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Fobbit Audiobook

Fobbit

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Publisher's Summary

Fobbit 'fä-bit, noun. Definition: A U.S. soldier stationed at a Forward Operating Base who avoids combat by remaining at the base, esp. during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011). Pejorative.

In the satirical tradition of Catch-22 and M*A*S*H, Fobbit takes us into the chaotic world of Baghdad's Forward Operating Base Triumph. The Forward Operating base, or FOB, is like the back-office of the battlefield - where people eat and sleep, and where a lot of soldiers have what looks suspiciously like an office job. Male and female soldiers are trying to find an empty Porta Potty in which to get acquainted, grunts are playing Xbox, and watching NASCAR between missions, and a lot of the senior staff are more concerned about getting to the chow hall in time for the Friday night all-you-can-eat seafood special than worrying about little things like military strategy.

Darkly humorous and based on the author's own experiences in Iraq, Fobbit is a fantastic debut that shows us a behind-the-scenes portrait of the real Iraq war.

©2012 David Abrams (P)2012 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This novel nails the comedy and the pathos, the boredom and the dread, crafting the Iraq War's answer to Catch-22." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Randy Sonoma, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Randy Sonoma, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Ensign Roberts of the Iraq War"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was entertaining and had some excellent parts. The pace was a little slow and the ending seemed forced.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I am not a writer.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Drummond?

    Yes. He is an interesting narrator.


    Was Fobbit worth the listening time?

    Yes but in some ways it was a single point of view book.


    Any additional comments?

    It was fund but in some ways it was an insiders book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Funny in a twisted-way!"
    What did you love best about Fobbit?

    I liked that Fobbit was a "real" story - hey, not everyone is cut out to be a hero! Doesn't that make the heroes among us even more special, anyway? I did find myself fully engrossed in this book. The tale had more emotion than I expected despite it's humorous approach. Also, I must say - even the "Fobbits" of this world do a difficult job during times of war. I ended up feeling their pain (if not actual physical pain, well - at least, mental anguish and boredom, punctuated by moments of sheer terror!) It's a good story with an easy-going approach and I think there are some moments of real surprise!


    What does David Drummond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This story is so character-driven - I can't imagine NOT listening to it!


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

    Absolutely - held my interest all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it - excellent for those who like off-beat characters, satire or military tales.

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    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-22-12
    Christopher Brown everett, wa usa 12-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "whiner ........ very hard to listen to."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    this is for someone who likes to listen to a whiner.... kind of like what i am doing here. I did not care for the writing. I am not a writer so am not sure how it could be improved. Holy smokes did it get old. no real central character, kind of goes all over the place. I would start to listen then stop. in order to start to listen again i would forget how bad it was...... good luck. this is not a "MASH"


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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