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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12,779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dalton Trumbo Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176557
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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered—not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives…. This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless, and gruesome...but so is war. Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo's story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I—he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact—was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietnam era. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence.”

    New York Times

  • Powerful…an eye-opener. Michael Moore
  • “It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale.”

    Chicago Daily News

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arielle | 2/20/2014

    " I read this junior year of high school, and to this day its the best grade I've ever received on an essay. I titled it "Dead Meat" and I wrote it in Trig class right before turning it in the next period. Thanks, Mr. Kelly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffani | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book in jr. high school... I was (embarrassingly) inspired to read it by Metallica's video for "One," and low and behold discovered a beautifully written story about a terrible war tragedy. The descriptions and authors imagination was so vivid and moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 2/7/2014

    " Great book but when I read it, it was just before I was about to be drafted for the Vietnam war. Not a good time to read it! Thankfully, I never was drafted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh Wood | 1/29/2014

    " An attack disguised as a story. A little too preachy for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 1/23/2014

    " Every time I read this book I like it less and less. I mean, it's okay, but I'm done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/18/2014

    " Can't really say much as it's the ending that makes this book great, and I can't talk about that, can I? Superb, however, and certainly doesn't read like it's 75 years old. Should be compulsory reading in all schools everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steph | 1/12/2014

    " An absolute must for any critical reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Heather | 1/6/2014

    " A fantastic book! Truly shocking and truthful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/18/2013

    " a fine example of anti-war literature that is as relevant today as it was when it was written after WWI. Psychologically terrifying at times and heart rendering at others, It makes you appreciate life in a whole new way while it enrages you and leaves you questioning humanity and its bloodlust. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 8/23/2013

    " I read this book about 35 years ago and I still go back to it in my mind. It left quite an impression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mic | 7/22/2013

    " War! What is it good for? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hanna | 6/14/2013

    " Saddest, most horrifying book in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 4/28/2013

    " haunted me for months - like going through a living nightmare. war certainly is hell but i never looked at it from this particular vantage point - a glimpse into the left over damaged, in the extreme. an important book. heart wrenching. no wonder it was banned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/11/2013

    " This is the book our bookclub is currently reading. Wow - it's a heavy, heavy book and hard to read at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ariana | 3/1/2013

    " If I ever need motivation to sign one of those "do not resuscitate" forms, this is it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 dale | 8/4/2012

    " This is the mother of all anti-war books. Quite possibly the most depressing book I have ever read. It has been virtually immortalized by Metallica as the theme of a song of theirs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alla | 5/13/2012

    " I read this per Howard Zinn's recommendation. It is absolutely terrifying, in a good way of course. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyne | 4/26/2012

    " This book will really make you consider what the true atrocities of war are. My oldest brother recommended it to me when I was about 12 years old and it has stuck with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Harris | 4/15/2012

    " This had a profound effect on me around 1970 ehn I first read it. The Vietnam war was raging...and so was I. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 3/14/2012

    " What an amazing story of the horrors of war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/14/2012

    " This was a very good story, yet so depressing. I can't and don't want to imagine what the charactor Joe went through. What were the doctors thinking?? Why would you put someone through what he went through?? Playing God I guess!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 1/14/2012

    " a living dead man = an interesting concept. no limbs and no face "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 10/21/2011

    " Everyone needs to read this book. Everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Lancaster | 9/5/2011

    " Probably the most depressing book I've ever read, but also really damned good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 6/9/2011

    " Even the ending of this book is depressing, but it sure did make me think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 6/4/2011

    " I liked the free flowing thought but hated the repitition. It seems like sentences would begin with the same thing over and OVER! The last 50 pages was worth most of the monotony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 5/31/2011

    " I am extremely anti-war. Reading this book was a mind opener for me. I loved it. I would have to say that 'Johnny Got His Gun', is and will remain my favorite book of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 davie916 | 5/27/2011

    " I found this book so depressing but very good. Its like watching a horrible train wreck, you just cant avert your eyes. Totally anti-war, but the way its written, I think it can convince anyone to be an absolute anti-war activist. The book is excellent, just by how persuasive it is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chance | 5/19/2011

    " I read this book in high school. The character and his story are burned in my memory forever. Powerful, powerful book. The crushing exposure of the war machine's impact on the human spirit is comparable to Orwell's 1984. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 5/17/2011

    " Reading this along with Starship Troopers should be required of every high schooler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 He-who-must-not-be-named | 5/16/2011

    " WOW! I actually felt panic, claustrophobia, and sorrow while reading this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 5/4/2011

    " I read this in high school and had trouble trying to figure out if the main character was speaking in the present or referring back to the past. The movie was the only thing to help me figure it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/30/2011

    " Powerful as all hell. Provokes a lot of thought about war and the savagery of it, those who make war and those who fight it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 4/18/2011

    " One of the most gut-wrenching books I have ever read, and a terrible inditement to war and its savagery. Reality - I doubt that WW I woudl have had the bility to keep someone alive who was this badly injured, but that s not the point. A supurbly, disturbing anti-war novel. "

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About the Author
Author Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo (1905–1976), a screenwriter and novelist, was among the most prolific and important literary figures of his time. Dalton’s screenwriting credits include Kitty Foyle, for which he received an Academy Award nomination; Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo; and Sparticus. His books include Eclipse, The Time of the Toad, The Devil in the Book, and Washington Jitters. Johnny Got His Gun, the most highly acclaimed work of Trumbo’s extraordinary career, won a National Book Award (then known as an American Book Sellers Award) in 1939.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.