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This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits. In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.
©2007 David Bellavia (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Robert on 09-24-07

As raw as it gets

David Bellavia's memoir "House to House" describes the intense fighting and the sacifices made by our forces in Iraq in raw detail. If you are looking for a first-hand account of what is really going on in Iraq then this is the book you should download. David, thank you for your service to our country.

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By james on 06-05-12

Wow, Best of this type!

Where does House to House rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very near the top. Story is just amazing and author brings you along so well.

What was one of the most memorable moments of House to House?

when author fights by himself in the house near the end of the book. Also when he recounts his interactioins with his son it just tore me apart. Reminded me of my son and having to leave him and his mother when I travel.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to one of his other performances but this was truely stellar.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You bet....but I forced myself to break it into little pieces to make it last.

Any additional comments?

I was thinking this would be similar to many other similar books I read but I was absolutely floored by the emotion, and the feeling that pours forth from this book. Only regret is not purchasing sooner. You will judge other books of this type by this book from now on.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By christina on 08-17-11

pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

I downloaded this because I'd just finished watching Generation Kill on TV and it got me really interested in the lives of military personnel. I did enjoy this book. It feels like an honest portrayal - the storyteller comes over as very brave and strong but also fallible and, on several occasions, a little bit deranged. And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. The bits I liked least were the (long) battle scenes. He doesn't give any real sense of time so you never know whether the events are spread over days or just minutes. Also he seems to take a lot of very odd decisions which kind of jar with the narrative. I'm sure a lot of us would do some strange things under that kind of stress, but it's never really explained. But overall still a worthwhile and interesting listen and a good insight into the life of a soldier

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By Apollo on 09-19-16


House to House lays everything out on the table for your to picture with your mind's eye. Superbly highlighting in great detail the violence of war without losing a single step of pace.

David Bellavia's honesty in his writing is deeply appreciated, and brave; I wonder what his family's thoughts of him are now that they can read not only about his actions but his every thought.

Ray Porter is excellent as the narrator, and is able to change his voice convincingly to play the other people in this book. I'm going to have a look for other books that he's narrated.

Not only do I think that this has been great to listen to but I think that it's important also. A great many people would learn much about life, war and the those who fight them.

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By Justin on 02-15-18

an awesome action pack true story.

Wow.. this books.. seats up there with. LIONS of kandaher and Canivors..
Action pack story..
Not the long biography type.
will definitely give a read over .

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By Jen Hofman on 02-05-18

An excellent listen

Such a beautifully written and delivered book. Very touching but also raw. Very engaging, terrible aussie accent lol. All round excellent.

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