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Author: Larry Heinemann Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781481580960
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From the moment his first novel was published, Larry Heinemann joined the ranks of the great chroniclers of the Vietnam conflict: Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien, and Gustav Hasford.

In the stripped-down, unsullied patois of an ordinary soldier, draftee Philip Dosier tells his story of the war. Straight from high school, too young to vote or buy himself a drink, he enters a world of mud and heat, blood and body counts, ambushes and firefights. It is here that he embarks on the brutal downward path to wisdom that awaits every soldier.

In the tradition of The Naked and the Dead and The Thin Red Line, Close Quarters is the harrowing story of how a decent kid from Chicago endures an extraordinary trial and returns profoundly altered to a world on the threshold of change.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An unremittingly honest look into the black pit of war…Larry Heinemann’s voice is clear and true.”

    New York Times

  • Close Quarters can stand with the finest Vietnam writing, fact or fiction.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The best work of fiction to come out of the Vietnam War.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “The most ambitious and substantial novel about the war in Vietnam…The first one that people can read seventy-five years from now and gain an insight into how the war was truly fought…Following the talk of the soldiers, you feel more like an eavesdropper than a reader.”

    Kansas City Star

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephan | 10/12/2011

    " One of the best novels on the war from a soldier's existential pt of view. Doesn't let the moral ambiguities of the conflict get in its way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DoctorM | 8/7/2011

    " Very simply: one of the finest Vietnam War novels. Hard, crisp, intelligent, powerful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 3/29/2008

    " I'm not big on war novels, but I read this one for a 60's history class and ended up being sucked into the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/12/2008

    " Brutal. Not as hopeless as Paco's Story, but a seemingly authentic study of how a bright idealistic boy becomes a terrifying killer by fighting in the Vietnam Conflict. Heinemann does not pull any punches in his graphic depiction of what must have been hell on earth. "

About the Author

Larry Heinemann, a Vietnam vet, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the William Fulbright Scholarship Program. His work has won the National Book Award and the Carl Sandburg Award. He lives in Chicago with his wife. His short stories and nonfiction have appeared in a variety of publications, both here and overseas.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned numerous Audie Awards for narration, as well as Audie nominations. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Dashiell Hammett, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.