Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal" - three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child. Among the Bravos is the Silver Star-winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native. Amid clamoring patriots sporting flag pins on their lapels and Support Our Troops bumper stickers on their cars, the Bravos are thrust into the company of the Cowboys' hard-nosed businessman/owner and his coterie of wealthy colleagues; a luscious born-again Cowboys cheerleader; a veteran Hollywood producer; and supersized pro players eager for a vicarious taste of war. Among these faces Billy sees those of his family - his worried sisters and broken father - and Shroom, the philosophical sergeant who opened Billy's mind and died in his arms at Al-Ansakar. Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms - soldiers both dead and alive. In the final few hours before returning to Iraq, Billy will drink and brawl, yearn for home and mourn those missing, face a heart-wrenching decision, and discover pure love and a bitter wisdom far beyond his years. Poignant, riotously funny, and exquisitely heartbreaking, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a devastating portrait of our time, a searing and powerful novel that cements Ben Fountain's reputation as one of the finest writers of his generation.
Publisher: Chicago : Dreamscape Media, LLC, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611208023
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Wyman, Oliver
OverDrive, Inc

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JCLMELODYK Jul 18, 2016

I listened to this audio book on a long road trip and enjoyed Oliver Wyman's narration. I've read quite a few Iraqi war novels and this one is different because it wraps itself all up in the alter of American Football and Thanksgiving. The half-time scene is absolutely brilliant, the description of the wealthy wives spot on.

There were a few unbelievable parts (Billy Lynn's virginity for one) and on more than one occasion the story stopped while the author went on a political rant. Dear Author, Please be quiet! I'm trying to listen to Billy. I even agreed with the author's politics but still to me it was a bit heavy handed.

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SuzeParker
Jan 27, 2015

Ben Fountain succeeds extravagantly at penning a satire that takes an unflinching look at the disconnect between America's shallow, self-indulgent civilian popuation and the war in Iraq.

The soldiers of Bravo company have distinguished themselves in battle, losing one of their number, and have been brought home for a two-week victory lap around America. SPC Billy Lynn, the company's 19-year-old hero of heroes, is a bit of a lost lamb, longing to believe that his fellow citizens are worth fighting for and that the American dream still awaits him, if he can just survive his remaining 11 months of duty. Almost every encounter in his two weeks on American soil, and particularly on this final day of the public relations-driven victory tour, seems designed to relieve him of his naivete.

If foul language bothers you (as the abundance of it in this book did me), you might steer clear. Apart from that, this is a well-written and insightful book.

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