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Dog Soldiers

Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers - and the price of survival was dangerously high.
©1973, 1974, 1994 Robert Stone (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

  • National Book Award, Fiction, 1975

"A dark descendant of Conrad's and Hemingway's adventure stories...Goes hell-for-leather across the landscape." (The New York Times Book Review)

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intense narrative of a dark and complex time

Would you consider the audio edition of Dog Soldiers to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

the subtleties of the characterizations

Which scene was your favorite?

inside the mountain

If you could rename Dog Soldiers, what would you call it?

I would not rename it. This is a silly request in my opinion.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

dull and painful and depressing

This book is well read and has a superficially plausible plot. It was good enough that I managed to listen through to the bitter end, but that's the best I can say for it. A tale of a not-very-bright journalist's foray into the drug business, the story never becomes believable or engaging. We have deep exploration into the human psyche. We have page after page of slow, unredeeming death. The book is dull and painful and depressing - Conrad without the magic.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • CH
  • mount kisco, NY, United States
  • 07-14-08

oy gevalt

An hour and a half into this, I give up. No Mas. Maybe it is me, but I just can't follos it.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful