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)
The writing and narration are among the top 5% of the hundreds of audiobooks I've heard. Simply outstanding from every aspect.
Being female, and around 18 years old when this horrid war was going on I really didn't pay much attention as to what was going on . So I decided to listen to it, to find out what it was really all about - shocking as I said. I loved, really loved this book, what an awful war it was, our soldiers average age was 19 years old, just out of HS, but they were Marines. What they went thru is just terrible, as in any war, but then they just weren't appreciated. This is a book everyone should read, it left me breathless in parts, stunned what we put our military thru, a must read for every American. I just recommend this book to all, you ladies out there once you get by the bad language it's fantastic. Everyone will have the greatest respect for every military person in service and what they have to endure in times of war.
Great book! I really felt for some of the characters and others I hated viscerally! I was surprised at the emotions I felt as I listened. The narrator did a great job with the different voices and dialects and really pulled you into the book. I am looking forward to other audio books by this author.
I enjoyed the majority of this book. It was such an interesting perspective on the Viet Nam War. I lost many friends and a fiance over there and am finally able to read about the experience that these (mostly) men may have experienced. I recognize that this is a novel, but from what I've heard, it runs pretty close to some of the truths of that place and time.
War novels are not my usual reading choice but an interview with the author on the radio intrigued me so I picked it up. I found the first hour or so to be quite dry and slow, but Just as I was at the point of putting the book aside it suddenly came to life. I am not qualified to say whether this book is the best american war novel ever written as some have described it, but it is one of the best books that I have read this year and maybe ever. Yes, It is a graphically brutal, violent, profane, bury you head in your hand in despair read, but it is also a thoughtful. profound study of love, courage, endurance and humanity.It has the most heart of any book I have ever read.
I took a multi media approach to this book as I often do, listened to the audio version concurrently with reading the text version. The audio version is in my opinion a masterpiece. Bronson Pinchot, the narrator, was so brilliant at portraying the action of the plot and the emotions, accents and personality of the many characters in this book that the audio experience was almost traumatic. Can you get PTSD from a book?
I highly recommend this to every reader.
This was a very good book and Bronson Pinchot did a great job with the narration. I highly recommend it.
I thought this book was very well-written, and very entertaining. I found myself feeling like the main characters were friends, and I couldn't wait to see how the plot developed. The detail, narration and story were very well done (the book's narration starts off horribly, be patient for a couple of minutes). My only complaint was the language. While I'm sure the crude language of the soldiers is very realistic, I found the swearing to be excessive and unnecessary. If you have more delicate tastes in entertainment, this book is not for you.
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.
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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