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Generation Kill Audiobook
Generation Kill
Written by: 
Evan Wright
Narrated by: 
Patrick Lawlor
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Generation Kill Audiobook

Generation Kill

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They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.

They were a new breed of American warriors unrecognizable to their forebears - soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey.

Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.

Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.

©2008 Evan Wright; (P)2008 Tantor

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    James Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-06-11
    James Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and well paced, though poorly narrated"

    This is the first account I've read that was written by a reporter and I have to say it's a strikingly different experience than those written by troops. Most of it is devoted to the life and death decisions guys have to make out there and he's very good about laying out the facts and letting you consider it rather than injecting his own opinions into peoples' actions. There are a lot of characters and he does a good job of making sure that they are all fleshed out. The point of this book seemed to be as much about getting you acquainted with the Marines' tasks and hardships in overthrowing Saddam as it was getting you acquainted with exactly who we sent over there to do it. Once you get past the narration it's really a good book.

    My only complaint was the narration which ranged from poor to absurd. The first half of it is SO over-articulated that it can be tortuous at times. For whatever reason he feels the need to make sure you don't miss a transition from one syllable to the next by punctuating the move from one to the next with drastic tone shifts and at times it's like he's just crisply sounding out every word. It's hard to describe but it's very unnatural and it ruins the flow of the book almost as much his complete lack of ability to decipher sarcasm and dry humor. Fortunately as the book progresses it becomes a bit more tolerable as he tones it down a little. The narrator also does a lot of accents but they all come out decidedly Mexican sounding, especially the two Filipinos. I'll be watching out for this narrator in the future.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    sherry Rockingham, NC, United States 01-07-13
    sherry Rockingham, NC, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Here is the truth America"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Generation Kill to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Here is the truth America my name is joey Willhoyt. This is the truth of war. I know this because I was there I served with 1 battalion Marines in Fallujah as well as 2nd battalion in Al qauim. I live with a story very similar to this in my mind every day. America wants to pat us on the back and say good job and then turn there back on all of it and forget. I wish that I could forget I know I volunteered for the Corps but not for what we did to those people. Why do you think the suicide rate is so high in the Corps now. I put a bullet in my chest I don't now why I'm still here I used a 30-06 missed my heart by a mm I wish I had missed some inoccent people over there too! If you didn't like it read ciderella there are no happy endings in war.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis 06-06-16
    Phyllis 06-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Good listen."

    If you like the genre, this is a great book, and tailer made for Patrick Lawler's style. There is a fair amount of sardonic humor in the book that can be expressed, or ruined, by the narrator, and Patrick is a master of vocal expression. He's a real storyteller, not just a reader.

    Furthermore, the book portrays a captivating view of the second Iraq War from the standpoint of the Marines who participated in the day to day combat, together with some insight into the root cause of some of the problems we are struggling with today as a result of the way the war was conducted. All in all, a very worthwhile liste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 04-19-16
    Greg 04-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fourth right telling of Force recon at war"

    This tells the whole story doesn't hold anything back it's very detailed and nature and a great read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    GreymanTactical 03-25-16
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    "Narrator should have been a military guy"

    Reads a little unnaturally, mispronouncing stuff like Mk19 and POG. Story was different than adapted in the miniseries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John OBrien 03-15-16
    John OBrien 03-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Proud of the new breed."

    This is one of the best books about operation Iraqi Freedom I have read so far. As a Vietnam Marine Grunt, C/Co, 1/3, 0331, Marines haven't changed much at all since 1968. You have to have sick humor in combat to get through it, you don't have time to analyze everything. First and foremost on an individual Marine level, you fight for your Brothers to keep them alive, Apple pie and mom waving the American flag doesn't enter your mind. Fighting for freedom for the people of the country you are in doesn't enter the picture either. All your experiences in combat are put on the back burner, keeping yourself and your buddies alive and completing the mission are the first priorities. You don't want to let your your comrades down, you don't want to let the Corp down. The expression, fuck it, it don't mean nuthin gets you through tough times. As my uncle who fought on Saipan as,a Marine told me after I returned home medically evacuated from Vietnam. " You will never forget what you did, you will have to learn to live with it and carry on, live for your fallen friends, that's what they would tell you if they could speak. Welcome home Marines, I highly recommend this book. Semper Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    masonlee89 12-01-15
    masonlee89 12-01-15
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    "Reality"

    The story and performance were amazing. This should be required reading in schools instead of the propaganda that idealizes war.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "legit"

    read it years ago, audio book is just as good. best interpretation of what military life is like, with the brotherhood, hazing, hardship and lifestyle we all hate but love. best job I ever had

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    Dr. Ryan 08-25-15
    Dr. Ryan 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is AMAZING!"
    If you could sum up Generation Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Insightful, Intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into what "really" happens in war. Indiscriminate killings, mistakes, errors of the military, political struggle, etc. Fascinating insight.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    Great narration! I almost didn't get this book because of all the negative comments on narration. This guy is AMAZING. Never once does he stutter in 15 hours. His voice goes up and down and he does an amazing job acting out all the different characters. This guy is a pro. One of the best narrated audio books I've ever listened to.


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

    No ... it's too long. That would be impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not let the narration haters sway you from this book. The guy does a great job. The story is fantastic and exciting. Really gives you an idea of how jacked up war really is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TSU ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-31-15
    TSU ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-31-15

    Jerry Springer

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    "Great book"

    This book is awesome. Raw details of recon marine life in war. Makes you wish you were one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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