Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes audiobook

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

By Karl Marlantes
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Publishing 9780802119285
21.19 Hours Unabridged
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An incredible publishing story—written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, a New York Times bestseller for sixteen weeks, a National Indie Next, and a USA Today bestseller—Matterhorn has been hailed as a “brilliant account of war” (New York Times Book Review). Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones’ The Thin Red Line. It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever. Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable story that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice—a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature. A bonus PDF is included, with maps, a Chain of Command hierarchy, a glossary, and other interesting facts and information. To access the PDF, click here

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books 

Winner of the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

Winner of the 2011 Colby Award

Winner of the 2011 W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

A 2010 AudioFile Best Book of the Year

A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

One of the New Yorker's Best Books of the Year

A 2010 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction

A 2010 USA Today Best Book

A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction

Amazon Best Books of the Year, 2010

A 2011 RUSA Notable Book for Fiction

Winner of the 2011 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Debut

Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

An incredible publishing story—written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, a New York Times bestseller for sixteen weeks, a National Indie Next, and a USA Today bestseller—Matterhorn has been hailed as a “brilliant account of war” (New York Times Book Review).

Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead and James Jones’ The Thin Red Line. It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable story that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice—a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.

A bonus PDF is included, with maps, a Chain of Command hierarchy, a glossary, and other interesting facts and information. To access the PDF, click here

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Bronson Pinchot should get a medal for his extraordinary portrayal of Lieutenant Waino Mellas…Pinchot breathes life into each member of Mellas’ Bravo Company…A surprise attack by a wily jungle cat heightens the eeriness of the tension-filled environment, a quality that is perfectly matched by Pinchot’s performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history.” New York Times
“There’s a reason this big Vietnam War novel made such an impression on the public consciousness. It is a deep and devastating achievement.” George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author
“There has never been a more realistic portrait or eloquent tribute to the nobility of men under fire and never a more damning portrait of a war that ground them cruelly underfoot for no good reason.” Mark Bowden, New York Times bestselling author
“Carefully constructed and beautifully realized…Filled with truth, wisdom, love, and a rich vein of dark gallows humor.” Newsweek
“A brutally vivid debut novel…The visceral Matterhorn is as much a tribute to the marine culture of bravery as it is a dissection of a contentious war and a meditation on the American civil rights movement…Marlantes’ writing is evocative. We feel the marines’ exhaustion as they dig gun pits, carry dead and wounded comrades, and nearly die from hunger…[Marlantes] pitches us into a harrowing narrative we won’t soon forget.” USA Today
“Marlantes doesn’t introduce you to Vietnam in his brilliant war epic—he unceremoniously drops you into the jungle, disoriented and dripping with leeches, with only the newbie lieutenant as your guide…Readers gain a new perspective on the ravages of war, the politics and bureaucracy of the military, and the peculiar beauty of brotherhood.” Amazon.com
“One of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general, that I have ever read.” Dan Rather, award-winning television news anchor
“Marlantes writes with a spare clarity, but he’s unafraid to plumb the emotions of the young men in Bravo Company…More than any living American novelist I’ve read, Marlantes made me feel what I already must have known: that war is worse than hell. There it is.” Michael Schaub, NPR book reviewer
“Marlantes’ epic debut is a dense, vivid narrative…A decorated Vietnam veteran, the author clearly understands his playing field, and by examining both the internal and external struggles of the battalion, he brings a long, torturous war back to life with realistic characters and authentic, thrilling combat sequences…a grand accomplishment.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Even as the Vietnam War recedes into the past, the despair, confusion, and mythology it generated retains a grip on our culture. Debut novelist Marlantes offers a realistic, in-the-trenches look at that war…The battle scenes, at which the author excels, are frequent, brutal, and viscerally energetic, and the skillfully rendered dialog reveals a bunch of strangers attempting to communicate in life-defeating circumstances. In the end, there are no real victors…this is a major work that will be a valuable addition to any permanent collection.” Library Journal
“The Vietnam novel has come of age, and this is a worthy addition to the genre…The environment is painted in vivid, intense hues: the fog malevolent, the bugs and leeches constant torturers, and jungle rot universal. The enemy is always near and often unseen until firefights explode with shocking savagery…the characters are, if traditional, certainly believable. This tough, unsentimental saga is filled with frightened men; most endure and achieve a certain nobility in spite of themselves. An engrossing chronicle of men at war.” Booklist
“What makes this novel so irresistible is Marlantes’ skill at peeling away the many layers of truth in combat…Marlantes’ depiction of men under stress—no matter what race or background—is searing and complex. Matterhorn will not only take its place on the top shelf of war fiction, it’s going to knock a few books off. It’s that good.” BookPage

Reviews

Reviews

by Wes 9/13/2017
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This is the Viet Nam I knew and the soldiers

I like this book. True to story and being a veteran during the 1968 Tet Offensive this was a test of any man newbie or old salt. I laugh< I was serious, I was remembering and most of all I remember the KIA's who never knew it was coming. Good Book, very good book.
by Donald 9/13/2017
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gritty, thrilling trip to a combat zone

This novel was riveting and heartstopping. The scenes depicted in the jungle of vietnam, fighting boredom, jungle rot and bullets were so realistic, it was almost painful to read at times. Excellent writing that captured brilliantly the themes of racism, war, violence, youth and the numbness of military hierarchy.

Marlantes clearly knows his stuff and is a masterful storyteller. His characters are alive, real, and flawed. You can see why it was so highly reviewed critically. This story belongs in the pantheon of Black Hawk Down and Johnny got his gun
by D 9/13/2017

If it was a physical book, i wouldn't be able to put it down..

Not allot to say about this besides buy it, enjoy it and learn from it...a wonderful book illustrating men, and the stupidity of war and loss of the human spirit. highly recommended to young and old alike.
by Omar 9/13/2017
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Matterhorn – great novel, even better audiobook

Given the amount of fiction that has been written about the Viet Nam conflict one would not expect that a Nam novel published in 2010 would be breaking any new ground. From journalistic masterpieces such as Michael Herr’s Dispatches (from which sprung much of the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket) to Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the War, it’s causes, it’s escalation, and the mark it left—on the baby boom generation, on American warmaking policy, and in Southeast Asia—seems a thoroughly exhausted subject.
In Matterhorn Karl Marlantes, who, as a young Marine Corps lieutenant, led men through the monsoon jungles of the Viet Nam highlands, offers a tale of war that while similar to previous works, is ambitious in its scope and compelling in its narrative. The lead character is clearly based on the author, and the novel has a semiautobiographical feel, combined with an omniscient aspect. Jungle ambushes (some involving tigers), incompetent senior officers, tension along racial lines, underfed marines dealing with jungle-rot and malaria along with the NVA, and characters suffering horrible fates just a few pages after you begin to grow to love them, are staples of most Nam novels. But Marlantes offers some new perspectives—particularly on the motivations of the marine grunts, many of who are barely old enough to vote. Marlantes does some finger pointing. As a veteran he was clearly disgusted by the portrayal of marines “baby killers”; and he is unsympathetic to men who attempted to get out of the bush by faking illness or psychological disorder. But Marlantes’ reserves the better part of his scorn for power hungry, often drunk, senior officers who took no thought of the young boys suffering and dying in the jungles so that they might add more brass to their shoulders.
The audio presentation of Matterhorn, narrated by Bronson Pinchot, is nothing short of amazing. Pinchot pulls no punches. With a cast of about twenty characters he commits to giving unique voices and personality to all of them—and succeeds. Pinchot’s emotional investment in the book is evident in the strained, almost hoarse, nature that his voice takes on. In many settings this would not be as appropriate, but when narrating dialog between two young men who have been crawling and hacking their way through the jungle without food or rest this gruff, overworked tone is fitting. Overall, this is one of the finest narrations I have ever heard. The vocal talents are impressive enough; when combined with the emotional content, which to be true owes itself by-in-large to Marlantes’ skill as a character writer, results in a heartrenching experience.
by Erik 9/13/2017
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Perfect!

What an amazing book! Written and preformed without flaw. Ever since I can remember I have always been intrigued by Vietnam. My father, who was a Medic in the Army, would always take the time to answer my question, share his collection of slides (hundreds). He would nit-pick the movies we would watch together, "that is wrong, they wouldn't do that," so no being there myself, I always felt I had a solid foundation of what he went through.


Karl Marlantes painted such a vivid environment, it pulled me into the jungle, the mud, the frustrations; it made me feel as if I was there. Bronson Pinchot blew me away with the passion he brought throughout the book. This is the finest example how a book should be preformed!

Matterhorn brought me to a new level of understanding and appreciation for our Armed Forces.

Author

Author Bio: Karl Marlantes

Author Bio: Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes, a cum-laude graduate of Yale University and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, was a marine in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals for valor, two Purple Hearts, and ten air medals. His novel Matterhorn and his nonfiction book What It Is Like to Go to War, both based on his combat experience, are also both New York Times bestsellers.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 21.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English