To Quell the Korengal

Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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In 2007, the US Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade posted to northeastern Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Battle Company, the best within the Brigade, was assigned the toughest Area of Operations. It was called the Korengal Valley. During their 15-month tour, Battle Company saw more combat than any unit since Vietnam. Raw and unapologetic, To Quell the Korengal is a first-hand account of life on the front lines. Written by a grunt on the ground, it is rife with gun fights, grueling foot patrols, a villainous company commander, the austere routines of the American soldier, and the kind of humor only found in war.

Though equally appealing to combat-hardened listeners, the story is told in a manner any civilian can comprehend. It was the author's wish that the book could serve as a bridge of understanding for a veteran's wife or mom, or anyone curious about the conflict and sacrifices of our nation's troops.

©2015 Darren Shadix (P)2017 Tantor
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truest form of grunt-speak here

A good rendition of been there, done that. Nicely put in Real World Language not sugar-coated or sanitized.

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Great war memoir

I don’t think this is as excellent as House to House Outlaw Platoon or The Outpost, and there has been a decent amount written/documented about Restrepo (the medic, the base)....BUT that said this is a great memoir, good amount of action although I could use more dialogue even if it is only a guess (because no one wrote down exactly what they said in this battle, or that meeting with an elder). I could read every one of these books when they are written this well. Above avg narrator too. It sparks in me what every one felt on Sept 12, 2001 and why some took up the call to fight overseas.

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Great Listen

first person account, Amazed by what the men went through in the Korengal. Also shows the stupidity of REMFs. Rear Echelon mother F.

Great listen to the day to day life of foot soldier

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A tale of war

A great insight in to the Afghan war. Would recommended this book to anyone. A thrilling listen.

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Excellent Book

If you want to know what its like to be infantry, in a war this is an excellent account. Well written and well narrated. A birds eye view of being an infantryman in the hottest spot in Afghanistan at that time. One of the best accounts I have ever read on this war from a foxhole point of view. As a retired Army Infantryman myself I can relate to this book well and tell you that he gives you a very good inside look at what its like, the hardships, the insanity, the comradeship and much more. Highly recommend.

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Excellent !

Excellent account of what was going on in Afghanistan while the Iraq "Surge" was finishing.

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Excellent

Narrator did an amazing job of describing life and conditions in combat. A good followup to the book of Chosen Company's experience in the same region.

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worth it

written and spoken just how it should be. nothing fancy or over your head and action packed

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Be prepared

As a former Vietnam grunt I can relate to miserable living conditions but all you will hear in this book is 9 hours of complaining, bitching and how bad he had it. He tells stories that have no endings and just full of more complaining about everything. I thought it might get better as I got into the book but it didn’t.

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Good, well read story

A good book with aa good performance by the narrator. I highly recommend this book

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great read and absolutely fantastic book.

funny, yet serious and very true account told by someone who is be scared of being honest. fantastic read. one of the best Afghan accounts I have read.