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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Arvin, J. D. Cullum Narrator: J. D. Cullum, Nick Arvin Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781598871500
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“The boy they called Heck arrived at Omaha Beach in August 1944. Soon he would be sent to the front . . . ” George Tilson, an 18-year-old Iowa farm boy, is nicknamed Heck because he won't curse. Other than that, he's a typical soldier, willing to do his duty without much fuss or musing about grand goals.

During his first horrific exposure to combat, Heck discovers a dark truth about himself: He is a coward. Shamed by his fear and tortured by the never-ending physical dangers around him, he struggles to survive, to live up to the ideal of the American fighting man, and to make sense of his feelings for a young French refugee. As the stark reality of combat—and the knowledge that he could cease to exist at any moment—presses in on him, he makes a series of choices that would be rational in every human situation except war.

Writing with remorseless clarity in a starkly minimalist style, Arvin draws you into the unimaginable fear, violence, and chaos of the war zone—and creates one of the most disturbing and unforgettable accounts of a soldier's life ever written.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Young | 2/12/2014

    " See red badge of courage "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 2/9/2014

    " a war novel for people who don't like reading about war. moving and haunting "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Courtney | 2/8/2014

    " Too much foul language and an intimate scene. The main character was not at all admirable and I couldn't relate to him. I read this book because it was the "One Book, One Denver" read, but I was not overly impressed by the selection (may have been selected because the book was written by a local author). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 1/11/2014

    " Elegant prose; colorful descriptions of a wide variety of situations; and a well-defined main character I couldn't care less about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 12/10/2013

    " thsi book started out with a strong and silent lead. but, for me, it seemed that he didn't have that much going on in his head after all. or maybe the war experience did it? hmm. excellent descriptives, though, of the fighting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra D | 11/17/2013

    " Started slow, built to an astonishing climax. An unsettling depiction of one soldier's inner war. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 10/27/2013

    " Sort of depressing. But not a bad read if you're into WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 5/20/2013

    " A strong spiritual story of the emotions one goes through on the battlefield. Hopeless. Despair. Fear. All raw feelings. The only bravery is the debate to follow orders or not. A powerful ending and a beautiful first novel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 5/9/2013

    " I really liked it because it is an intense, detailed look at what war is like on the front lines (not, actually, that I would know), and because it is not a typical war hero story. The main character is, in fact, a coward. It emphasizes the brutality and absurdity of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Claus | 4/13/2013

    " I learned to think again. I'm not sure I'm so happy about that, so I think I'll read it again, right away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Majorie | 7/6/2012

    " Fast read, not your typical WWII book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teddy | 6/20/2012

    " Kind of a boring book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/22/2012

    " This war book is unique for that genre because it tells the story of one enlisted man's fear as he is expected to fight in France in World War II. I read this for One Book, One Denver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 4/16/2012

    " Short, intense, not the typical WWII book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/19/2012

    " This was a devastating description of the realities of the first world war. I was moved and shaken by it. I thought of all the things we put our young people through by virtue of the convictions and choices of the people we pick to run the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken McDouall | 11/25/2011

    " This book is truly a masterpiece, and I predict it will have a long future in literature classes. Very controlled, concise writing that depicts the absurdity of battle. War without the glory and the hype, where the only clear impulse is the will to survive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/3/2011

    " Very good; I only wish I had read it before all of the One Book One Denver presentations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teddy | 9/23/2010

    " Kind of a boring book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 9/22/2010

    " This book is truly a masterpiece, and I predict it will have a long future in literature classes. Very controlled, concise writing that depicts the absurdity of battle. War without the glory and the hype, where the only clear impulse is the will to survive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 9/15/2010

    " a war novel for people who don't like reading about war. moving and haunting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne | 4/16/2010

    " Terrific story by a local Denver author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brett | 1/15/2010

    " Elegant prose; colorful descriptions of a wide variety of situations; and a well-defined main character I couldn't care less about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/3/2009

    " This was a devastating description of the realities of the first world war. I was moved and shaken by it. I thought of all the things we put our young people through by virtue of the convictions and choices of the people we pick to run the country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 3/2/2009

    " He's a very good writer but you gotta be ready to step into that
    dark and sultry place and I wasn't. It's a mood book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/8/2008

    " Sort of depressing. But not a bad read if you're into WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad | 4/30/2008

    " Fast read, not your typical WWII book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/26/2008

    " I learned to think again. I'm not sure I'm so happy about that, so I think I'll read it again, right away. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 1/28/2008

    " thsi book started out with a strong and silent lead. but, for me, it seemed that he didn't have that much going on in his head after all. or maybe the war experience did it? hmm. excellent descriptives, though, of the fighting. "

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