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The Long Road Home Audiobook

The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family

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Audible Editor 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.

What the Critics Say

"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
    Susan Bay Village, OH, United States 12-09-07 Member Since 2001
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    "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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    matt paulson 08-08-15 Member Since 2017
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A User plantation, FL, United States 09-14-13
    A User plantation, FL, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    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!

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    granolagirl 11-12-17
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    "low rent black hawk down copy"

    hard to listen to and follow. basically a poorly written copy of black hawk down

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    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 11-11-17
    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 11-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "takes you there"

    gives one insight into the personal stories of not just soldiers and leaders but their families as well

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    Not Usually My Thing 11-10-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Ronald Goosen 11-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Long Road Home"

    The story was well written, the is a page turner type of book. I started with the free sample and kept going after I purchased the book. Unfortunately, I purchased the Audio portion for this book and the narrator was a disaster. This book was not meant for a female, instead a male with husky type voice would have filled the bill brilliantly. The Long Road Home is a 5 Star book, the narrator is a 1 Star.

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    Jim Adams 05-15-17
    Jim Adams 05-15-17
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    "This story is a must read or listen in this case."

    Not just because I was there during everything that happened in this book. 04/04/04 #ripbrothers

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    "Very good & very realistic!"

    An army war book, very authentic! The narrator delivered the story very much like Cav!

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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 02-10-14
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 02-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "War at its Worst"

    The carnage that took place when the insurgents of Sadr, Iraq took up their weapons of war and ambushed the US soldier's who were patrolling the designated streets mapped out by their commander, proved a devastating blow to the men of the 1st Calvary Division. The casualties were high on both sides. The Iraqi's out numbered the American's.

    The US places a high value on the lives of men, women and children who are the bystanders in this attack but the Iraqi's have no such concerns. This makes it doubly hard for the US soldiers because women shoot AK47's at the American's, Iraqi men have their weapons held at their sides ready to shoot and young Iraqi boys and girls toss handmade bombs made in coke cans into the humvee's driven by American soldiers. These men aren't able to distinguish who to aim and fire at. What to do? The US soldier's are given a command from their leader to shoot.

    The vehicles the soldiers are driving are not the kind built to fight the insurgents. The roofs of some are made of canvas. There are no doors on others. There are truck loads of men who have no shielding at all. They sit on benches with no roofs or siding. This is an open invitation for the insurgents to kill easy targets, which thrills them mightily.

    The true account is written in this book, The Long Road Home. Purchase this book, listen and become aware of what kind of war our soldier's are fighting. This account of the 48 hour battle that took place in Sadr, Iraq is written with clarity and truth.

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