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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes
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Matterhorn

A Novel of the Vietnam War

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Narrator Bronson Pinchot
Length 21 hours 11 minutes
Language English
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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.

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.

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.

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Reviews

“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.”

“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.”

“A raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history.”

“There’s a reason this big Vietnam War novel made such an impression on the public consciousness. It is a deep and devastating achievement.”

“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.”

“Carefully constructed and beautifully realized…Filled with truth, wisdom, love, and a rich vein of dark gallows humor.”

“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.”

“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.”

“One of the most powerful and moving novels about combat, the Vietnam War, and war in general, that I have ever read.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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