Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at 'the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal', three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew, has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war.
Publisher: Maumee, OH : Dreamscape Media, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611208023
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file (11 hr., 39 min.) : digital
Additional Contributors: Wyman, Oliver


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JCLMELODYK Jul 18, 2016

I listened to this audio book on a long road trip and enjoyed Oliver Wyman's narration. I've read quite a few Iraqi war novels and this one is different because it wraps itself all up in the alter of American Football and Thanksgiving. The half-time scene is absolutely brilliant, the description of the wealthy wives spot on.

There were a few unbelievable parts (Billy Lynn's virginity for one) and on more than one occasion the story stopped while the author went on a political rant. Dear Author, Please be quiet! I'm trying to listen to Billy. I even agreed with the author's politics but still to me it was a bit heavy handed.

Jan 27, 2015

Ben Fountain succeeds extravagantly at penning a satire that takes an unflinching look at the disconnect between America's shallow, self-indulgent civilian popuation and the war in Iraq.

The soldiers of Bravo company have distinguished themselves in battle, losing one of their number, and have been brought home for a two-week victory lap around America. SPC Billy Lynn, the company's 19-year-old hero of heroes, is a bit of a lost lamb, longing to believe that his fellow citizens are worth fighting for and that the American dream still awaits him, if he can just survive his remaining 11 months of duty. Almost every encounter in his two weeks on American soil, and particularly on this final day of the public relations-driven victory tour, seems designed to relieve him of his naivete.

If foul language bothers you (as the abundance of it in this book did me), you might steer clear. Apart from that, this is a well-written and insightful book.


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