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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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    CClark Madison, WI 03-23-17
    CClark Madison, WI 03-23-17 Member Since 2012

    Ex-military, living vicariously through skull cracking knuckleheads I read about. HUA!

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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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    Paul W. Claborn Albertville Al. 03-09-17
    Paul W. Claborn Albertville Al. 03-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Struggle between good and evil"

    The best audio book I'd ever listened to was Unbroken until this book. The language was offensive.... but that's the way warriors talk. I wept when Sgt Bell began reciting "the power of Christ compels you " to counter his enemy's "allahu Akbar"....very emotional read. Also found out why soldiers don't trust the media either.

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    joey dean 02-24-17
    joey dean 02-24-17
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    "Informative for sure"

    This book is good because it tells a lot about the war in Iraq that most of us knew nothing about. The author is correct that we were only fed one side of that part of the war on terror.
    It's a good story with good performance, but some of the inner monologue drags on a bit.

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    Ken 02-17-17
    Ken 02-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Great book, very moving, about real live heroes, what these heroes went thought and why

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    Joshua 02-13-17
    Joshua 02-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Read Ever"

    This book was an amazing read! I loved it and am recommending to anyone. The last 6 chapters were the perfect climax to the memoirs.

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    damian 01-26-17
    damian 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    listened to it in one day it drew me in
    plus i had seen thestory before on tv

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    marshall 01-21-17
    marshall 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "grit... grit... sprinkled with m****rf***ing GRIT"

    First off I'm a member of the military and an avid reader of military and personal growth type books. this book is very up tempo, rarely does the story lull.
    there are a few things you will learn from it.
    1 the view from the eyes of an NCO and other enlisted types.
    2 the dirty gruesome details of war. Not for the faint of heart. this book is dirty filthy grimy and gritty. it doesn't pull any punches or try to paint war as anything than what it really is. Not for the faint of heart. Also some dark soldier humor is included.
    3 the effects of war on the body and mind.

    Must read for the warfighters of any branch.

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    Ted Michel New Hampshire 12-01-16
    Ted Michel New Hampshire 12-01-16
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    "Intense"

    This book is one of the best in my opinion. The first time I read it on paper. The second time on audio it was even better. Ray Porter does a superb job narrating. He captures the raw emotion and transfers it effortlessly from paper to speech.
    For Veterans this book will hit home hard and make you feel like you were there with the author.

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    Beth 11-18-16
    Beth 11-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing Book, Amazing Story, Amazing Passion"

    One rarely finds a book that is so truly honest with itself like this one. A truly inspiring book in a way that pulls the heart strings and gives you a new appreciation for those that fight abroad.

    Whatever your politics are, this book will find a place in your library.

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    J. A. Mark Emmerson Bermuda 10-22-16
    J. A. Mark Emmerson Bermuda 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best"
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    Have read many books of this type and this is one of the very best. And the reader Ray Porter, has perfect pitch for this action packed book.. A cliff hanger and un-put-down-able.

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