Extended Audio Sample

Download The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family, by Martha Raddatz Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martha Raddatz Narrator: Joyce Bea Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $17.99 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

From former ABC White House correspondent Martha Raddatz comes the story of a brutal forty-eight-hour firefight that conveys in harrowing detail the effects of war not just on the soldiers but also on the families waiting back at home.

In April 2004 soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division were on a routine patrol in Sadr City, Iraq, when they came under surprise attack. Over the course of the next forty-eight hours, eight Americans would be killed and more than seventy wounded. Back home, as news of the attack began filtering in, the families of these same men, neighbors in Fort Hood, Texas, feared the worst. In time some of the women in their circle would receive “the call”—the notification that a husband or brother had been killed in action. So the families banded together in anticipation of the heartbreak that was certain to come.

The firefight in Sadr City marked the beginning of the Iraqi insurgency, and Martha Raddatz has written perhaps the most riveting account of hand-to-hand combat to emerge from the war in Iraq. This intimate portrait of the close-knit community of families Stateside—the unsung heroes of the military—distinguishes The Long Road Home from other stories of modern warfare, showing the horror, terror, bravery, and fortitude not just of the soldiers who were wounded and killed but also of the wives and children whose lives now are forever changed.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Raddatz’s account has grit and high drama…Delivers searingly vivid evidence of the toll US soldiers pay.”

    New York Times

  • “A masterpiece of literary nonfiction that rivals any war-related classic that has preceded it.”

    Washington Post

  • “ABC News correspondent Raddatz paints a picture of American valor and unflagging commitment.”

    Rocky Mountain News

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Pierre | 2/19/2014

    " When I pick up a non-fiction book for an account of a battle, I expect a well sourced, objective, factual recounting. The use of third-person limited omniscient/third-person universal viewpoints was grating and made the book read like fiction. The details seem contrived and inaccurate. I made it through the first two chapters...checked for footnotes and appendixes and then gave up in disgust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/5/2014

    " While reading this book, I started really thinking about what our military personel are sacrificing in order to defend this country. I would have given this more stars if there were more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marcia | 2/5/2014

    " An amazing book. (do not read if you have family currently deployed in the military-you won't want to know what's really going on over there) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by True Weber | 1/30/2014

    " I'm going to use part of this book in a course I'm going to prepare for next spring. It will be titled "The Politics of War: Vietnam and Iraq. The parts of this book that describe the battle in Sadr City reminds me of a Vietnam battle called Ap Bac. So I'm going to have students compare those two battles for "lessons". "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Martha Raddatz is a senior foreign affairs correspondent at ABC. A four-time Emmy Award winner, she has served as chief White House correspondent for ABC News and has appeared on Nightline, Larry King Live, The Charlie Rose Show, Washington Week, and many other news programs.