Johnny Got His Gun

Written by:
Dalton Trumbo
Narrated by:
William Dufris

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2008
7 hours 43 minutes
This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered-not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives.... This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless, and gruesome...but so is war.

Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I-he 'survives' armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact-was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era.
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A. C.

The mother in the beginning can’t compare WW1 with the way in Iraq where she lost her child. War is not pretty and I wish it wasn’t part of the human existence, but it is. While understanding her grief, I served in the US Army for 15 years and served in the first Gulf war , Bosnia, Somalia, Iraq, and afghan, I understand first hand her pain but the reasons we were there were noble and it wasn’t for oil or to get revenge on Safdamn for daddy Bush. You dishonor us all to include the dead with such talk

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Matt B.

Ignore the angry mother in the forward. She doesn't understand the nature of the story. Otherwise, this is an excellent story about accepting death and why war exists. It's awful, but it is our nature. we will never stop until we overcome greed and jealousy.

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Sarah C.

The book is totally ruined by the narrator who has the most dramatic and obnoxious voice. I frequently had to turn the volume down to try to get through the book. You’re better off reading paperback.

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