• Dispatches

  • By: Michael Herr
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Dispatches

By: Michael Herr
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Publisher's Summary

"The best book to have been written about the Vietnam War" (The New York Times Book Review); an instant classic straight from the front lines.

From its terrifying opening to its final eloquent words, Dispatches makes us see, in unforgettable and unflinching detail, the chaos and fervor of the war and the surreal insanity of life in that singular combat zone. Michael Herr’s unsparing, unorthodox retellings of the day-to-day events in Vietnam take on the force of poetry, rendering clarity from one of the most incomprehensible and nightmarish events of our time.

Dispatches is among the most blistering and compassionate accounts of war in our literature.

©2011 Michael Herr (P)2022 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

“The best book I have ever read on men and war in our time.” (John le Carré)

"Dispatches puts the rest of us in the shade." (Hunter S. Thompson)

“In the great line of Crane, Orwell, and Hemingway...Herr reaches an excruciating level of intensity.... He seems to have brought to this book the ear of a musician and the eye of a painter.... The premier war correspondence of Vietnam.” (The Washington Post)

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I struggle to give coherent words in praise. please read or listen. My Dad was there I've tried to infer about his experiences there. Herr fills in some of the blanks, with eloquent , frightening detail.

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A remarkable performance of a remarkable book.

Dispatches is the most beautifully written book about the horrors of war. This reading does the content justice. I would absolutely recommend it.

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fantastic recollection

incredible and vivid recounting of a defining event in American being. RIP to a legend who just wanted to be am Oscar Meyer wiener

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Audio even better than reading it

I first read this book thirty years ago as part of a graduate school seminar on literature from the Vietnam war. Ray Porter does a fantastic job of really bringing the story to life. I got much more out of it from listening to it vs. reading it.

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How the mind is torn by war

This book had debth and written well. One can tell very much attention and time and thought was given. Thos had the touch coming from a non-miliaristivc individual and professional writer. Again, the horrors of the soldiers are revealed big time. The death, the grime and filth rage. No one came home without shock with no mercy to one's very soul.

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Must read!

Excellent story written almost as a stream of consciousness. I finally got to know some of the men, but it feels like a dream.

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The Viet Nam War from a Journalist’s Perspective

Narration is clear but a bit too intense. A less strident tone would be preferable.

Story is familiar: Military hierarchy aped bogus “we are winning” trope, and, of course, the war continued to take the lives of many thousands of Americans and many times that number of Vietnamese.

The journalists knew better, and some of them did their best to alert the country, but too many other journalists did not. The grunts, of course, knew the truth, but their stories were mostly ignored or did not survive wishful editing.

Recommended for those not already familiar with this phenomenon. Otherwise redundant.

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Amazing!

I can’t recommend this audiobook enough. Fantastic vivid writing. Do yourself a favor and listen to it! Best book about the war that I’ve read.