Beneath the Bamboo: A Vietnam War Story

  • by Stan Taylor
  • Narrated by Michael Driggs
  • 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Excerpt: I watched two point men take 50-caliber machine gun bullets to the head and watched the third being grabbed and taken behind enemy lines. Two of the enemy soldiers, whom we often referred to as gooks, quickly came after me. As I mowed them down with my automatic rifle, I crawled backward, away from the enemy gunfire, using my helmet to push sand in front of me as I went, which made it possible to look behind me. But as I looked back, I realized my safety net was no longer safe. I saw my entire company falling like dominoes. Medics were running left and right, risking their lives to help others with bravery that even the most amazing soldier couldn't hope to match.
Some of the events I witnessed during that moment were beyond comprehension. I watched a young, courageous black medic take an 81-millimeter round to his head, and his whole body instantly turned to smoke. Nineteen- and 20-year-olds were crying like children but fighting like someone had raped their sisters. So many things were going through my head at that moment, and in one single heartbeat I was overwhelmed with a flashback of my entire life. This is the story, from point A to B, of my life and times in the midst of hell on Earth.

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Intriguing documentation of events of war

If you could sum up Beneath the Bamboo: A Vietnam War Story in three words, what would they be?

personal informative scary


What other book might you compare Beneath the Bamboo: A Vietnam War Story to and why?

None I have never read a first person account of war before.


Which character – as performed by Michael Driggs – was your favorite?

Mr. Jones himself


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did actually...it was such a personal exploration into Jones's life...about the abuse he endured growing up and being bullied...about the atrocities and terrors of war. I was glued to my computer and did not get up for the entire time the narration was on. Mr. Driggs did an excellent job talking in different personalities.


Any additional comments?

The way the book was written I could almost feel the terror as the soldier went into the tunnels. And the love he had for his wife was almost palpable...would love to meet the author and his lovely wife.

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- J. R. Schiminski

Good Nam story. Highly recommended.

I like the evolution of young soldier coming out of man. The overall respect he had for his fellow soldiers is awesome. Hats off to Michael Driggs for doing a great job.
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-15-2015
  • Publisher: Jonathon Jones