The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

Audiobook CD - 2013
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The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of 43. It has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, Inc., ℗2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455851591
Branch Call Number: CD Fiction OBRIEN
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (7 hr., 53 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Cranston, Bryan 1956-


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Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame narrates these interrelated stories about the Vietnam War. This book deals thoroughly, sensitively and sadly with the heart of the American soldier. Also available on CD.

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Jun 16, 2016

Cranston's narration brings out each character's voice, allowing the listener to sink in and immerse himself/herself in the character's Vietnam War experience.

Dec 16, 2015

I was a bit disappointed with this. At times it seemed he went off track, but I do realize that the title also includes what they carried in their minds - not just on their person. After reading 100+ on this subject I can think of several other reads more 'together' - of course, I wasn't there & they all came away with varied aspects. Unfortunately, most of the ones I read are paperback, never reaching library shelves. Bernard Phall - Street Without Joy - 1950's French in Indochina.

Aug 19, 2015

One man's passionate story of his experience in the Vietnam War. This collection of shorts tells a tale in a non-linear fashion, and utilizes war stories that may or may not be true. He also uses the voices of his comrades and relations. I had never heard of this book, but a quick google reveals many study guides - if this is required reading for teens, I applaud.

Listened to the version narrated by Bryan Cranston, who does a spectacular job. Recommended!


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