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Carnivore Audiobook

Carnivore: A Memoir by One of the Deadliest American Soldiers of All Time

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Publisher's Summary

As commander of the Carnivore - the most lethal Bradley Fighting Vehicle of the Iraq War - Dillard Johnson was at the forefront of the 2003 invasion. Awarded a Silver Star with Valor for his heroic efforts to save the crew of a crippled Bradley, he was personally responsible for 2,000 confirmed enemy kills. But surviving the enemy was only the beginning. Johnson would use the intensity, focus, and humor that kept him alive on the battlefield to fight stage three Hodgkin's Lymphoma - which developed from the radiation poisoning he suffered discharging 5,000 uranium rounds in combat - despite learning he had a 1 in 4 chance of survival. A man determined not to die, Johnson made a miraculous recovery - and then returned to Iraq for a second combat tour as an Army sniper. Performing overwatch protection for his fellow troops, he is officially credited with 121 snipers kills, believed to be the most ever by a U.S. Army sniper and second only (across all branches) to Chris Kyle. After finishing his 21-year career in the military in 2006, Johnson became a private contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, in Carnivore, this decorated hero tells his amazing story.

Funny and exciting, Carnivore offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a warrior and offers a look at the lives of troops on the ground not seen before. It is the story of a poor kid from Kentucky who has beaten extraordinary odds and a loving husband and a devoted father of four children, including a son with cerebral palsy. It is a story only one man can tell.

©2013 Dillard Johnson and James Tarr (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Miranda 11/02/2017
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    "An exciting account of armoured combat"

    Regardless of the controversy that has surrounded the author of this book, the story provides a fascinating, exciting and human account of combat in our era. The author provides the listener with a technical and visceral view of mechanised and hand to hand fighting and balances it well with touching personal elements and the horrors of war in a greater context. The book provides the adrenaline rush of a good old adventure whilst not glorifying war. As a comparison, it is much like a modem version of Robert Mason's classic book "Chickenhawk".

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    Gary Dunning 22/06/2016
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    "Don't waste your money"

    The book is written by a spoofer, Google his name and make up your own mind, I'm sorry I didn't before I gave him my money.

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    Jackson 29/10/2015
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    "liar"

    Thought it sounded fabricated. Turns out his men said he made it all up and that most of the stuff didn't happen.

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    Roystoned 12/07/2015
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    "The harsh reality of war"

    Great reading of a book that transforms you inside the Bradley. Amazing story well read and I am looking forward to hearing it again.

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    "Great book, awesome narration"

    A matter of fact War memoir read by John Pruden, (awesome reading ) . Reminds people that freedom doesn't come free, heroes die so we can have it.

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    "a great book, extreme, entertaining, honest"

    well worth a listen if you understand and are comfortable with truthful military recollections, thanks

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    Mike 14/04/2015
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    "Really amazing story!"

    A truly remarkable first hand account of modern warfare. Thoroughly gripping, funny and very enjoyable.

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    "bulletproof"

    This book is meant to be on the big screen. What a hard headed push forward mini might, great stories of the Battle's and struggles he went through.Great insight and depth in to the making of a Tank man.


    I really loved this book and the Performance of the reader was great, easy to get into and follow.

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  • Alex Sousa
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    "Raw and Visceral Excellence"

    Very real, uncut and personal storytelling. Really brought me back, put me in his shoes.

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  • MSR
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    "Amazing story."

    As an Iraq war veteran of the campaign, this book hit a sweet spot. I can't vouch for the facts but I can say it's a great read!

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  • Appomattoxheatingandair
    13/05/16
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    "cocky and I like it"

    loved it couldn't put it down. finished it in one setting. God bless our troops and wonderful Americans like this man.

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  • Carlos
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    "Great for anyone seeking battle stories."
    What did you love best about Carnivore?

    I wasn't looking for political commentary, just action. This book has lots of action.


    What other book might you compare Carnivore to and why?

    It reminds me of the Carlos Hathcock book.


    What about John Pruden’s performance did you like?

    He has the proper voice for this type of storytelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It wasn't, but I completed it in less than two days.


    Any additional comments?

    There is little emphasis upon motivations, philosophy, and political drama in this book. I like that a lot. This takes you directly into the action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Crane
    05/08/13
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    "An entertaining audio book"

    I bought and listened to this before reading any reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. Some parts did stretch belief a bit; an armoured vehicle crewman operating in an almost infantry role and racking up a high count of marksman/sniper kills seemed unlikely. Reading others' comments afterwards I learned that he was not well liked by colleagues and considered to be a liar, but this doesn't diminish the fact that I found his story to be greatly entertaining. You'll have to decide for yourself whether the fact that the story is quite fictionalised puts you off or not.

    John Pruden's narration is fantastic as always; this being the third book I've listened to that he has narrated, American Sniper and Viper Pilot being the others.

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  • Bill Seeley
    22/05/17
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    "Awesome Book"
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    I really enjoyed this book, it really makes you think about the sacrifices that our men and women in the military go through.

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  • Michael
    08/05/17
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    "was needing a better military read"

    amd this was it. Nothing crazy or movie stylish, Just good stories told from the heart.
    thank you for you service to all who have and currently serving.

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  • KC
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    06/05/17
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    "Carnivore a must read"

    Dillard Johnson has been a close personal friend of mine for over 15 years. He is one of the most compassionate, loyal, & dedicated men I know. His semi-biographical novel, CARNIVORE, is as good of a depiction of active-duty Army life in a theater of combat as I have ever read. And, despite a lot of ignorant , misplaced, & jealous criticism of the book, the events depicted in his book, and his descriptions are, without question, true and factual personal perspectives. I had highly recommend the read. It's entertaining, informative, and captivating. My only criticism is that "Crazy J", himself, should have read the audio; the man is hilarious and has impeccable comedic timing. And, although the audio book reader does a fairly good job, Dillard would have knocked it out of the park.

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  • A User
    29/04/17
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    "Great story"

    Story was great and the narrator was by far one of the best. I have listened to about 6 audible books and his one is either one or two on my list.

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