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Matterhorn Audiobook

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©2010 Karl Marlantes (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

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)

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    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 05-01-11
    Elaine Cranford, New Jersey, United States 05-01-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Outstanding Narration"

    Unbelievable job by Bronson Pinchot. I was mesmerized by his reading of this deeply affecting story.

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    William F. Reynolds Metro New York 04-30-11
    William F. Reynolds Metro New York 04-30-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Powerful"

    A moving and powerful book on Vietnam. It took Marlantes 30 years to write but reading it brought back Vietnam in vivid detail. Destined to become a classic.

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    Mary Coleman, MI, United States 04-18-11
    Mary Coleman, MI, United States 04-18-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible story and narration"

    This book provides an incredible example of how we are so often our own worst enemy. Even in times of war when we have defined and identified enemies, we find ways to punish ourselves more than any other enemy could possibly punish us. This one led me from intense sadness to intense anger. A profound story, narrated exceptionally well... very highly recommended.

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    Dave LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 04-13-11
    Dave LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 04-13-11 Listener Since 2004
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    "No brainer"

    Some of the reviews - including some from our veterans who lived it - are truly outstanding. I will not attempt to out do them here - it would be just "piling on". Just wanted to add that this is some really great narration. Consistent voices and accents, and that is critical to an Audible book. So if you have a sensitive ear to language/accents, then you should have no problem with Matterhorn. Lastly, one or two situations seemed not quite credible (showing the enemy a few seconds of mercy at the last major battle?... I struggled some with that one ....).

    Be warned, this is an intense, in-your-face, book. It will be hard to forget. And it could change your politics about war.

    Anyway, a legitimate no brainer - this is a MUST read.

    Dave

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    Tiffany Cheboygan, Michigan, United States 04-10-11
    Tiffany Cheboygan, Michigan, United States 04-10-11 Member Since 2016

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    "1st military based book"

    Matterhorn was the 1st book I've read/listened to that involved the military. I was not disappointed! I have a new found respect for the soldiers of the Vietnam war and what they endured. My curiosity has been peaked and so I'm looking for more books of this type. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed by this book!!

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    Todd Princeton, NJ, United States 04-08-11
    Todd Princeton, NJ, United States 04-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Liked it...didn't love it...well maybe"

    I am very torn about this book. Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job making all of the many characters feel like individuals. However, for me, it didn't work for me as an audiobook, in as much, as it just felt like it was taking forever to move along. I have an hour and a half commute every morning, and I just felt that I wasn't progressing fast enough through the story. I switched over to the Kindle version, and really enjoyed it. Marlantes creates some amazing characters and puts them into some trying situations. I am sure they are going to be with me for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, the way that the audio was progressing for me - it felt like that wasn't going to just be a metaphor.

    All in all, if you have the time and patience - this is a rewarding experience.

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    curt LA SALLE, MN, United States 04-08-11
    curt LA SALLE, MN, United States 04-08-11
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    "Excellent story, and superb reading by Pinchot"

    One of the best books I have listened to. The story by itself is wonderful, but Pinchot puts it over the top. He really made the characters come to life by the individual voices he adds for each character. I cant say enough good things about this audiobook. Awesome

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    Geo Shaw 04-06-11
    Geo Shaw 04-06-11
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    "A New Respect"

    Renewed and revived a respect for our veterans... God bless you all and Thank You!

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    Angela Queen Creek, AZ, United States 04-06-11
    Angela Queen Creek, AZ, United States 04-06-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't buy if you can't handle f** every other word"

    I am sure this is a great story. And honestly I am sad I couldn't finish this book because I love historical novels. I purchased this after enjoying every moment of Unbroken. I was excited to read another story of heroism and strength. However, I had to stop listening because the language is so bad. I think there was more cursing than there was story telling.

    I wish someone would put out a "cleaned" version of this book because I am sure I really would have enjoyed it.

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    Pat Arcadia, FL, United States 03-31-11
    Pat Arcadia, FL, United States 03-31-11
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    "I thought I knew all about Viet Nam"

    I had two brothers and many friends who served in Viet Nam and over the years I thought I understood the war and the politics involved. However I found thid story gave me an entirely different view of the war and some of the true victims, our own soldiers. I will try to persuade my brother to look at the novel but he usually chooses not to discuss his experiences or read about other's intrepretations of it. The novel was well done. It gives a feeling for the complicated emotions and daily lives of the grunts who tried to carry out the objectives of the day for the war. Excellent story - even can be read by girls.

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  • trevor
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    "amazing listen"

    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 .

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  • Phil R
    Bolton, Lancashire
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    "AWESOME!!!"

    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.

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  • Rowan
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    "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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