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  • Run Through the Jungle

  • Real Adventures in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade
  • By: Larry J. Musson
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

From Larry J. Musson comes an authentic account of combat with an airborne company in the waterlogged rice paddies and demanding jungles of South Vietnam. Share the experiences of fighting men under punishing conditions, extreme temperatures, and intense monsoon rains as they search for the enemy in the rugged mountains and teeming lowlands. Relive all the terror, humor, and sadness of one man's tour of duty with real-life action in spectacular, stunning detail.

©2015 Larry J. Musson (P)2017 Tantor

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Narration ruins an interesting an excellent book

The story and writing are well worth a read if the day to day lives of those who fought in the conflict are of interest to you however the voice narrator ruins the book by reading at a super high speed and with little expression or feeling. Such a shame they couldn't do the book and the soldiers more honour by a bit of quality control.

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  • Steve
  • 05-09-18

It never grabbed me

I've read all the positive reviews and I know this is a great story written by a great American.
But I just never could get into it - the narrator was pretty boring, but maybe it was just me.

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  • Brendan O'Connor
  • 09-02-18

One of the best!

I am well read and served in the US Marine Corp. 1961 to 1967. This book was the best account with a simple overture to the War in Vietnam a reader.might come away with. Thankful I am to the author and those who gave it life.

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  • Etan Nogard
  • 14-12-18

Worth the credit and then some.

Being a former RTO in Iraq with the Corps a lot of this hit home. Highly recommended and very engaging, one of the finer pieces Ive read/listened to on Vietnam.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-01-22

Pretty weak, don't waste your time

Absolutely terrible narration (done by software?). Very little action, mostly about the author puttering around on base. Don't waste your time.

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  • 06-03-20

A brave man among other brave men

Fast moving and told by someone that had been there letting me share an important time in his life.

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  • 03-07-17

Interesting reading

I could hardly put down the book.the way the book was written, you feel as if you were there

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  • MP
  • 13-05-18

Unique Memoir of Vietnam War

The title comes from Musson's (Muss) experiences when his platoon had to run through the jungle to get to a helicopter pickup point, and they didn't have time to figure out if enemy or booby traps were there. Real scary, but these things happened.

Muss tells about several things that I hadn't come across in other memoirs or accounts. He tells about what he saw along the regular roads, how people were really living and things they did. Some of this was depressing, and it's new material that changed my perspectives.

One of the subjects Muss covers in a way that's completely new is the fragging of officers and NCOs, how it really was up close. This was real life and I've never seen it covered like this before.

From other sources we see how much the strategy of attrition was used in the war. But Muss simply recounts events and interactions for his infantry unit on the ground, and one can draw their own conclusions. In a war of attrition, survival is based in large part on luck.

Muss was lucky in some ways and unlucky in others. He had many close calls where he would have been killed except for luck. But he wasn't usually lucky when it came to enjoying time off or coming home to his girlfriend. Without warning or apparent cues, she married somebody else.

Great book!

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  • peter brumlik
  • 04-04-22

not a good memoir

There are many good memoirs of the Vietnam war; this is not one of them. Poorly written and complicated by a dispassionate narrator, the book makes for dull reading.

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  • Jason Haman
  • 16-01-22

Riveting!

I absolutely adored this book, having deployed myself I was able to basically put myself in the jungles of Vietnam with the author and experience the emotions he was painting with each word. I highly recommend this book. I highly commend the author for not letting these memories of what happened there or the fallen to go un-remembered. For every unit, for every soldier in war if no one writes a book about it or even writes it down. No one will know how someone’s loved one fell.

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  • Joseph Hayek
  • 12-01-22

Good book

Sgt Musson is a down to Earth guy. No "hero" stuff here. i think that I would have enjoyed serving with him. His recollection of spending 135 consecutive days in the bush without going back to the base, being resupplied only by helicopter is unlike any other unit I'm aware of. He has a nice sense of humor. The reader is excellent.