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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Audio Library Digital

05/01/2012

699 minutes

9781611208023

Playaway

05/01/2012

699 minutes

9781611208030

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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. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys, slated to be part of the halftime show alongside the superstar pop group Destiny's Child. Among the Bravos is the Silver Star-winning hero of Al-Ansakar Canal, Specialist William Lynn, a nineteen-year-old Texas native. Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his brothers-in-arms - soldiers both dead and alive.

Quotes:

This punchy, complex satire of the Iraq War is a welcome reproof to anyone inclined to let that nearly decade-long conflict slip from memory., The Wall Street Journal

...grand, intimate and joyous., The New York Times

So much of Fountain's work...reads with an easy grace... [S]ometimes genius is anything but rarefied; sometimes it's just the thing that emerges after twenty years of working at your kitchen table., Malcolm Gladwell, , The New Yorker

Starred Review. War is hell in this novel of inspired absurdity., Kirkus

Narrator Oliver Wyman gives this book the depth and emotional heft it deserves. His understated, deliberate reading propels the story forward, and his scratchy voice perfectly captures the hope and loss inherent in the story., AudioFile Magazine

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