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Generation Kill Audiobook

Generation Kill

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Publisher's Summary

They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.

They were a new breed of American warriors unrecognizable to their forebears - soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey.

Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.

Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.

©2008 Evan Wright; (P)2008 Tantor

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    W. Shawn Gasser Piedmont, SC USA 01-15-17
    W. Shawn Gasser Piedmont, SC USA 01-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Of course better than the HBO TV series..."

    Every bit as funny in the comedic parts. Very poignant look at the realities of war.

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    Daniel 01-11-17
    Daniel 01-11-17 Member Since 2011
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    "A great story documented just the right way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Generation Kill to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The way it is written makes it easy for the narrator to be seen as a reporter just speaking to you about the events that took place during that period of time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were great. They are described perfectly, each wit their own specific traits and attitudes of what's going on that they all are interesting. It makes you wonder about what was really going through some of their minds during specific times throughout the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene that involved the characters during combat. To hear the narrator describe their actions and thoughts during high stress situations really showcases the many different types of personalities that make up the military.


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

    I could've easily listened to this in one sitting. The subject matter has always been interesting to me and the author does a great job of documenting what he saw and experienced during his time with the Marines.


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    Greg 04-19-16
    Greg 04-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A fourth right telling of Force recon at war"

    This tells the whole story doesn't hold anything back it's very detailed and nature and a great read

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    JasonGreyman 03-25-16
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    "Narrator should have been a military guy"

    Reads a little unnaturally, mispronouncing stuff like Mk19 and POG. Story was different than adapted in the miniseries.

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    masonlee89 12-01-15
    masonlee89 12-01-15
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    "Reality"

    The story and performance were amazing. This should be required reading in schools instead of the propaganda that idealizes war.

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    Dr. Ryan 08-25-15
    Dr. Ryan 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is AMAZING!"
    If you could sum up Generation Kill in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Insightful, Intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into what "really" happens in war. Indiscriminate killings, mistakes, errors of the military, political struggle, etc. Fascinating insight.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor – was your favorite?

    Great narration! I almost didn't get this book because of all the negative comments on narration. This guy is AMAZING. Never once does he stutter in 15 hours. His voice goes up and down and he does an amazing job acting out all the different characters. This guy is a pro. One of the best narrated audio books I've ever listened to.


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

    No ... it's too long. That would be impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not let the narration haters sway you from this book. The guy does a great job. The story is fantastic and exciting. Really gives you an idea of how jacked up war really is.

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    TSU ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-31-15
    TSU ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, United States 07-31-15
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    "Great book"

    This book is awesome. Raw details of recon marine life in war. Makes you wish you were one of them.

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    OneLife Raleigh, NC, United States 07-13-15
    OneLife Raleigh, NC, United States 07-13-15 Member Since 2012
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    "It doesn't really get any better than this."

    Very interesting and very sobering. From a Jarhead's perspective, this book is perfect. You should definitely buy it.

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    Rebecca 05-18-15
    Rebecca 05-18-15
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    "Well done"

    Very well read and a great book. Absolutely no complaints. the reader makes you feel like you really know the Marines

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    Paul Sowers 02-27-15
    Paul Sowers 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not Just A War Story..."

    This book, while set upon the backdrop of war, is much more than just an account of First Recon's run into Bagdad: It is the story of the soldiers in First Recon. Their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the future. You really feel like you come to know the individual marines.

    Recommended as highly as possible!

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