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Matterhorn Audiobook

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

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Publisher's Summary

In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. Two people stand in his way. The first is a well-loved combat-weary lieutenant his own age who desperately wants out of the bush but who does not want to leave his Marines with an inexperienced and overly ambitious officer. The second is an angry leader of the company’s radical blacks, who has all the political skill, savvy, and ambition of the protagonist.

As the young lieutenant experiences the costs of combat, he sees the terrible results of his actions and begins to question the value of ambition and skill over compassion and heart.

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©2010 Karl Marlantes (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Matterhorn is one of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general that I have ever read.” (Dan Rather)

“Brings a long, torturous war back to life with realistic characters and authentic, thrilling combat sequences.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Unforgettable.… A beautifully crafted novel of unrivaled authenticity and power, filled with jungle heroism, crackerjack inventiveness, mud, blood, brotherhood, hatred, healing, terror, bureaucracy, politics, unfathomable waste, and unfathomable love." (Christina Robb, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist)

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    Kim D Ramey Wichita, KS, US 01-17-12
    Kim D Ramey Wichita, KS, US 01-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the same Viet Nam I experienced in '68"

    For an authentic Viet Nam combat read, check out John Del Vecchio's The 13th Valley or Spetz's Rat Pack Six. Matterhorn was more like a gehetto soap opera set in Asia.

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    Barbara 01-15-12
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    "couldnt put the book down good story"
    Where does Matterhorn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was like i was there and could see it all happening ,men trying to survive the war and do there duty.


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    Dan United States 01-04-12
    Dan United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not as good as reviews"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I got this because of the audible awards and the reviews but it was just another account of the Vietnam war to me...


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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Enthralling!"

    I read this awhile back and it took me some to write this review. Yesterday I watched Platoon again on Blu-ray. My memory returned back to the book and its similarities to the movie. This was such an exceptional listen I never wanted this book to end. I was truly captivated by each character and wanted to know how the survivors fared when they returned from the war. It is so hard to imagine that these men were so, so young when they went to war and gave their lives in gruesome numbers. This is the best war book I have ever read.

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    Paul BENTON, AR, United States 12-28-11
    Paul BENTON, AR, United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Vietnam Revisited"
    If you could sum up Matterhorn in three words, what would they be?

    Very clear and concise story showing not only the suffering and struggling the solders went through. But, also the political backdrop of commanders who where commanding from afar making assumptions of what was going on in the bush.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mellas was my favorite charactor, he was the main character which we follow from when he first arives in Vietnam. He is a good guy with a good head on his shoulders and although he wants to get ahead he is also a caring person. This makes him even keeled . Which is a good trait in a commander, he is also young and trying to make since of it all. Not just the war but life itself. He grows throughout the story and has many realizations about both war and life in the end.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Yes, Pinchot's preformance is top notch, you feel like there is a whole cast of players instead of just one person reading to you.


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

    I started listening to audio books as a way to spend time while driving to and from work. I found myself wanting to listen to this book more and was making more time available to listen,it was at times difficult to stop listening.


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    Stephen Metropolis, Illinois, United States 12-26-11
    Stephen Metropolis, Illinois, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping and passionate."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It puts a lot of things into historical perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Real characters.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Hawk


    Who was the most memorable character of Matterhorn and why?

    Hawk


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the listen

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    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11
    lindamarie Palo Alto, CA 12-23-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Understanding War"

    Without fighting a war, I'm sure I can't understand. Matterhorn gave me a new partial understanding of the camaraderie, honor, heroism, despair, and bizarre wartime behaviors involved in war. The dedication of the individuals in "getting their assignment--taking Matterhorn" while realizing the meaning or lack thereof of this goal is overwhelming. The book gives one increased and renewed sympathies for our veterans and all those lost in the Vietnam war and all wars. The narration was outstanding and I was transported into the war jungle.

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    Stephen 12-23-11
    Stephen 12-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Matterhorn rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Wonderful book - and the narration was incredible!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really cared about the characters


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but will!!


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

    Yes - hard to stop it to do other things


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend to all

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    anmlfan 12-09-11
    anmlfan 12-09-11
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    "Wow!"
    Where does Matterhorn rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is, by far, the best book I have listened to in years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matterhorn?

    I will not call out any one part. There were too many to list. I finished this book and immediately began listening again. I felt like I knew every character in the story. The author reveals these men, their thoughts and motivations perfectly. I'm not sure how long it took him to write this book, but it is clear he has lived with these characters for many years.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other books he has narrated, but will. He was brilliant! I lost count of how many characters spoke throughout this story, but each one's personality came through in the narrator's voice. Just wonderful!


    Any additional comments?

    I can't even begin to describe this book. The characters were wonderfully developed, the chaos of battle and the conditions were painted so clearly, I could see it. The dialog in the book was natural and flowed as if I were overhearing their conversations. The author wove this story with so much...history, politics, racial tensions, human nature, character development, fear, ambition, brotherhood, and bravery, yet it felt like I was watching a movie. The points were made in the natural course of the story rather than told to the reader. Mr Marlantes tells a story thst is not pretty in a beautifully written tale. I am blown away!

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    Gene Annapolis, MD, United States 12-07-11
    Gene Annapolis, MD, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Karl Marlantes and/or Bronson Pinchot?

    I would not buy another book narrated by Mr. Pinchot


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

    the story was OK, but was heavily about the racial unrest in a Marine company. I found that that distracted from the story line, however, that may have been the story line, and since I was not in the bush with the marines during that time What was written may be very accurate- at least for that company. I did serve with the FMF in another war, and my son in two other ones and we never met a comedic commander like the battalion commander. Vietnam was a different war, so maybe the author was unlucky enough to encounter such a leader. Some of the incidents he describes seem a little far fetched. A leech up the urethra? I don't think any marine- or soldier was killed by a tiger in VN. A sword attack across the LZ? Dramatic, but real???


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His inflections were not appropriate for the narrative. The reading would have been lauded in a middle school performance, but men in war don't whine like read the story. (ok, they whine, but he narrates a sing songy back and forth inflection that drove me crazy).


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