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I was provided this free review copy audio book by the author or narrator at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of: Tiger Bravo's War by Rick St. John and narrated by David L. White. This was a very well told history lesson on the Vietnam War. It was told by a person who experienced it and about the unit he served in. I enjoyed it very much because this described an elite unit and how they endured a very different type of warfare and the subsequent aftermath of that war. This was my generation’s Band of Brothers. The narration was perfect for the story. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Vietnam War history.
I was enthralled by this history of one year of the Vietnam War. I was born in August 1968, so I have no first-hand knowledge of the Vietnam War, my parents never spoke of it, and it was never covered in school. My knowledge came from movies like Platoon that I watched when I was in college. So, I was interested to hear more about the war and personal accounts of people who fought in it. I was completely horrified by the tale, by the death and the high toll the war cost in lives, but I was proud of the bravery and persistence of the, mostly young, American soldiers. I think everyone should listen to. this story, especially younger, more entitled generations, so they can learn about the efforts and sacrifices of these brave men. I was at once proud of the soldiers and at the same time ashamed of the way they were treated upon their return home. Whether we agree with wars or not, we should never focus our personal opinions on the soldiers doing their jobs.
The narration was excellent. The variety of voices provided was great. Personally, I feel the very stoic, unemotional presentation highlighted the horrors of the war, especially one particular passage that describes a number of deaths in very graphic detail. It made it more real because it was not sensationalized and overly emotive.
That said, if you are overly emotional regarding death and the stark realism of war (for instance if you can't bear the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan), this is probably not the book/audiobook for you.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.