own share of these bastards. Saw the same thing in Desert Storm, always people willing to climb the ladder over the bodies of someone else. The flawed good guys were also real, in fact real enough I found myself putting faces to them of people I served with. Very well done book.
I am an avid fan of WWII books so this book was a change for me. The mind of the soldier in Vietnam is so different. From being volunteers vs. career soldiers to the racial tensions this is a very though provoking book with insights to a was that I know very little about. You have to be able to handle profanity to listen to this book. It's rampant.
If you can use the word beautiful to describe a book about the Vietnam War, then that's the word I would use. It is quite graphic and full of foul language, but the story is beautiful. I sobbed several times listening to it. I loved listening to it and the treatment that each character got. Would absolutely recommend.
I don’t know that his book accurately describes what it was like in Vietnam during the war, but the author did paint a pretty graphic picture for the listener. It was a bit hard to follow at times and I was about a quarter of the way in before I really started to feel I was in touch with the main characters. Overall it was a good book and enjoyed the listen. That said, the narrator was definitely a rookie. I don’t know why other listeners commented that he did such a good job. I’ve listened to hundreds of audio books and he is about a 4 on a 1-10 scale. A better narrator would have made this a much more interesting book to listen too. If you can get by that, it's a good book.
One of the best Audible books I've ever listened to. Great narration. Great story. You really get to know the characters at many levels, magnified by the intensity of warfare. So many big issues (like the meaning of life, good vs. evil, race relations) are woven into exquisitely detailed scenes populated by characters you grow to love. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the terror, the relief, and ultimately the brotherhood of combat are all there. You'll be infuriated by incompetent leaders. You'll laugh and cry along with troops. Hated to see it end.
I'm a 40 year old female with no interest in war books and I loved this book and the characters. I tried the book out because it was on one of the 2010 top lists and I was not disapointed.
this book was recommended to me by a few people and it never failed to live up to the hype . it is read superbly and you get a feeling for everyone in the book love or hate them it leaves a lasting impression at the end as there mission just seems to get worse. its a powerfull book and although its a story about vietnam you cant help thinking all the way through that kind of stuff happened all the time over there which in itself makes the audiobook even more powerfull i myself now recommend it to everyone reading this .
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has the slightest interest in Vietnam war stories. It is long but worth every second.
It is graphic, sometimes very graphic however this is one book i look forward to listening to again.
"A military story but a good one"
It?s a military book for sure. There are lots of military stories out there to buy but this one is a beaut. It?s a pretty long one but didn?t feel it. It?s a fully rounded book was sad to have it end. I highly recommend.
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