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Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: James Tarr, Dillard Johnson

Narrated By: John Pruden

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2013

Duration: 9 hours 11 minutes


Amid ferocious fighting that many times nearly took his life, Sergeant Dillard "C. J." Johnson and his crew are recognized by Pentagon reports to have accounted for astonishing enemy KIA totals while battling inside and out of the "Carnivore," the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Johnson commanded during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After miraculously beating stage-three cancer (caused by radiation exposure from firing armor-piercing depleted-uranium rounds during combat), he returned to his platoon in Baghdad for a second tour, often serving as a sniper protecting his fellow troops. Today, Johnson and his men's story is the stuff of legend—earning them a cover story in Soldier of Fortune and a display in the Fort Stewart Museum. But only now is Johnson telling his full story: reviewed and approved for publication by the Department of Defense, Carnivore is the gripping and unflinchingly honest autobiography of a remarkable American warrior.
"The estimated enemy KIAs for Staff Sergeant Johnson’s BIFV [Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle] during this fight [22 March, 2003] was 488. The informal estimate from the troop was that Johnson and his crew killed at least 1,000 Iraqis on 23 March. Later in the move north, Johnson engaged and destroyed 20 trucks and tallied 314 KIAs in the vicinity of An Najaf. At Objective FLOYD, Johnson’s platoon fought yet another bitter fight against what they claim was a thousand paramilitary troops. … Events were corroborated by separate interviews with the remainder of C/3-7 CAV, to include the troop commander." —On Point: The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the official study of the 2003 invasion commissioned by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff


  • Michael K.

    I never knew that's how it went down, this audiobook will make you late to whatever you are trying to get to because it is very hard to stop listening. Edge of my seat for most of it.

  • Austin M.

    Amazing book! I was that guy laughing out loud in my car while driving in traffic. It was crazy what this guy went through. I can not even imagine.

  • Gary W.

    Really enjoyed this book. You will too

  • jason s

    Quite possibly the best book I've ever listened to. Powerful story. Gripping and emotional. I couldn't stop. Great narration as well.

  • Michael Mayo

    An excellent vivid and candid tail of the days and weeks into the Iraq war. This audiobook has just wait this listener was looking for. First hand combat POV style. Once I listened I was unable to put my headset down. I would recommend this audiobook to all listeners.

Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

by James Tarr, Dillard Johnson

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Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time, James Tarr, Dillard Johnson