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They Will Have to Die Now

Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, 21st Century
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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James Verini arrived in Iraq in the summer of 2016 to write about life in the Islamic State. He stayed to cover the jihadis' last great stand, the Battle of Mosul, not knowing it would go on for nearly a year, nor that it would become, in the words of the Pentagon, "the most significant urban combat since WWII." 

They Will Have to Die Now takes the listener into the heart of the conflict against the most lethal insurgency of our time. We see unspeakable violence, improbable humanity, and occasional humor. We meet an Iraqi major fighting his way through the city with a bad leg; a general who taunts snipers; an American sergeant who removes his glass eye to unnerve his troops; a pair of Moslawi brothers who welcomed the Islamic State, believing, as so many Moslawis did, that it might improve their shattered lives. Verini also relates the rich history of Iraq, and of Mosul, one of the most beguiling cities in the Middle East.

©2019 James Verini (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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"Ray Porter’s forceful narration heightens the propulsive quality of Verini’s writing, while also highlighting the general and enduring absurdities of war." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Personal and informative thru a great performance.

Porters performance felt natural, yet captivating, with energy and an astonishing array of voices for the characters that Verini encountered. Verini delivers a great balance of historical background and personal experiences to enlighten the reader of the very real world that many people endure but most Americans cannot fathom.
I had to listen to the whole book a second time before I was ready to consider starting another book.