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4.11111111111111 out of 54.11111111111111 out of 54.11111111111111 out of 54.11111111111111 out of 54.11111111111111 out of 5 4.11 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Wright Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400179749
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They were called a generation without heroes. Then they were called upon to be heroes. Within hours of 9/11, America's war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears-soldiers raised on hip-hop, Internet porn, Marilyn Manson, video games, and The Real World, a band of born-again Christians, dopers, Buddhists, and New Agers who gleaned their precepts from kung fu movies and Oprah Winfrey. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary, and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional, and moral horrors ahead, the "First Suicide Battalion" would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality, and camaraderie of a new American war. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war.... An adrenaline rush of intelligent prose. Financial Times
  • “Nuanced and grounded in details often overlooked in daily journalistic accounts…A complex portrait of able young men raised on video games and trained as killers.”

    New York Times

  • “A pungently written combat narrative and a close-range study of a bunch of twentysomething warriors trying to get a handle on who they are.”

    Time

  • “One of the best books to come out of the Iraq war…An adrenaline rush of intelligent prose.”

    Financial Times

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hugo | 4/25/2011

    " Just a lot of crude jokes and shenanigans. Even though it's like that some time in the military it was over exemplified in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delilah | 4/13/2011

    " Thought-provoking and accessible, clear prose which seeks to explicate conflict from the ground-level, and to humanise rather than demonise. Worthwhile reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leila | 3/11/2011

    " This is the best book I've read so far this year. I do not like war stories as a general rule, I find them depressing. But this book was so engrossing I could not put it down. I read it after watching the HBO miniseries, which is also fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/19/2011

    " I would say this is a counterpart to Band of Brothers in terms of how it captures the attitude, atmosphere, and scope of the war it describes. Check out the T.V. show to see Fruity Rudy and the rest of the companies in all their glory. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/9/2011

    " Only could make it halfway through before it became too repetitive for me, but certainly eye opening about the both the brutality and humanness of our war machine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 2/6/2011

    " Read the basis for the just-as-good miniseries. Took me a while to read it (close to a year all up I think), as it lacks a true through-line to keep you hooked, but it's well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 2/4/2011

    " painfully true. you may have seen the hbo series, read the book, its just as good "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 1/30/2011

    " Loved this book, it had me laughing out loud, not sure if I was supposed to or not but it was well written and you were really able to sense the character of these young men in the invasion of Iraq. This was the second book I read like this, first one being War by Junger, similar styles. "

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About the Author
Author Evan Wright

Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill and Hella Nation, is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He has also written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Wright has won two National Magazine Awards for reporting and profile writing, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, a PEN Literary Award, and a General Wallace M. Greene Jr. Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. He lives in southern California.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.