• What It Is Like To Go To War

  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-01-2012
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (12 ratings)

Publisher's Summary

Karl Marlantes left University at 22 to serve in the Vietnam War. Matterhorn was the bestselling novel based on his experiences. Now Marlantes takes us back to Vietnam, but this time there is no fictional veil. It is part exorcism of Karl's own experiences of combat, part confession, part philosophical primer for the young man about to enter combat. It is also a devastatingly frank answer to the questions ‘What is it like to face death?' and 'What is it like to kill someone?'
©2011 Karl Marlantes (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 21-05-2016

A crazy insight into the experience of a soldier

Karl gives a brutally honest account of his messed up journey including the messed up things he did and saw...and the messed up things that most people all secretly want a piece of. He makes the "psychology of warriors" a fascinating science.

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By Lucien on 26-09-2015

Excellent and enlightening

What a book, loved it start to finish. A lot of good stories and life lessons

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3 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 23-09-2015

Target audience

This, when heard by someone outside its target audience (someone going to/ returning from war or someone close to someone going to/ returning from war), contains a great amount of fluff.

An interesting insight at times, an elongated sermon/therapy session in others. This is not a judgement for or against its value.

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By Rudy on 23-12-2012

Compelling philosophy of war

This is a really great listen. I'd recommend it to anyone, whether they are interested in the history of the Vietnam war (which is the book's touchstone) or not, as it gives a balanced and insightful view into the minds of those who have experienced combat. I can't say that I agree with Marlantes' view that war is an inevitability, but if it is, this book should serve as a great reference work for those who will cause it, experience it, and be left to deal with its after effects.



As a UK listener, I initially found the narrator to be quite leaden in his delivery, but persevere and you will soon start to pick up on the nuances in the narration.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Niall on 30-09-2016

Excellent overall, if a little preachy at the end

Excellent description of his experiences, with sage and frank life advice. A little preachy for my tastes towards the end, but I would still highly recommend.

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