• by Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 22 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.


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Made for the Big Screen

The plot, the personnel, the time and the place scream out for this to be adapted for the movies. I enjoyed that it stayed with Mellas and didn't jump between characters too much. The reading was terrific. It makes you want to know if Mellas makes it. On the downside, I thought the run up was a bit long, although it can't be said the foundation wasn't laid for the conclusion. I found the racial politics interesting. I could have read more about the fragging (in fact I am now). Must have made life and death even more tenuous to know the bullet could come from any side. I will definitely read another novel by the author and,of course, I think the narrator is worth watching too.
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- Ian C Robertson "Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't."


This book is magnificent. The writing of Karl Malantes and the narration by Jeff Harding combine to make this a very special experience. From the beginning to the end it is as if the listener is an adjunct member of Bravo Company in the jungles of Vietnam. The fear,the squalour,the bravery and the comradeship are all there. No punches are pulled.Whether it deals with battle, commanding officers or race relations the story and presentation is realistic and unrelenting.Of the many dozens of Audible books I have listened to this one is amongst the very best.
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- Geoff

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2011
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks