The Things They Carried

Written by: Tim O’Brien
Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
Originally Reviewed: 07-30-18 on
Rating: 1, must read for everyone

  An Intimate Look Into The Soul of A Veteran    

I saw a meme the other day on social media, posted by a Veteran Friend of mine. It was a diatribe of sorts, attempting to explain to civilians why combat Veterans are the way they are. Why we find dark humor so funny and why we seem detached from the regular day-to-day on-goings. The meme claimed that one cannot truly understand a Veteran unless one is a Veteran… this book helps bridge that divide.

For several years I was told to read this, but it was always at the back of my list. Preferring Islamic and Middle East History, philosophy, psychology, I justified this avoidance with the idea that I was better preparing myself for our current conflict. Ironically, this might be one of the most important books a Soldier (of any era) should read in preparation for the trauma of war. I usually listen at 3x speed and had no issues with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Bryan Cranston as narrator of this book and will look for other things he’s voiced. I really enjoyed the epilogue written and narrated by the author regarding his thoughts during a visit to Vietnam. O’Brien could’ve narrated the whole book and I would’ve enjoyed it just as much.

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