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.
Release Date: Nov 01, 2003
Publisher: Recorded Books
Meet the Author
Tim O'Brien matriculated at Macalester College. Graduation in
1968 found him with a BA in political science and a draft
O'Brien was against the war but reported for service and was sent to Vietnam with what has been called the "unlucky" Americal division due to its involvement in the My Lai massacre in 1968, an event which figures prominently in In the Lake of the Woods. He was assigned to 3rd Platoon, A Company, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry, as an infantry foot soldier. O'Brie...
Meet the Narrator
Tom Stechschulte is an American film and television actor. His most prominent role may have been that of the Presidential candidate Robert Arthur in The Manchurian Candidate. He has also had guest appearances on the television series Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Mrs. Columbo.
Stechschulte is a prolific audiobook reader, having read, among others: Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and The Road, James Ellroy's The Black Dahlia, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Car...
Oct 11, 2007
I first bought The Things They Carried at the Bruised Apple, a used bookstore and coffee shop in downtown Peekskill, New York, back in 1991 when I was fifteen years old. By the time I graduated from high school a few years later I'd read it so often that the pages, already brittle, were nearly worn... more...
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Feb 16, 2009
Powerful writing about being a soldier in Vietnam. I, personally, had a friend once who was a marine there when he was 19. He lost both legs above the knees when he stepped on a land mine. "The guy next to me died" he told me. "I killed him". He couldn't see it any other way... H... more...
19 people liked this review.
Nov 03, 2007
The writing is solid enough, but most of the time it feels like it's on rails..."I am about to use a metaphor...the metaphor is happening RIGHT NOW...this is what the metaphor meant..." There's a whole section where he rationalizes his inclusion of the previous section. Also, the book is b... more...
9 people liked this review.
Jul 07, 2008
Technically speaking, The Things They Carried is extremely well-written. O'Brien is a good, tight writer who knows how to weave a story. But even while I admire his style and technique, I am put off by the emptiness and moral vacuum he leaves when his machine guns and grenades finish ripping open ... more...
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May 29, 2007
I just finished reading this book with my 10th grade English students. It is always the class favorite, so I save it for the end of the year. I'm glad I have the occasion to reread it periodically--immersing myself in the details of a soldier's life seems like the least I can do these days.
8 people liked this review.
Jan 15, 2008
I read only parts of this collection back in college and it's only now that I'm reading the rest. I've been haunted by the title story ever since I first read it, and it's still powerful today. I think I read somewhere that it's one of the most anthologized short stories of American fiction. Prob... more...
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Aug 03, 2011
Honestly what can you say about a book that is not only so enticing that you miss your stop not once but five times (yeah that's right I sat on the bus and went round in loops) , but also so moving that you need to pull away just to gather yourself. After finishing this book, I feel that the author ... more...
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Jul 16, 2008
A fictionalized version of O'Brian's time in Vietnam, TTTC is a series of short stories that isn't about killing Charlie or "wondering who the real enemy is" or any of the usual Vietnam cliches, and it's not about the futility or the glory of war. It's about the mundane, it's about walkin... more...
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Aug 04, 2008
Oh dear. Another victim of war book. It's time we stop this nonsense; War sucks. No kidding. I read some other readers' comments on this book. "What a marvel, what a great writer." Sorry; many of these folks obviously have never had a bad day in their lives, and are living for the vic... more...
4 people liked this review.
Dec 18, 2008
Here are two reviews of this book.
The stories of the author, a sergeant in Vietnam in 1968, are vivid and engaging. He combines visceral description, a tour of force for the senses, while utilizing incisive and highly inventive metaphors to bridge the gap between the war stories and the... more...
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