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Author: Robert Stone Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781602833838
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In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he’ll find action—and profit—by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. His courier disappears—probably with his wife—and a corrupt Fed wants Converse to find them and the drugs. Or else.

Dog Soldiers is a frightening, powerful, intense novel that perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers. Stone details an American drama of greed and violence in a world where life is cheap and the price of survival dangerously high.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Tom Stechschulte offers a firm reading that relates the novel’s events in a realistic and entertaining manner. He portrays Converse as a terse, hard-nosed character who still manages to be likable. Stechschulte’s delivery is remarkably solid throughout. His characters’ voices adjust accordingly as they journey through the plot. A gripping performance, to say the least.”

    AudioFile

  • “Harrowing…white-knuckled suspense…A here-and-now journey to hell.”

    Time

  • “A dark decendant of Conrad and Hemingway’s adventure stories…Goes hell-for-leather across the landscape.”

    New York Times

  • “Compulsively readable…As forcefully as any novel one can think of, this novel conveys the cynicism, the terror, and the appetite for new experiences that have marked recent years.”

    New Yorker

  • “Dog Soldiers is a novel so good, so interesting and serious and funny and frightening, so absorbing, so impressive, so masterful…It is splendid, terrific action suspense.”

    Esquire

  • “Powerful, literally chilling.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Stone’s Dog Soldiers became a seminal text for disaffected youth across the country but especially those returning home from war only to find themselves out of step, ostracized, or just wondering what the hell had happened—a generation of young men, drafted and armed, who came to recognize just how little anyone in power cared about the value or quality of their lives.”

    CrimeReads

  • “The language is stripped and strong…[with] unerring dialogue and characterization.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1975 National Book Award for Fiction
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A Crime Reads Pick of Novels Exploring the Vietnam War Aftermath
  • A BookRiot Pick of Most Celebrated and Best Vietnam War Books

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frederic | 2/12/2014

    " Ok, this pretty much scared the shit out of me with its accurately drawn portrait of the desperate and the damned. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricky | 2/7/2014

    " A violent story about a couple of soldiers from the Vietnam War and their ill-fated attempt at smuggling 3 keys of heroin back to the States. Things don't go well, and their efforts end tragically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gwynne | 1/29/2014

    " Clearly written and, for the most part, quickly paced. The first half was much more compelling than the second half of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/19/2014

    " No particular aspect of this book grabbed me, not that any particular aspect was bad. When I found myself debating if I should get further in Dog Soldiers or catch up on the news, I decided I might as well put this down and get something I wanted to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/17/2014

    " Raymond Chandler meets Hunter S. Thompson. In a good way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 1/15/2014

    " I'm sorry Kevin, but I didn't like Dog Soldiers. I finished it today on a flight from Washington back to Boston. I was thinking as I flew, what is it about this book that just didn't work with me. I thought that maybe it was the fact that I couldn't relate to the characters or that I didn't like them or didn't understand how they think. But, I know there are many books with unlikable character or characters that I don't understand. Somehow I manage to love these books. I don't know. I don't think that I care for books about running heroin. Or books where characters are referred to by their last names. There was something very much of it's time about the book, a grimy hard edge that just seemed weird. I guess being alive a living 40 years after the dystopian period that is described in the book takes the bite out of it. The world may look like it's going to hell, but we're still around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 1/15/2014

    " When it comes to dope, moral ambiguity and dramatic tension, Robert Stone is a gimlet eyed guide to the downside of American hubris. Always worth the ride, and often at the head of the pack. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/11/2013

    " Incredible, brilliant, intense Vietnam era novel--nobody paints a scene like Robert Stone, stunning dialogue. National Book Award winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 10/27/2013

    " This book won the NBAward in the early 70's and one can see why: it's got Vietnam, a brick of heroin, and Bonnie and Clyde action from some hopelessly narcissistic drugged up folks. Oh those wacky Baby Boomers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 10/10/2013

    " Set in Vietnam, which I guess makes it historical. Extremely well done. I enjoyed it a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 3/23/2013

    " My favourite period of American fiction/film...early 1970's...The Last Detail, Save the Tiger, Five Easy Pieces. America had lost it's swagger and did some internal searching. This is right in that area, very good with a bit of paranoia thrown in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JFKW | 10/27/2012

    " My favorite story about a couple of people doing what they shouldn't be doing. And stuff. Dude! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 BAKU | 12/20/2011

    " I recall there was only about one paragraph actually worth reading in the whole novel "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 7/16/2011

    " Good book. Heavy, smoky world of early seventies american narco-trafficking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/19/2010

    " Lean prose, fast-paced...I LOVED this book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 5/1/2010

    " Too nihilistic for my taste, all drugs and violence, but it's very well written. One character is described as "a snout faced meat locker." Everyone and everything is completely f**ked. It is compelling but I was glad when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/7/2009

    " "Piquant,'' as one of the characters puts it. The Vietnam/junkie/'60s burnout experience has never been done better, and not for lack of trying. Words fail. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 8/14/2008

    " I enjoyed the first half, but then it just got boring. It saddens me that Stone seems to have become so bitterly disillusioned with the sixties that he went on to write not only this but also the horrendous, stilted and cynical "Prime Green". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 8/1/2008

    " Starts off with a bang, trails off to a whimper quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 4/8/2008

    " I'm trying to read all Robert Stone's books, but this one was a little too over the top for me. (I did read it to the end though) "

About the Author

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and twice winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has earned mulltiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. He has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won many AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. He was featured on one of the most famous episodes of The Incredible Hulk ever, September 1979’s “Blind Rage.”