12, 20, & 5

  • by John A. Parrish
  • Narrated by Noah Michael Levine
  • 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The candid memoir of a young doctor who reluctantly accepts a military commission and spends a year behind the front lines of the Vietnam War. Assigned to the marine camp at Phu Bai, Dr. John A. Parrish confronted all manner of medical trauma, quickly shedding the navet of a new medical intern.
With this memoir, he crafts a haunting, humane portrait of one man’s agonizing confrontation with war. With a wife and two children awaiting his return home, the young physician lives through the most turbulent and formative year of his life - and finds himself molded into a true doctor by the raw tragedy of the battlefield. His endless work is punctuated only by the arrival of the next helicopter bearing more casualties, and the stark announcements: “12 litter-borne wounded, 20 ambulatory wounded, and 5 dead.”


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Might be Bogus

There were so many mispronounced Vietnamese cities that I began to wonder if the reader knew what he was talikng about. (Hue is NOT pronouced "hugh". It is "way" )This was a major military location. It could not be mistaken.

It is a mediocre book at best but you have to wonder if it was all made up.
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- johnhalfen

Good memoir

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, it covered a part of history with which I was unfamiliar.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 12, 20, & 5?

The narrator's arrival in country.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Pronounced Hue as Hugh. Unforgivable.

Was 12, 20, & 5 worth the listening time?


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- James LaVigne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios