Colder than Hell

  • by Joseph R. Owen
  • Narrated by Richard Rohan
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Joe Owen tells it like it was in this evocative story of a marine rifle company in the uncertain, early days of the Korean War. His powerful description of close combat in the snow-covered mountains of the Chosin Reservoir and of the survival spirit of his Marines provide a gritty real-life view of frontline warfare.As a lieutenant who was with them from first muster in California, Owen was in a unique position to see the hastily assembled mix of some 200 regulars and raw reservists harden into a superb Marine rifle company. The action and narrative move fast as the company learns to fight under enemy fire, eat frozen rations, and keep pushing forward when its wounded and dead go down.


What the Critics Say

"Owen's firsthand account is chilling and rather wonderful." (James Brady)
"Joe Owen's account of Baker-One-Seven's courageous ordeal is blunt, authentic, and compelling - a fitting tribute to his company and to his Corps." (Col. Joseph Alexander, USMC (ret.))


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Customer Reviews

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First of all the narrator does a great job with the book. The book itself is a gripping tale of infantry combat in the Korean War. The author tells it like he saw it and the book does not dwell on the larger issues of the war (military or political). But if you want a great 'you are there' story of infantry combat this is one of the best accounts I have read. A classic.
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- Paul

At last!

Refreshingly devoid of the clinical approach & window dressing customarily surrounding this fateful nexus of the Korean War. A well written and absorbing exposition of the early northern offensives from the perspective of those who fought them. A highly esteemed keepsake for the veterans and families of B/1/7.
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- Glenn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press