The Things They Carried Library Edition ( CD)
|Author: Tim/ Cranston O'Brien|
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This modern classic and New York Times bestseller was a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award and has become a staple of American classrooms. Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried?s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book?s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.The soldiers in this collection of stories carried M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, and M-79 grenade launchers. They carried plastic explosives, hand grenades, flak jackets, and landmines. But they also carried letters from home, illustrated Bibles, and pictures of their loved ones. Some of them carried extra food or comic books or drugs. Every man carried what he needed to survive, and those who did carried their shattering stories away from the jungle and back to a nation that would never understand.This audiobook also includes an exclusive recording ?The Vietnam in Me,? a recount of the author?s trip back to Vietnam in 1994, revisiting his experience there as a soldier 25 years before, read by Tim O?Brien himself.The Things They Carried was produced by Audible Studios in partnership with Playtone, the production company headed by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and the creator of the award-winning mini-series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific.
Tim O'Brien graduated from Macalester College in 1968 with a B.A. in political science. Drafted immediately after graduation, he was sent to Vietnam as an infantry foot soldier with the American division that was involved in the My Lai massacre a year earlier, an event which figures prominently in his book IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS. O'Brien served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, after which he became a graduate student at Harvard. He left Harvard, however, for a job as a newspaper reporter for The Washington Post. The success of his Vietnam memoir, IF I DIE IN A COMBAT ZONE, enabled him to write full time. Many of his books reflect his Vietnam experience, including what is perhaps his most well-known work, the brilliant, hallucinatory novel GOING AFTER CACCIATO.
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