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  • Last Stand at Khe Sanh

  • The US Marines’ Finest Hour in Vietnam
  • By: Gregg Jones
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh told through the eyes of the men who lived it.

For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses.

Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.

©2014 Gregg Jones (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Very good book

The book itself is excellent, I cannot fault it and learnt allot. The only thing is the narrator. The way he says some of the words is like water torcher. Drip, drip, drip. In particular the words "North Vietnamese". However buy the book or audio and persevere. It's worth it. l learnt allot. Sorry for my whinge.

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It's ok

Prefer hearing first hand account not a reporters.
Narrator does not know how to say Vietnamese. Can't listen anymore.

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Incredible Story

While being incredibly sad, this is a huge part of modern history, the book was very detailed, and read very well, clear and precise. I recommend you get this book to understand life as it was then..

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Superb!!

Brilliantly researched and superbly written. The author walks the listener through the harrowing months by following individual after individual describing their actual experiences and often the circumstances of their demise.

As a veteran myself I’ve seldom heard told so brilliantly the randomness and cruelty of fate or lived the days through so many names that now live forever on the granite walls of the Vietnam memorial in Washington

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Immersive

A captivating title that I couldn’t drag myself away from, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the personal stories of the Vietnam war.

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Great Book

Great book. Written and narrated so well. Highly recommend it to anyone with a interest in Vietnam.

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  • Ronald F. Romancik
  • 26-04-2014

Great Book

Where does Last Stand at Khe Sanh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this book among the best Vietnam stories I have read

Which scene was your favorite?

All of them

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Khe Sanh a living hell

Any additional comments?

I was a Special Forces Medic and was at Khe Sanh when the siege begain on 1/21/68. I was only there for two weeks before going back to Phu Bi. It was living hell for the two weeks I was there . This book filled in all the rest of the story that I was ,for a short time part of . I new some of the people mentioned in the book. It was well written and was hard to stop listing too. The narrator was excellent. God bless all the Marines who fought of so hard at Khe Sanh for there buddies and for freedom. WHO RAHHH!

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  • Elvis
  • 29-09-2017

Vietnamese?

How could you possibly narrate a book about Vietnam and not even know how to pronounce the word Vietnamese? Not a big deal if he only had to say it a couple of times but, for obvious reasons, he had to use the word for what felt like a thousand times throughout the book and it really started to get annoying.
Other than that, the book is a good read.

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  • ioane_77
  • 02-08-2014

Thanks.

If you could sum up Last Stand at Khe Sanh in three words, what would they be?

Sobering, awe-inspiring, and humbling...

What did you like best about this story?

The truth. It's refreshing to read accounts that are largely straightforward accounts of the situations and the people who experienced them.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The topic is too much to sit and listen to in one sitting. It's obviously not a novel... One can take only so much heart-wrenching details and accounts in "one sitting".

Any additional comments?

The topic and reality of what this book covers is sobering. My respect for both our country and her military defenders increased substantially, thanks to this superb and honest book. It shows our country's imperfections (especially those of her leaders), yet clearly shows as well the deep, abiding foundation of patriotism and service in a great many of her citizens.

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  • chelsie
  • 31-12-2020

it's pronounced vietnamese not vietnam-ese...

other than the mispronunciation of vietnamese the whole time or was a great book... very interesting

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  • Sam
  • 31-10-2020

Viet- NOM-esse STOP saying that!!!!

The information in this book is so good But the non stop mispronouncement (sic) of words and

locations ruins any creditable reliance

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  • QueenOBeans
  • 23-10-2020

Interesting perspective on this battle.

All in all I enjoyed the story, it added a personal connection to the battle with the personal stories from soldiers and marines that served there. The narrators pronunciation of the word Vietnamese is annoying, hence the one star rating for his performance.

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  • Just_Shoppin
  • 07-10-2020

Didn’t like the narrator. Story holds its own

Funny how this story rolls out. It’s not like others where the strategy is driving the story. In this book the strategy is left unanswered. The battle revolves around the outpost and the air supply doesn’t get the focus it should. This book has a negative USMC slant. Narration was terrible and never emphasized the sheer grit of the battles. I still enjoyed the book, but I’m a war nut. There are other better accounts that provide a broader view.

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  • dylan
  • 15-10-2016

that narrator though

it's a good book at all but I swear it's like the narrator is purposely mispronouncing words

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-2015

Excellent read...

Never forget the honor and sacrifice !!!
So many Americans simply do not appreciate the courage of these men. Books like this help to keep History straight.

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  • Craig D. Arnold, Sr.
  • 06-04-2015

Outstanding review of the facts and the stories...

Excellence review of the action of those who lived, fought and died in that hell. Make one think about the wisdom of war, let alone the battles. This shows the marked difference between stating facts and what Washington was putting out at the time. Very good listening.

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  • Mark Doyle
  • 05-09-2021

This was a story

This was a well researched and brutal story on the futility of that conflict

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  • JB
  • 26-09-2021

Fantastic

A well researched, written and narrated book. The detail was amazing, especially the stories of individual named marines. Probably the toughest battle of the Vietnam war, and if you are interested in that conflict this book is a must have.

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  • Simon Faure
  • 20-08-2021

Vietnam conflict the insiders view

Great narrative for the book well read and immensely listenable I would recommend that as its in the subscription cost then its a must listen for all people interested in this historic war.

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  • Toby
  • 23-10-2021

Very Descriptive

Absolutely fantastic account. Great depth of information and endless personal accounts that really brought the story alive and was quite honestly upsetting, but only right that we hear such raw tragic stories. Would happily have paid for this audio book.

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  • Iain D. Metcalfe
  • 12-09-2021

Excellent Story

Well researched, well written and well read. Listening to Last Stand at Khe Sanh was an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

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  • D Clarke
  • 30-11-2021

How should history be remembered?

Gregg Jones has clearly done the most incredible research for this book and it is a beautiful epitaph for so many lives cut short. The events at Khe Sanh play out as much through the individuals involved as the military actions. This did not initally gel, but as I review reading Gregg’s hard work I greatly admire this approach and what does indeed matter is the people involved and their humanity.

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  • lauren phipps
  • 08-11-2021

Superb !!

on my 4 listen. Well written , in depth and detailed . Well narrated. I have learned a lot .

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  • Davey_Boy
  • 15-10-2021

An astonishing insight into a terrible time.

An in-depth look into the events that led to the siege at Khe Sanh, the siege itself as well as the aftermath. The carnage on both sides was eye-opening and the author went to great lengths to convey this to the reader, via testimony from people who were there. The narration is wonderful as well. An unmissable audiobook for those interested in military history.

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  • JD
  • 09-10-2021

Very Well Researched and Written Book

Good to listen to book which flows well with compelling content. My only criticism is the narrator's pronunciation of "Vietnamese". It comes out as "Viet-NAM-eaze which grates quite a bit and sounds like a strange cleaning product/ constipation medicine.

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