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What a book, loved it start to finish. A lot of good stories and life lessons
This, when heard by someone outside its target audience (someone going to/ returning from war or someone close to someone going to/ returning from war), contains a great amount of fluff.
An interesting insight at times, an elongated sermon/therapy session in others. This is not a judgement for or against its value.
This is a really great listen. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether they are interested in the history of the Vietnam war (which is the book's touchstone) or not, as it gives a balanced and insightful view into the minds of those who have experienced combat. I can't say that I agree with Marlantes' view that war is an inevitability, but if it is, this book should serve as a great reference work for those who will cause it, experience it, and be left to deal with its after effects.
As a UK listener, I initially found the narrator to be quite leaden in his delivery, but persevere and you will soon start to pick up on the nuances in the narration.
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Should be essential reading for anyone contemplating joining the army or marines. Blunt honest brutal
Karl gives a brutally honest account of his messed up journey including the messed up things he did and saw...and the messed up things that most people all secretly want a piece of. He makes the "psychology of warriors" a fascinating science.