• Colder than Hell

  • A Marine Rifle Company at Chosin Reservoir
  • By: Joseph R. Owen
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohan
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (202 ratings)

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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.
©1996 by Joseph Owen (P)1998 by the Naval Institute Press
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 07-20-04

Excellent!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By L. saenz on 05-28-10

Semper Fi Mortars

Loved the book. Almost made me want to reenlist. Just kidding. This book brought back a lot of memories from the time I served from 99-2003. I was in 81mm weapons platoon. These Marines were 60mm line platoon Grunts. I made several cold weather trips to Norway and Iceland but never under fire like these guys. My heart goes out to the Frozen Chosin Marines that lost their lives for our freedom in that frozen Hell Hole.

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