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House to House Audiobook

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War

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Publisher's Summary

This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits.

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.

©2007 David Bellavia; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Scott J Irvine 10-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredibly moving"

    I have read and listened to many books about the war that's raged for almost two decades. This may be the most moving story I have listened to. The narrator was brilliant and the writing truly showed the struggles and triumphs of those who sacrifice so much for our nation.

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    Amazon Customer 09-29-17
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    "wow"

    This book paints a vivid picture of combat and the emotions that follow every action packed moment. The part of the book and that rocked me to my core was the last few chapters. The comradery these men share is astounding and awesome. The transition back to civilian life struck me to the core. A truly amazing story of our men's great love of country and each other fighting for a just cause.

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    Anonymous 08-09-17
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    "awestruck"

    this book is the only book that is ever left me in tears while listening to it.

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    jason lowman 07-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "War's a Bitch, bring a helmet..."

    As a fellow infantry combat veteran I got to say- I love this guy. He's my new hero

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    Anonymous 07-11-17
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    "Visceral"

    Visceral, that's the word I would use to describe this book. I don't write many reviews, largely because in my opinion I'm too difficult of a customer to please. But this is an extremely well done book. The author, via the narrator in this case, draws you into the action, the mindset of these men, and keeps you there right until the end. Ugly details and all. I was actually taken aback at its honesty in moments- it feels almost like a confessional at times.. Yeah, its gory, but that is to be expected. Its the down and dirty details about physical sickness, fear, resentment, and terror that kept surprising me. Definitely one of the best firsthand war accounts I have read.

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    Stephen Norwalk, CT United States 07-01-17
    Stephen Norwalk, CT United States 07-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank you sergeant Bella via"

    I loved this book, I love this honesty, and I love now it put the reader into the mind of the author My only sorrow is that I finished it

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    PhantomOfAmazon California 06-25-17
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    "Best Account of War on Audible"

    You need to check this out if you're interested in the Iraq War, specifically the war from the mouth of a SGT in the Army.... Infantry. Wow!!

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    "Problem child..."

    Self absorbed, manic, disjointed. This guy has deep seated "issues" from the get go. He constantly contradicts himself, and is continually putting himself, but more importantly the men in his charge in danger. How do individuals like this get in positions of leadership ( no matter how small, in the Army...) Hated it.

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    "Thank you to these men"

    great perspective.. such bravery and fearlessness. I am grateful that Sgt. Bellavia has shared these experiences.

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    CClark Madison, WI 03-23-17
    CClark Madison, WI 03-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "My favorite out of a 100"
    Would you listen to House to House again? Why?

    Yes. I like how honest the book is. The lingo is true, the brotherhood is true, it's just a good honest book that does not read as fabricated or inflated at all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House to House?

    Fucking up the Boogeyman.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and Ray is great once again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's all about the Gerber. That thing has saved my butt too.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to over 100 military books and this is still my favorite. In fact it's the only book I've listened to multiple times. SSG Bell did a great job on this and hooah!

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