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Eat the Apple

A Memoir
Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
Length: 5 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir which explores toxic masculinity and the devastating consequences of war on one impressionable young soldier

Matt Young joined the Marine Corps aged 18, after a drunken night that culminated in him crashing his car into a fire hydrant. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases of California. Young survived training and then three deployments to Iraq as an infantryman.

Eat the Apple is the searing and honest response to those years. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating and ultimately redemptive, Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the vulnerability of those on the front lines and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.

Tender and brilliantly written, Eat the Apple is a powerful coming-of-age story that explores toxic masculinity and maps the insane geography of our times.

©2018 Matt Young (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Honesty w real world language

My family is full of military veterans of foreign wars, two marines the rest evenly distributed among navy and Air Force
The consistent factor in their saying positive or negative things about this needed narrative was their political affiliations and depth of education open Reagan/ Trump supporters hated the book, especially chapter 55 and hated the use of curse words the more educated thought it was pretty boring until near chapter 40 and appreciated chapter 55. Listened in three parts while grilling, while working on couple cars, and while landscaping. Many of us together getting along and not agreeing on music.
Our Vietnam/ Cambodia Marines home since 1971 enjoyed Christmas 55 and spoke about how difficult the word, hero, can be
Our air force Korea veterans home since 195* hated the book and the language used said author was a foul crybaby.
Liked the book I will check out more by this author.
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Interesting Perspective

After the r/usmc community recommended this book, I decided to give it a listen. Other than just a general recommendation to the public, I highly recommend this book to junior and senior Marines alike. The author is good at converting difficult and overwhelming feelings into relatable terms. Military jargon is explained thoroughly enough that anyone could follow along and understand.

While I could generally relate to the everyday "Marine Things" discussed throughout, my experiences and feelings will never be exactly the same as those of the author. I am grateful for his perspective and honest insight. It will help me to be a better leader and a more understanding friend.

This book is an interesting listen. The only thing I found irritating is that at times the tone of the narrator did come off as whiney. Although, that may have been intentional. From the outside-looking-in, some choices could have easily been made differently. Things could have been better, and it seemed like the author brought bad times upon himself. However, in the moment, I know everything the author felt and did made sense. I admire him for having the strength to share his experiences so that others could connect, learn, and know that they are not alone.

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Highly Recommend for Marines (current and former)

I have been out of the Corps for over 2 years now. This book is a must read for Marines who are trying to make sense of it all and adjust back to civilian life.

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Good to read if a loved one is enlisted

I recommend this book if you have a high schooler or older that wants to join the military or if you have a loved one that’s enlisted. It gives us civilians a peak into what life is really like for the enlisted. No romance or fluff about it. Also helped me understand why those recently out of the military struggle.

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I felt like I was in the Marine Corps again.

I loved it and appreciated the comedy in the reality of what Marine Corps experience is truly like.

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If you ever wore the Eagle, Globe & Anchor, or if you didnt't.....It's must read.

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  • Jamul, CA, United States
  • 04-13-18

Very entertaining and sobering at the same time.

Would you consider the audio edition of Eat the Apple to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

The style was unexpected and unique, I liked it. A very honest tellin of his stories.

Which character – as performed by Charlie Thurston – was your favorite?

All.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Ye. Almost did too.

Any additional comments?

Loved it.

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Real

No sugar coating; just reality. This guy can really write. This reader thanks you.

And life goes on.

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Desperately wants to be Anthony Swofford's Jarhead

Any additional comments?

The author desperately wants "Eat the Apple" to be Anthony Swofford's "Jarhead," but it falls well short. Although it tries to use Swofford's method of writing, it's missing Swofford's raw, yet poetic voice.

Overall, it is a decent read/listen, but the glowing reviews of this book on Amazon.com are clearly from the author's friends and family.

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