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I usually only listen to audiobooks while driving, but I found myself carrying a portable CD player around the house and patio so I could continue to listen to this story while doing projects around the house.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I read the print version a decade ago but decided to listen again. I had forgotten much about Sam Damon and his journey. Listening to it in Audio was much different and thoroughly wonderful. Already knowing how the story unfolds allowed me to listen more intently to the development of the character, understand their struggles, and feel the anguish of their circumstances. The audio performance was excellent. Every American, military or not, can learn a great deal from Myrer's characters. May the Damons of the world prosper and the Massingales falter.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I can think of a number of military accounts, both fiction and non-fiction that I've enthused about over the course of seven decades, foremost amongst them being Remarque's "All Quiet On The Western Front", Monserrat's "The Cruel Sea", Mailer's "The Thin Red Line", Crane's "Red Badge Of Courage" and Kantor's "Andersonville".
In more recent years I've found Jeff Shaara's work, along with that of Hugh and Stephen Ambrose and, latterly, Karl Marlantes equally compelling.
Not until this week, however, have I come across a work of military fiction so engrossing and so mesmerising that I found myself - even before I'd completed the book - going back time and again to certain paragraphs or sections in order to keep the author's wonderful, sometimes distressingly so, description of one event or another in my mind.
Anton Myrer's staggeringly complex Once An Eagle is unmissable - a huge work that is apparently required reading for West Pointers and US Marine Corps officer candidates. I have it as an audiobook (unabridged and narrated over a massive 41 hours by the excellent Grover Gardner) but have ordered it in 'real time' for my bookcase.
Those who never read it will never know what they've missed!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A superb book, I enjoyed the audio version even more then reading the paper version years ago. A great story truly bringing the pointless horror, the total waste of war home to you, every soldier and politician should read this.