Street Without Joy

  • by Bernard B. Fall
  • Narrated by Derek Perkins
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.

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Missed opportunity for the US

Would you listen to Street Without Joy again? Why?

I have read this at least three times and will do so again.


What other book might you compare Street Without Joy to, and why?

The Last Valley by Martin Windrow. Windrow revisits the pre-cusors to Dien Bien Phu, the battle itself and the aftermath. Although written thirty years later when considerably more French and North Vietnamese governmental records were available, the foundational details remain the same with similar, if not the same conclusions.


What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

It was fine.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Complete puzzlement in how the battle came to pass and the fact that US did not learn from the mistakes of the French in Indo-China.


Any additional comments?

A thumpingly good book.

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- Mr S.M.R.Plocki

Old Indochina Hand tells it like it was

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fascinating listening, especially as it was written just before America's involvement in Vietnam began to involve putting lots of combat units on the ground. The author was killed by a landmine on the titular street without joy in 1967 which gives this work an added dimension.I think it bears up really well and was gripped from start to finish.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The author himself, who isn't shy of talking about his own experiences and opinions


What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

His voice is a good choice, his pronunciation practiced and he even gets away with doing a few accents


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Before the war you knew, there was the one you don't


Any additional comments?

I hope there are more audiobooks from this author on here

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio