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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Audiobook GIVEAWAY & Review: WAR by Sebastian Junger

Listen to Sebastian Junger Share His Time in Afghanistan in WAR

Check Your Emails! The Winners have been picked and I'm waiting to hear back from them!
I'll let you know who won when I get those replies!

In WAR Sebastian Junger gives breathtaking insight into the truths of war-- the fear, the honor, and the trust among men. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a regular basis.

I thought "who else could see inside War like Sebastian Junger". He proved his journalism skills in The Perfect Storm, which was an amazing story. Here, he accomplishes his mission- to illuminate for us what it means to be a soldier... The fear, the anger, the boredom... The love & respect these men had for each other.

Mr. Junger chose to read his audiobook, War, because the subject matter was personal. He lived with these men. He relied on these soldiers to protect him, feed him, transport him. He formed close relationships with these men. And he saw some of these men, his friends, die. I wondered at first whether this decision to read the narration was a good one. Would he be a good narrator? The beginning of the audiobook is some background on the Korengal Valley, the men he would be imbedded with, and some of the biology of war- how the human body reacts to certain things. I had to get use to the beginning part of the audiobook, because it was more of an account of some of the facts surrounding the story to come. Mr. Junger's narration warmed up as the story got more personal, actually living the life of a soldier, and I knew then that his decision was the right one. Who else could impart the fear, the amazing bravery of these men in the face of death then someone who was actually there. You could tell he was vested in this story. As the background story turned into the present day, War took off. Sprinkled through out the story of what these soldiers dealt with from day to day, is military history, the psychology of war and why soldiers handle certain circumstances the way they do. A close up account of the human factor in war. No matter how you feel about war, you have to admire these young men who put themselves in mortal danger. War by Sebastian Junger is a very revealing look at these young men, and what combat is all about.

Courtesy of Anna of Hachette Book Group, I have 3 copies of the unabridged audiobook of War by Sebastian Junger to Give Away! Here's how to enter...

To Enter this Giveaway...

*For one entry leave me a comment with your email address!

*Get an extra entry for following my blog! Just leave a comment letting me know you're a follower! ( Not a follower yet? No problem, sign up by clicking on the 'followers" button on the sidebar to the left! Just let me know you became a new follower!)

*Blog or tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (No PO boxes). The books will be shipped to the winners directly from the publisher. Contest ends 11:59pm EST on June 19th. I will randomly pick the winners the next day and email them! (please check your email.. winner must reply to me within 3 days! Thanks!) Good Luck!

*I want to thank Anna of Hachette Book Group for sending along a copy the audiobook of War by Sebastian Junger to review!


stpand said...

Please enter me.

I am a follower of your blog.

This sounds like a better "read" than 'The Things They Carried.'

Heidi V said...

Growing up in a military family this would be interesting to me I often wonder what my Dad went through during his time in the service he didn't talk about it much....

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RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I follow your blog

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I blogged

Look under June Giveaways

Maria Delgado

RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I tweeted

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BookHounds said...

Hi Suzanne!

Just stopping by to let you know I posted this at

No need to enter me.

nfmgirl said...

I'd love a shot at this one! Please count me in. Thank you!

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nfmgirl said...

I follow

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Denny, Alaska said...

Thank you for adding my name to your giveaway!


J.T. Oldfield said...

Please enter me.

I follow w/ Google Reader.


Linda Kish said...

Please include me

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Esme said...

I follow.


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Esme said...

Please enter me-I enjoyed his other book

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Martha Lawson said...

I've been seeing this around the blogs and it really looks good. I'd love a chance to win this one.

I am a follower on gfc

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Steve Capell said...

I would love to listen to this audio book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


Anonymous said...

Please enter me & thx for contest.

Arch said...

I would like to have a shot at winning this book.



Dawn M. said...

I would love the chance to listen to this. Count me in, please.

I follow with google reader.

Thanks! :0)
librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I am a follower and would love to check out this audiobook.

Michele said...

please enter me.

Michele said...

I follow your blog.

Anonymous said...

Another great giveaway. Thanks
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Anonymous said...

I follow you via GFC as Thrifty Canucks

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Anonymous said...

I tweeted this

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