Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Version: Unabridged
Author: Karl Marlantes
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: April 2010
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 21 hours, 20 minutes
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An incredible publishing story-written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, a New York Times bestseller for sixteen weeks, a National Indie Next, and a USA Today bestseller-Matterhorn has been hailed as a "brilliant account of war" (New York Times Book Review).
Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead and James Jones' The Thin Red Line. It is the timeless story of a young marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever. Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. It is an unforgettable story that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice-a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.
A bonus PDF is included, with maps, a Chain of Command hierarchy, a glossary, and other interesting facts and information.

Reviews (14)

Written by Anonymous on May 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

If you like historical fiction you will like this book it’s well written

Written by Dave M on March 31st, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A book that reveals the unimaginable and intense violence that war is, and how it scars those who have lived through it. Very well written and narrated, I was left drained, but in a good way.

Matterhorn Pt. 1 & 2

Written by Ed from San Clemente, CA on January 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great, great story of the men and women who fought in Vietnam. As a USMC Officer I found the characters, story line and text all to honest and right on que. I thought it was one of my best selections this year.

Written by Andy Wills on December 9th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An emotion evoking description of the life of a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War. The narrator brings the words to life with accents and passion.

Written by Vincent iannace on January 4th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. I learned what my father went through while serving in the Quang Tri Province.

Great book

Written by dave on May 29th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I didn't want this to be even partly real. Turns out it probably was mostly real. Great book. Wish there was a obscenity free version for the kids.

A real Story

Written by Anonymous on January 12th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best war stories I have ever "read" It reminded me that it is the best of a generation that fights thes wars and die for no good reason.

Matterhorn: A Novel Vietnam War

Written by Anonymous from Paradise, CA on December 2nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thought this might be a tough one to get into....but love it. Can't wait to get in the car and keep listening

An Important story

Written by Anonymous on October 29th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book is often difficult to read because of the grittiness and graphic detail of combat operations in Vietnam. Especially for those of us who shared in that experience. Yet it's a must read for all Americans "Lest we forget".


Written by lorin on August 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

nothing else to say........just devastating....and heart breaking.

Author Details

Author Details

Marlantes, Karl

Ex-lieutenant des marines, Karl Marlantes est un des soldats les plus decores de la guerre du Vietnam. Il a fait ses etudes a Yale et a Oxford et a recu le Washington State Book Award pour Retour a Matterhorn qui, des sa publication, est entre aux best-sellers du New York Times.