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By Kevin on 06-18-14
Vivid and Relevant: one of the best war books...
Where does Collateral Damage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Chris Hedges is a much-respected war journalist and deserves those merits. In terms of war-related writings, I would put this up there with "Shake Hands with the Devil" in terms of impact and clarity.
This book, unlike Shake Hands, is not a first-person narrative; it relies on interviews of those directly affected by the Iraq Occupation, from Iraqi civilians to American soldiers. This format is tremendously effective!
I've read several of Mr. Hedges' books, including "War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning" (first-person narration) and "Death of the Liberal Class" (tremendous book with larger scope of topic). All amazing, but this book is the most vivid in my memory... powerful and "must-read" status for sure.
Have you listened to any of Lloyd James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Great pace and clarity, perfect narrating performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Gripping and fluid narration, this would be easy to finish in one sitting.
Any additional comments?
All of Chris Hedges' books should be narrated and available on Audible (several already are, even "I Don't Believe in Atheists", which ironically I do not believe in, but interesting debate nonetheless). Not many people have managed to crack mainstream intellectual status and have/maintain some integrity.