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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Jadick Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400173600
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A riveting memoir from the Navy doctor praised as "Hero, M.D." on the cover of Newsweek. Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At thirty-eight, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq. During the Battle of Fallujah, Jadick and his team worked tirelessly and courageously around the clock to save their troops in the worst street fighting Americans had faced since Vietnam. It is estimated that without Jadick at the front, the Marines would have lost an additional thirty men. Of the hundreds of men he treated, only one died after reaching a hospital. This is the inspiring story of his decision to enter into the fray, a fascinating glimpse into wartime triage, and a compelling account of courage under fire. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mcjoshinator | 2/17/2014

    " amzing....descriptive graphic good imagery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie | 2/15/2014

    " I really appreciated this look at one man's experience saving lives in an environment where lives are so easily lost. It helped me understand the loyalty that binds the men and women in the Marine Corp, as well as the importance of the Navy corpsman. Alternately gripping, humourous and tragic, the author pays tribute to each fallen man that he came in contact with and honors the service that they provided. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Flanagan | 2/15/2014

    " The author takes us with him onto the battlefield of Fallujah as he puts himself at risk so others might survive. An interesting read but was not exactly what I was expecting. "

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

    " Lots of interesting (and sometimes horrifying) medical details. Most of it takes place during the Battle of Fallujah. "

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

    " I read this book because my uncle served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman with the Marines at the battle of Fallujah. For that reason, it was an interesting look at Navy medicine, but it wasn't a particularly compelling book. There are better books about Fallujah out there, like "We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/26/2014

    " This book takes you inside Iraq with a military physician. Shows the dangerous and important job our troops are doing. Well-written, even for the lay person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2014

    " Interesting insight into military medicine. The Author spends A LOT of time on his personal history and too brief a time sharing his battlefield experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/10/2014

    " An intense first-hand account of the Battle Of Fallujah. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Defay | 12/11/2013

    " If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be an battalion doctor on the war front in Iraq, this is the book for you. Jadick explains how he got there and what it was like. He is a man who goes above and beyond the call of duty, I would guess, in everything he does. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 12/3/2013

    " More than you ever thought you'd know about military medicine on the front lines of the Iraqi war. And probably more than the families of the patients wanted to know about their loved ones last minutes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi Dewynter | 11/15/2013

    " Amazing what these guys went through!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmy | 10/20/2013

    " He's not a writer, but the story is excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garett | 4/26/2013

    " I liked this book because of the detail of how things are in battle for the medics. It also gave me a better picture of what the troops are going through over there. It was a first novel for the author and the writing style reflected that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 3/26/2013

    " Eyeopening look at what the medical personnel supporting our troops go through just trying to perform their duties. This book focuses on the battle for Fallujah and brings home just how grateful we should be for all the young service men and women in our military. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/26/2012

    " Loved this book. Even though my husband was deployed at the time I read it, I really enjoyed getting an inside view of the medical/military life at war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloria | 9/7/2012

    " Wonderful book. Great insight into the mind of a battalion surgeon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maggie | 6/6/2012

    " This book did not grab my attention...I lost interest and didn't finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Falbs | 4/3/2012

    " Wouldn't want to serve under this douchebag, although he does have some sound ideas on improving the military. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 1/25/2012

    " This was a great up-close look at the war in Iraq from the perspective of an innovative doctor. His techniques and the changes he implemented saved lives and will have an impact on front-line medical treatment for years to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 12/19/2011

    " A little insight into what war/combat is actually like, although we still have no real concept having not lived through it. Makes you proud and grateful for the men and women who sacrifice so much on our behalf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/11/2011

    " Awesome book. You probably have to be interested somewhat in the subject matter to appreciate the story but I couldn't put this down. About one Marine doctor's experience serving in Iraq. Very informative, sad at times, and inspiring. Good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/25/2011

    " After reading House to House, this is the Marine Corps story of the taking of Fallujah. I feel it tends to jump around and doesn't flow as it should. Over all it is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2010

    " Fantastic read...learned a lot about the war in Iraq! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/22/2009

    " Awesome book. You probably have to be interested somewhat in the subject matter to appreciate the story but I couldn't put this down. About one Marine doctor's experience serving in Iraq. Very informative, sad at times, and inspiring. Good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisif | 7/7/2009

    " Lots of interesting (and sometimes horrifying) medical details. Most of it takes place during the Battle of Fallujah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena | 5/5/2009

    " Did not read as smoothly or hold my interest as much as Ruff's War but still an OK read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/4/2009

    " fascinating - writing was medicore - but it is story that deserves to be heard "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 1/10/2009

    " Some parts are interesting - as expected will pull on your emotions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/5/2009

    " 2 stars because the author strikes me as person who thinks a bit too highly about himself and his abilities, along with having a bit of a martyr complex.

    1 star for the medical stuff.

    Still upset about the whole "physician's assistant" thing. "

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About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.