The Only War We Had
- A Platoon Leader's Journal of Vietnam
- Narrated by: Alexander MacDonald
- Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-09-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
Michael Lee Lanning's journal of his first tour of duty in Vietnam provides an unvarnished daily account of life in the field. The blood, fear, camaraderie, and tedium of combat and maneuver. Fleshed out with narrative and detail years later, the pages of this memorable book, first published in 1987, show an eager young recruit growing before the reader's eyes into a proud but bloodied combat veteran.
Subsequent volumes in his Vietnam Trilogy will detail Lanning's tour as a company commander and his post-war investigation into the mind of the enemy. Through his eyes, readers see the reality of a war that did not always receive glory but was, in his words, "the only war we had."
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By Chris F on 16-06-17
Soporoific narration, odd cadence. Good story.
What did you like best about The Only War We Had? What did you like least?
The diary format of the book. Gave a strong sense of order and time.I liked the narration least, although I felt the book would have been improved by more quoted dialogue and talk of the actions of others - granted it is in effect an extended diary.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Not really relevant as few others are mentioned by name.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Yes. I think it would make a good film and I don't recall a film of this nature. Something like Full Metal Jacket or Born on the Fourth of July, but they both had (reasonable) agendas and following one man day by day would make a fascinating film.
Any additional comments?
I found the narrator pleasant to listen to, but his odd cadence and frequent use of a low voice was both distracting and made it difficult to concentrate on. It sounded as though he was bending his head down to read an uncomfortably placed script. It really is most odd.
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By Jeffrey on 23-11-15
What made the experience of listening to The Only War We Had the most enjoyable?
It's simply amazing to hear Lanning's books. They strike me as being completely honest, since he never pulls his punches, even when it would have been easy to leave some things out in order to make himself look better. One wonders why he didn't make full Colonel--no doubt it has something to do with his habit of answering even superior officers in his very direct manner. Seems that, unfortunately, the REMF's had the last laugh. It certainly isn't a judgment on his combat record, which is simply brilliant! I like this guy much better than, say, Larry Heinemann. Lanning doesn't indulge in cynicism and sarcasm at the expense of the men with which he served. His work makes me respect the Vietnam vets all the more.
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By James on 06-03-16
Very well written.
Great read. Perfect narrator for story. I learned alot about Vietnam and our soldiers sacrifice.