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Carnivore Audiobook

Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

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Publisher's Summary

As commander of the Carnivore - the most lethal Bradley Fighting Vehicle of the Iraq War - Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2,000 confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma - which developed from the radiation poisoning he suffered discharging 5,000 uranium rounds in combat - despite learning he had a 1 in 4 chance of survival. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Performing overwatch protection for his fellow troops, he is officially credited with 121 snipers kills, believed to be the most ever by a U.S. Army sniper and second only (across all branches) to Chris Kyle. After finishing his 21-year career in the military in 2006, Johnson became a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in Carnivore, this decorated hero tells his amazing story.

Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before. It is the story of a poor kid from Kentucky who has beaten extraordinary odds and a loving husband and a devoted father of four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. It is a story only one man can tell.

©2013 Dillard Johnson and James Tarr (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    "bulletproof"

    This book is meant to be on the big screen. What a hard headed push forward mini might, great stories of the Battle's and struggles he went through.Great insight and depth in to the making of a Tank man.


    I really loved this book and the Performance of the reader was great, easy to get into and follow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 05-08-17
    Michael 05-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "was needing a better military read"

    amd this was it. Nothing crazy or movie stylish, Just good stories told from the heart.
    thank you for you service to all who have and currently serving.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alex Sousa 11-21-16
    Alex Sousa 11-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Raw and Visceral Excellence"

    Very real, uncut and personal storytelling. Really brought me back, put me in his shoes.

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    MSR 08-16-16
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    "Amazing story."

    As an Iraq war veteran of the campaign, this book hit a sweet spot. I can't vouch for the facts but I can say it's a great read!

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    Appomattoxheatingandair 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "cocky and I like it"

    loved it couldn't put it down. finished it in one setting. God bless our troops and wonderful Americans like this man.

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    Spicy NorCal 11-02-13
    Spicy NorCal 11-02-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great for anyone seeking battle stories."
    What did you love best about Carnivore?

    I wasn't looking for political commentary, just action. This book has lots of action.


    What other book might you compare Carnivore to and why?

    It reminds me of the Carlos Hathcock book.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    He has the proper voice for this type of storytelling.


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

    It wasn't, but I completed it in less than two days.


    Any additional comments?

    There is little emphasis upon motivations, philosophy, and political drama in this book. I like that a lot. This takes you directly into the action.

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    Steve Crane 08-05-13
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    "An entertaining audio book"

    I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.

    John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.

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    James CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 11-16-17
    James CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, United States 11-16-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Are these story’s true??"

    It sounds like from people that were with him over there the majority of the stories are not true.

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    Nick B Utah 11-13-17
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    "Full of action. Not much depth."

    Imagine listening to an eccentric uncle telling stories from the time he served in the Iraq War. The stories are fun with lots of action and tales of heroism. You know that they are probably greatly exaggerated, but who cares, it's an entertaining way to pass the time.

    The main character is a no-nonsense guy, with a short temper and he often makes rash decisions that aren't well thought out and get him in trouble. Sometimes this makes him endearing and other times it just makes him seem childish.

    The perspective of an armored infantry unit is not often shared, so it was fun to get some insight into what these soldiers endured and experienced.

    The stories jump around a little and there isn't really a consistent story arc. I listened to it mainly on my commute and it was a fun way to pass the time, but overall there wasn't much meaningful content or anything that will stick with me for a long time.

    AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    "wow"

    I was reading some reviews on this guy put me on the fence about him bunch of people saying he was a glory hound an this and that but after listening to this book I feel he dedicated this to all the guys he served with so for anyone who has ever served in the military thank you for everything I truly am greatful.

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    "Great story Well read"

    Very gripping journey through different conflicts. Very well read and an enjoyable listen which keeps you wanting more

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  • Miranda
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    "An exciting account of armoured combat"

    Regardless of the controversy that has surrounded the author of this book, the story provides a fascinating, exciting and human account of combat in our era. The author provides the listener with a technical and visceral view of mechanised and hand to hand fighting and balances it well with touching personal elements and the horrors of war in a greater context. The book provides the adrenaline rush of a good old adventure whilst not glorifying war. As a comparison, it is much like a modem version of Robert Mason's classic book "Chickenhawk".

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  • Gary Dunning
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    "Don't waste your money"

    The book is written by a spoofer, Google his name and make up your own mind, I'm sorry I didn't before I gave him my money.

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  • Jackson
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    "liar"

    Thought it sounded fabricated. Turns out his men said he made it all up and that most of the stuff didn't happen.

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  • Roystoned
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    "The harsh reality of war"

    Great reading of a book that transforms you inside the Bradley. Amazing story well read and I am looking forward to hearing it again.

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  • Ade
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    "Great book, awesome narration"

    A matter of fact War memoir read by John Pruden, (awesome reading ) . Reminds people that freedom doesn't come free, heroes die so we can have it.

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  • Craig
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    "a great book, extreme, entertaining, honest"

    well worth a listen if you understand and are comfortable with truthful military recollections, thanks

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  • Mike
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    "Really amazing story!"

    A truly remarkable first hand account of modern warfare. Thoroughly gripping, funny and very enjoyable.

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