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Editorial Reviews

The war, both in Iraq and at home, is ably painted by news correspondent Raddatz. The specific incident depicted is the Sadr City ambush of a platoon from "A" Troop, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment of the First Cavalry Division. In the ensuing fight and rescue of the platoon, 8 Americans were killed and close to 60 wounded while hundreds of Iraqis were killed. One of the Americans who perished was Specialist Casey Sheehan, son of antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan. Raddatz does well in portraying the sacrifices of the soldiers and those who are left at home. Joyce Bean's delivery of the narrative sections of this work is expressive and easy to understand. When performing dialogue, however, her renditions of men in combat can feel somewhat flat.

Publisher's Summary

From ABC White House correspondent Martha Raddatz comes the story of a brutal 48-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war, not just on the soldiers but also on the families waiting back home.

In April 2004, soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, Iraq, when they came under surprise attack. Over the course of the next 48 hours, eight Americans would be killed and more than 70 wounded. Back home, as news of the attack began filtering in, the families of these same men - neighbors in Fort Hood, Texas - feared the worst. In time, some of the women in their circle would receive "the call": the notification that a husband or brother had been killed in action. So the families banded together in anticipation of the heartbreak that was certain to come.

The firefight in Sadr City marked the beginning of the Iraqi insurgency, and Martha Raddatz has written perhaps the most riveting account of hand-to-hand combat to emerge from the war in Iraq. This intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families Stateside, the unsung heroes of the military, distinguishes The Long Road Home from other stories of modern warfare, showing the horror, terror, bravery, and fortitude not just of the soldiers who were wounded and killed but also of the wives and children whose lives are now forever changed.

©2007 Martha Raddatz (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A masterpiece of literary nonfiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it." ( Washington Post)

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  • Susan
  • Bay Village, OH, United States
  • 12-09-07

Narrator spoils this one

I liked the book a lot but hated the narrator. I agree with the last reviewer than a male reader would have been better. But in addition, this reader dragged on--I wished I had a control to speed her up. I will not choose this reader again.

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Great story, horrible narrating

Having a female narrator try to mimic male voices sounded so absurd that it nearly ruined this phenomenal story and absolutely took away from its seriousness. It was so annoying, I could only listen to 20-30 minutes at a time. Read the book, but don't listen to it on Audible.

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  • A User
  • plantation, FL, United States
  • 09-14-13

Narrator ruined the book

What did you like about this audiobook?

I'm sure this story was great but the narrator killed it

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Trying to speak with a man's voice

Do you have any additional comments?

It was difficult to get past the first 3 chapters...I gave up. Probably a great read but listening was brutal!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Well Done Martha!

I have a personal relationship to this story... my son was there. He was in Charlie Company until just prior to deployment, when he transferred to the HHC as a sniper. In Sadr City, he was in the group responding to assist Hines. Both Hines and Reynolds (Big Country) attended my son's Ranger graduation, after which we spent an evening together. Their character is adequately described in the book.

Personally, the story helped me put into context the chaos described in my son’s phone call that night after he returned to Camp War Eagle.

It is a non-judgmental story, providing only the facts. You will sense the emotional turmoil for everyone involved and be amazed that so much could be written about so little passage of time.

It’s only downfall… the narrator. Her attempts to provide a male voice were very ineffective. A male narrator should have been strongly considered.

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The reading was not as professional as most I have purchased and listened. It should have had more military bearing.

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  • Don
  • Maryland
  • 02-23-18

War story with wrong reader.

Why a female reader with male dialogue? Sounded forced and unnatural. Distracted from the story.

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needs male narrated

I think I would have enjoyed the book that's primarily about men, to be narrated by a man

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Narrator is horrible.

I bought this book and was looking forward to listening to it. However the narrator makes it so unbearable. She changes her voice between different characters and the voices she uses for them make me cringe. I can’t listen to anymore.

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Narrator is a JOKE (kills audio book)

I️ am a combat vet of the toughest times in Iraq and was interested in this story since it was made for TV.

To begin with the NARRATOR is an insult and joke did to her poor attempt of trying to not only replicate a Spanish - American accent but her attempts to change her accent for any all characters is a huge distraction.

I️ only makes it 20 or so minutes and had to stop. I’m going the old school route and reading this myself.

Audible do us a favor and stop letting stories of combat be told in such a horrible manner.

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good story

narrator did a good job but when doing a soldiers voice they seemed like little kids, not grown men