Generation Kill

  • by Evan Wright
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the 23 Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam.They were a new breed of American warriors unrecognizable to their forebears - soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey.Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer.Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war.


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Politically Neutral??.....Not.

What disappointed you about Generation Kill?

First, let me say that I've listened to more than 130 books via Audible. All but a few have been non-fiction, and the vast majority about America's military, war, and American history. Many, many with an emphasis on special operations in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This is the first book in which I have ever written a review. I was absolutely compelled to do so. Many of the reviews I read (prior to listening) made a conscious note to proclaim how politically neutral this book is. This should have been warning # 1. Warning #2 was that this book was made into an HBO mini-series (the same network that produced a scene in which a decapitated head of George W. Bush's head was used "by accident"??). Those things aside, I decided to listen to the book. Listening, you would think that the heros in one of America's most elite military units are nothing but a bunch of bafoons who don't know how to lead and/or execute orders, and, more importantly, who are a bunch of vigilantes who take pleasure in killing "possibly" innocent civilians. These types of scenarios outnumber the heroic acts of American forces at least 10-1 in this book...and this is in one Batallion alone...and in a very short period of time. War is brutal. Many, many innocent people die. That's the way it is. If this book is politically neutral, you can send me your Christmas list and your presents will be delivered under the tree on December 25. This book is slightly more subtle in it's liberal interpretation than Blackwater. While this author refers (directly, and in his own words) to American forces as "occupiers" and "invaders" on more than one occasion, he stops short of using the term "Imperialist Forces", unlike the aforementioned book. After listening to this book, I did a little more research on the author: He's written (and often received accolades) for his writings in the NY Times, LA Times, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair magazine....You can make your own decision if it's truly politically neutral.

Would you recommend Generation Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

If I were given 10 books to read, this would be the 10th book on my "to do" list.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was more disappointed in the "politically neutral" reviews than anything else. Either people giving these types of reviews have political blinders on or they're completely ignorant...and I don't know now you can be ignorant about a book after reading/listening to it. In either case, they're not being intellectually honest. I'm not sure which is worse.

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- Brett

Too much "F" word to be listenable

Military histories are a particular love of mine, but this one is a no-go. I bailed out after about an hour and a half. Yes, the "F" word is military vernacular, but too much is too much. When reading with the eyes, you can skip over offensive content. When "reading" with the ears, it's impossible. At first, I thought, "OK, I'll tune it out." But two or three usages per sentence gets to be like the infamous water torture. May be realistic, but it's a bit over the top for my ear. Too gets in the way of what may be a great story. I'll never know.
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- Eunice

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio