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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Galli Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781415929322
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Spreading democracy takes more than cutting-edge military hardware. Winning the hearts and minds of a troubled nation is a special mission we give to bewildered young soldiers who can’t speak the native language, don’t know the customs, can’t tell friends from enemies, and–in this wonderfully outrageous Iraq-era novel about Vietnam–wonder why they have to risk their lives spraying peanut plants, inoculating pigs, and hauling miracle rice seed for Ho Chi Minh.

Brash, eye-opening, and surprisingly comic, Of Rice and Men displays the same irreverent spirit as the black-comedy classics Catch-22 and MASH–as it chronicles the American Army’s little known “Civil Affairs” soldiers who courageously roam hostile war zones, not to kill or to destroy, but to build, to feed, and to heal. Unprepared, uncertain, and naive, they find it impossible to make the skeptical population fall in love with them.

But it’s thrilling to watch them try.

Among the unforgettable characters: Guy Lopaca, an inept Army-trained interpreter who can barely say “I can’t speak Vietnamese” in Vietnamese, but has no trouble chatting with stray dogs and water buffalo. Guy’s friends include “Virgin Mary” Crocker, a pragmatic nurse earning a fortune spending nights with homesick soldiers; Paul Gianelli, a heroic builder of medical clinics who doesn’t want to be remembered badly, so he never goes home; and Tyler DeMudge, whose cure for every problem is a chilly martini, a patch of shade, and the theory that every bad event in life is “good training” for enduring it again.

Pricelessly funny, disarming, thought-provoking, as fresh as the morning headlines, and bursting with humor, affection, and pride, Of Rice and Men is a sincere tribute to those young men and women, thrust into our hearts-and-minds wars, who try to do absolute good in a hopeless situation. Show less

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey White | 12/3/2012

    " This is not what you would imagine from a book about the Vietnam War. Very humorous and touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/31/2012

    " Oh, this was good. It combined the gritty reality of war with the dark comedy and satire of M*A*S*H* and Catch-22, like it says in its own description. It pulls you in and keeps you hooked from the first page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 12/4/2011

    " 3 -- blah and interesting and boring and funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/16/2011

    " I adored this book. Very many laugh out loud moments and I didn't want to put the book down each night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/1/2011

    " audio book. The book seems to be an u[dated takeoff of Catch 22 but set in Vietnam. It seems to work, although it doesn't have the same fullness as Heller. Its a bit like listening to a quartet instead of a symphony. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabrielle | 4/4/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Showed the lighter side of a tour in Vietnam without being silly. Highly recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 3/25/2011

    " 3 -- blah and interesting and boring and funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/27/2008

    " Oh, this was good. It combined the gritty reality of war with the dark comedy and satire of M*A*S*H* and Catch-22, like it says in its own description. It pulls you in and keeps you hooked from the first page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 11/19/2008

    " This is not what you would imagine from a book about the Vietnam War. Very humorous and touching. "

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About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.