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The Things They Carried
by Tim O'Brien and Bryan Cranston


Overview - This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms. Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling," The Things They Carried s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms. Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling," The Things They Carried s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word. The soldiers in this collection of stories carried M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and M-79 grenade launchers. They carried plastic explosives, hand grenades, flak jackets, and landmines. But they also carried letters from home, illustrated Bibles, and pictures of their loved ones. Some of them carried extra food or comic books or drugs. Every man carried what he needed to survive, and those who did carried their shattering stories away from the jungle and back to a nation that would never understand. This audiobook also includes an exclusive recording The Vietnam in Me, a recount of the author s trip back to Vietnam in 1994, revisiting his experience there as a soldier 25 years before, read by Tim O Brien himself. The Things They Carried was produced by Audible Studios in partnership with Playtone, the production company headed by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and the creator of the award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781455851591
  • ISBN-10: 1455851590
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
  • Publish Date: November 2013


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Books > Fiction > War & Military
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-03-31
  • Reviewer: Staff

O’Brien’s collection of short stories, which he describes as fiction, is one of the most seminal works about the Vietnam War. It follows grunts trudging through hostile country and describes, as one might surmise from the title, the things they carried. These artifacts—comics, possible love letters, Bibles, photographs, and compasses, as well as the necessary array of military items—reflect the character of each man and the world in which he exists as a soldier. Narrator Cranston provides a fine performance in this audio edition. He has a gravelly, rich voice that’s perfect for the material. As he embodies different soldiers, Cranston’s voice alternates between melancholic, wistful, disaffected, and resigned. He’s less successful, however, when voicing female characters. However, these instances are rare, as O’Brien’s text largely focuses on the interior workings of the soldiers on the ground. (Nov.)

 
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