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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Karl Marlantes

Narrated By: Bronson Pinchot

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2010

Duration: 21 hours 13 minutes


The novel is set during the winter monsoon season of 1968-69 on and around a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the mountains of the remote north-western corner of Quang-Tri Province. The protagonist, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant, wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. Two people stand in his way. The first is a well-loved, combat-weary lieutenant of his own age, who desperately wants out of the bush, but who does not want to leave his Marines with an inexperienced and overly ambitious officer. The second is an angry young leader of the company s radical blacks, who has all the political skill, savvy, and ambition of the protagonist. As the protagonist experiences the costs of combat, he sees the terrible results of his ambition and starts to change, learning that compassion and heart are more important than ambition and skill.

'Matterhorn is 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


  • PNJ

    I am a "boomer" and not a fan of the Vietnam war but this book is fabulous. Truly tells the story of the Marines fighting as well as the insane politics. Different racial climate, too boAndhe ok brought it back in a fascinating and accurate way!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great book! I wanted to listen to a good war story and I took a chance on this one. It takes you on a journey with a bunch of kids living through horrible conditions and doing whatever they are ordered to do. Made me gringe, laugh, and brought a tear to my eyes at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    If you like historical fiction you will like this book it’s well written

  • Dave M

    A book that reveals the unimaginable and intense violence that war is, and how it scars those who have lived through it. Very well written and narrated, I was left drained, but in a good way.

  • Ed

    Great, great story of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. As a USMC Officer I found the characters, story line and text all to honest and right on que. I thought it was one of my best selections this year.

  • Andy Wills

    An emotion evoking description of the life of a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War. The narrator brings the words to life with accents and passion.

  • Vincent iannace

    Great book. I learned what my father went through while serving in the Quang Tri Province.

  • dave

    I didn't want this to be even partly real. Turns out it probably was mostly real. Great book. Wish there was a obscenity free version for the kids.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the best war stories I have ever "read" It reminded me that it is the best of a generation that fights thes wars and die for no good reason.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

by Karl Marlantes

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Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes