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The 13th Valley Audiobook

The 13th Valley

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Publisher's Summary

Finalist for the National Book Award: a work that has served as a literary cornerstone for the Vietnam generation.

The 13th Valley follows the terrifying Vietnam combat experiences of James Chelini, a telephone-systems installer who finds himself an infantryman in territory controlled by the North Vietnamese army. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a world of conflict and darkness, this harrowing account of Chelini's plunge and immersion into jungle warfare traces his evolution from a semipacifist to an all-out combat-crazed soldier. The seminal novel on the Vietnam experience, The 13th Valley is a classic that illuminates the war in Southeast Asia like no other book. It is the first title in Del Vecchio's Vietnam War Trilogy, which also includes For the Sake of All Living Things, about the Cambodian holocaust, and Carry Me Home, which addresses the aftermath of war.

©2012 John M . Del Veccio (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Lisa V 17/03/2017
    Lisa V 17/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Very good, a classic"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    quite long so not for a single sitting


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    the only parts of this story i didn't like were the multiple philosophical conversations between the troops which while i'm sure happened on occasion didn't really add to the story and just seemed out of place, the second was the speed at which Cherry turned to 'the dark side' just seemed too fast for me but apart from that it was great.

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  • Craig
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    17/02/17
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    "Best, truest novel of Vietnam from the Grunt's POV"

    When I first read this novel decades ago I was amazed. It's the truest, most honest book about the Vietnam war, from the field soldier's point of view, I've ever read. None of the movies you may have seen about Vietnam, or the other novels, come even close to telling what it was really like. I was there in 1969 and I attest that what you'll read in the book is true. All of it.

    If you want to know what Vietnam was like for the grunts in the field, the ones who actually fought the war and many of them died there, this is the book you want to read. It's also well written, but too long in parts. You'll end up skipping some of the less relevant parts. The author, Del Vecchio, was there with the 101st Airborne and knows what he's talking about.

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  • Anthony
    11/03/17
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    "a window to the past "

    loved this book.story is intense and hard to set down.narrator is awesome! GET IT!!!! this story will touch you more ways than one.

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