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What made the experience of listening to The Only War We Had the most enjoyable?
It's simply amazing to hear Lanning's books. They strike me as being completely honest, since he never pulls his punches, even when it would have been easy to leave some things out in order to make himself look better. One wonders why he didn't make full Colonel--no doubt it has something to do with his habit of answering even superior officers in his very direct manner. Seems that, unfortunately, the REMF's had the last laugh. It certainly isn't a judgment on his combat record, which is simply brilliant! I like this guy much better than, say, Larry Heinemann. Lanning doesn't indulge in cynicism and sarcasm at the expense of the men with which he served. His work makes me respect the Vietnam vets all the more.
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What did you like best about The Only War We Had? What did you like least?
The diary format of the book. Gave a strong sense of order and time.I liked the narration least, although I felt the book would have been improved by more quoted dialogue and talk of the actions of others - granted it is in effect an extended diary.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Not really relevant as few others are mentioned by name.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Yes. I think it would make a good film and I don't recall a film of this nature. Something like Full Metal Jacket or Born on the Fourth of July, but they both had (reasonable) agendas and following one man day by day would make a fascinating film.
Any additional comments?
I found the narrator pleasant to listen to, but his odd cadence and frequent use of a low voice was both distracting and made it difficult to concentrate on. It sounded as though he was bending his head down to read an uncomfortably placed script. It really is most odd.
A fantastic book about a young infantry officers tour of duty in Vietnam (this is book 1 of 2).
Well written, well read and very immersive.
Enjoyable story from a leaders point of view. Quaint at times capturing the human experience from a young leaders point of view. With a point of view that highlights the way time changes acceptable language and attitudes I found it insightful and enjoyable.
The narrator struggles in the beginning but warms up as the story progresses.