House to House

  • by Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by Ray Porter
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the personal side of battle, where emotion, courage, and strength are stretched to the limits. In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York State's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross. He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor and for the Army's second-highest combat medal, the Distinguished Service Cross.

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What the Critics Say

"[W]ill satisfy readers who like their testosterone undiluted...a precise, hour-by-hour account of the fighting, featuring repeated heroic feats and brave sacrifice from Americans." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

I downloaded this because I'd just finished watching Generation Kill on TV and it got me really interested in the lives of military personnel. I did enjoy this book. It feels like an honest portrayal - the storyteller comes over as very brave and strong but also fallible and, on several occasions, a little bit deranged. And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. The bits I liked least were the (long) battle scenes. He doesn't give any real sense of time so you never know whether the events are spread over days or just minutes. Also he seems to take a lot of very odd decisions which kind of jar with the narrative. I'm sure a lot of us would do some strange things under that kind of stress, but it's never really explained. But overall still a worthwhile and interesting listen and a good insight into the life of a soldier
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- christina

Excellent

House to House lays everything out on the table for your to picture with your mind's eye. Superbly highlighting in great detail the violence of war without losing a single step of pace.

David Bellavia's honesty in his writing is deeply appreciated, and brave; I wonder what his family's thoughts of him are now that they can read not only about his actions but his every thought.

Ray Porter is excellent as the narrator, and is able to change his voice convincingly to play the other people in this book. I'm going to have a look for other books that he's narrated.

Not only do I think that this has been great to listen to but I think that it's important also. A great many people would learn much about life, war and the those who fight them.
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- Apollo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-08-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.