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What made the experience of listening to A Rumor of War the most enjoyable?
The narration by L.J. Ganser convinced me I was listening to Philip Caputo. Caputo's story is believable and frank. It does not gloss over or dwell on the mistakes of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war nor does it dwell on them. This is a story of political naivety and the reality of being a professional soldier.
As a former soldier of the Vietnam era I could identify with his experiences and empathized with the changes he went through from enlistment to his days of being a war correspondent.
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Rumor of War?
The near mental breakdown when Philip Caputo started to visualise all around him as corpses.
What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?
He sounded like what I would expect Philip Caputo to sound like. He had peculiarities of military jargon down pat. His range voices was true to the individual characters and allowed the listener to immerse themselves in the story and kept the characters different and distinctive.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Caputo realises that his classmate was one of the statistics that he had to record.
Any additional comments?
A fantastic listen and a true to life account of Marine officer's experience in early Vietnam.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Wonderfully read first person account of a young Marine officer in the early days of the Vietnam War. For us history/military fans, it is a nice break from the dry Generals perspective, to what it is like to be a grunt in the field. Worth the buy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
bought this book years ago but never got round to reading it. great read. entertaining.
What did you like most about A Rumor of War?
The different perspectives of soldier and combat correspondent bring a different dynamic to this Vietnam war book
What did you like best about this story?
First person narrative, the detail of each encounter was just so real
What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Everything, he completely makes the book come alive, the best narration of a book I've heard in a very long time, very apt casting, very believable
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, after a slower start, I didn't want to stop
Any additional comments?
A must for anyone interested in the Vietnam war, I would put this up there with Tim O'Briens "If I Die in a Combat Zone" which sadly isn't available on Audible yet, nor is the other must read from this Genre - Michael Herr's "Dispatches" , please Audible add these two literary classics to the library !!!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful