And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. and think this is one of the best. Audiobooks that you'll love, like, or may not want to spend your time or money on. It gives details about things I've never thought about before - what it's like to have lacerations from flying shrapnel all over ones face and body in a filthy, bacteria laden environment (the result is intense infection), or the consequences of not being able to take off combat boots for days on end (painful, rotting feet) - and those are just a couple of the "little" things. What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like? Ben Timberlake, By: North Carolina General Assembly. he was in Iraq fighting this same nasty war during the height of the surge, watching his "brothers" die everyday . In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". She represents everrything he's always avoided. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers. If you listen to this book, there will be a part where your heart will be in your mouth (no spoilers). . Don't look for the reasons why we go to war but experience through the authors and narrator what it means to be in combat, sometimes hand to hand combat. . Narrated by Ray Porter. The book does not always read well but this is not meant to be a classic this is one mans perspective and I think he does the job well. In a few short, gritty, honest sentences--how someone is eating, the thoughts in his mind--you are pulled closer to his reality than any naturalistic work I have read, be it even McCarthy or Faulkner. Story is just amazing and author brings you along so well. From its early beginnings in World War II, the Special Air Service (SAS) has won renown in some of the most dramatic, dangerous and controversial military special operations of the 20th century. Sean Parnell, The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. . To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. our youngest son wasn't an infantryman either, he was a small arms repairman, but in the heat of war, soldiers do what needs to be done . And besides, I wanted to have an audiobook to offer where I felt entirely respectful of the individual, in awe of all he’d seen and done. The House (Audio Download): Christina Lauren, Elizabeth Louise, Deacon Lee, Simon & Schuster Audio: Amazon.com.au: Audible And in the end? Mark Bowden, Narrated by: Nicholas Irving, Narrated by: Humerus, witty, addictive! War is not clean, surgical or all electronic yet... We still rely on the "Warrior" despite the spin often portrayed in the media. And besides, I wanted to have an audiobook to offer where I felt entirely respectful of the individual, in awe of all he’d seen and done. When one man feels fear, another will come to his aid, will buck his courage up, will assure him that he won’t die alone. ©2007 David Bellavia (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc. "[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." As it stands, it seems the American war machine would have you believe the entire city of Fallujah was populated by "bad guys", all equally guilty of murder. Populated by an indelibly drawn cast of characters, it develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire. our son is in the army, he's an NCO, just like Staff Sergeant Bellavia . Ronald Fry. Also when he recounts his interactioins with his son it just tore me apart. This is one mans view of the US assault on Fallujah, if you want an overview of strategy this is not the book for you. You can't go wrong listening to it. . Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? This is a book you must get. It’s a brutal and unforgiving environment against a brutal and unforgiving foe. Will Damron, This is a book you must get. John Bruning, Narrated by: This is a first hand account of the horrors and sometimes incredible stupidity of war. Is that you…?!? By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning / Narrated By: Ray Porter. I might have missed it but there's no mention of civilians at all in the book, which is bizarre. Ben Timberlake has spent a lifetime in pursuit of the ultimate rush. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. Finally, I can't say enough good things about the narrator - he is fantastic. For a few audiobooks now, I’ve carped glibly that I kept “hearing” his performance in a favorite Christmas book every time I tried to listen to each of these books. When I Die I'm Going to Heaven 'Cause I've Spent My Time in Hell. Nick Brokhausen, Narrated by: Telegram Instagram. My services in the Army taught me that you can become numb to almost anything and this book reminded me of those times. Robert Driscoll, Narrated by: Appel gratuit 0800 94 80 12 Me connecter As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. when author fights by himself in the house near the end of the book. The author is very funny, honest and doesn't spare the listener from any of the horrors of war. . The book includes a new chapter on what happened to the platoon members when they came home. In the best-selling tradition of American Sniper and Shooter, Irving shares the true story of his extraordinary career, including his deployment to Afghanistan in the summer of 2009, when he set another record, this time for enemy kills on a single deployment. Alan Sklar, By: Dan Schilling, It also reminded me of the so often stupidity of superior officers who dress like field combat soldiers but sit comfortably behind desks in safe offices and never, ever even come close to combat. . Lori Longfritz, Narrated by: The writing’s about as raw and intense as it gets, and it shows a brotherhood who will do absolutely ANYthing for each other. I wish every American would read this. . And of those politicians in Washington who send young troops to war, young men and women to fight battles for reasons unknown while the politicians pompously wait for their drivers to take them to the nearest pub for a free meal and drinks. 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. Among the best books ever written about men in combat, The Killing Zone tells the story of the platoon of Delta One-six, capturing what it meant to face lethal danger, to follow orders, and to search for the conviction and then the hope that this war was worth the sacrifice. like going out on the Tigris River to repair a water pump out in the open and being shot at . 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. Audible provides the highest quality audio and narration. David, thank you for your service to our country. Adam Jowett, Narrated by: I’ve gotta tell ya. 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