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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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    Betsy 08-29-11
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    "Best Audio Book I've listened to yet"

    Not only is this book incredible, but the narrating is the best I've heard (I've looked for other books done by this guy but didn't find any). His ability to voice different characters is top notch.

    The only issue I had is at some parts the writing was so good that I wanted to be reading it to fully appreciate the authors use of language, especially the end.

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    Richard 08-29-11
    Richard 08-29-11

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    "Utterly Amazing!"

    This is a must listen to audio book. The sheer power of this novel will transport you to a time and place of American history that will stay with you like never before. In no time you'll be propelled back to Vietnam fighting, sweating, cursing and feeling the pain and anguish of every character. I had no idea Bronson Pinchot was capable of such narration and my hat is off to you sir! A job well done by both writer and narrator.

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    KENNETH 08-25-11
    KENNETH 08-25-11

    Always listening ...

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    "Top Ten Military Fiction Read ..."

    The book truly brings you inside the heads of the various military participants. Instead of reading like a Stephen Ambrose novel of war-time first-person overviews, it takes you deeper into the true emotional and sensory experiences of the soldiers and the officers - and you appreciate the war (and the experiences of our military personnel) even more.

    There is an unnamed extra character in the book at all times - due to the times and the forced mixing of races in the theater of military operations - and that is the racism of the participants. It is presented in such a stark and seemingly accurate way that you appreciate the authenticity of all of the interactions that much more.

    Buy it to learn more about the Vietnam Conflict, and sit back and truly enjoy the ride into the lives and minds of all individuals put in harm's way.

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    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 08-18-11
    Arnold toronto, ON, Canada 08-18-11
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    "If you liked Platoon..."

    I had never heard of this book before but did some research and crossed my fingers. It's a high standard of writing with excellent characters and a twisting story. Bronson Pinchot was great as the narrator. This is as intense as Platoon but its over 20 hours long. Can't imagine why anyone would not like this if they enjoy a good war story.

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    Todd 08-14-11
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    "Historical fiction with a message and good story"

    This is not a neat war story with heros who will swim up the Delta to take out a company of the bad guys with only a Kbar and bamboo blow gun. Instead, it is a story of the Vietnam War that includes the politics, egos, tactics, fear and camraderie that a new 2nd lieutenant experiences during his first tour in the bush. By the end of the book, you care and empathize with the book's characters and their contemporary comrades in Afganistan, Iraq. Be forwarned that the book uses language and depicts scenes that may offend some gentle Audible readers.

    The narrator was good -- for the most part able to bring across the many different personalities presented in the book (both male and female).

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    Murray 08-07-11
    Murray 08-07-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Vivid & Visceral"

    I've listened to this recording twice now, the only one of over 100 audible audio books I have done this to, and am just as pleased with the story and narration the second time as with the first.

    Karl Marlantes could only have written Matterhorn from personal experience; we've all seen the Vietnam War movies and read the various books / memoirs, and all told, I would have to argue that this book is probably the best first person story (fiction or not) ever told in this genre. You cannot help but be there through every step, emotion and experience of this freshly minted Lt and Bravo Company. It is a great story telling of the pain, waste, horror, comraderie, sacrifice, and joy experienced in this war.

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    Nick Glendale, AZ, United States 07-31-11
    Nick Glendale, AZ, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding writing"

    No question the very best novel on the Vietnam war, I've read. Encapsulates the war into a few months as seen through the experience of one young Marine officer and one company. Solid characterizations.

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    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 07-31-11
    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 07-31-11

    i love too read and have people read to me...

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    "great narrator!"

    this is a great listen. awesome narration, great story. Bronson Pinchot does a 5star job. no joke, this one is worth a second and even third listen. not a waste of money or a credit. highly recommended!! don't miss it!!!

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    sk oliver 07-30-11
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    "best narrater ever"

    Bronson Pinchot was a fantastic narrator and made this story memorable. I would listen to it again which is rare.

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    Brandi West Jefferson, NC, United States 07-23-11
    Brandi West Jefferson, NC, United States 07-23-11
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    "Excellent author, excellent narrator"

    A fantastic book, whether you typically enjoy war novels or not. Beautifully written--subtle, painful, poignant, at times gruesome and at times nearly lyrical--Matterhorn and its characters will become part of the landscape of your consciousness.

    Add to that the fact that Bronson Pinchot is stunning as narrator--his is one of the best readings I have ever heard, hands down (and I have listened to hundreds of audio books)--and you can't go wrong. Pinchot's voice may seem a bit flat in the first few minutes, but only because he is saving his unbelievable range for the characters that bring this book to life. Absolutely masterful reading.

    Haunting, well-written book. You will not be disappointed.

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  • trevor
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    "amazing listen"

    this book was recommended to me by a few people and it never failed to live up to the hype . it is read superbly and you get a feeling for everyone in the book love or hate them it leaves a lasting impression at the end as there mission just seems to get worse. its a powerfull book and although its a story about vietnam you cant help thinking all the way through that kind of stuff happened all the time over there which in itself makes the audiobook even more powerfull i myself now recommend it to everyone reading this .

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  • Phil R
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    "AWESOME!!!"

    I would recommend this audiobook to anyone who has the slightest interest in Vietnam war stories. It is long but worth every second.
    It is graphic, sometimes very graphic however this is one book i look forward to listening to again.

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  • Rowan
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    "A military story but a good one"

    It?s a military book for sure. There are lots of military stories out there to buy but this one is a beaut. It?s a pretty long one but didn?t feel it. It?s a fully rounded book was sad to have it end. I highly recommend.

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