What It Is Like To Go To War

  • by Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by Jeff Harding
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Karl Marlantes left University at 22 to serve in the Vietnam War. Matterhorn was the bestselling novel based on his experiences. Now Marlantes takes us back to Vietnam, but this time there is no fictional veil. It is part exorcism of Karl's own experiences of combat, part confession, part philosophical primer for the young man about to enter combat. It is also a devastatingly frank answer to the questions ‘What is it like to face death?' and 'What is it like to kill someone?'

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Compelling philosophy of war

This is a really great listen. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether they are interested in the history of the Vietnam war (which is the book's touchstone) or not, as it gives a balanced and insightful view into the minds of those who have experienced combat. I can't say that I agree with Marlantes' view that war is an inevitability, but if it is, this book should serve as a great reference work for those who will cause it, experience it, and be left to deal with its after effects.



As a UK listener, I initially found the narrator to be quite leaden in his delivery, but persevere and you will soon start to pick up on the nuances in the narration.
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- Rudy

Loved it

The more I hear and read of Karl Marlantes, the more I like and respect him
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- George T.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2012
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks