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Cherries

By: John Podlaski
Narrated by: Michael Sutherland
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Publisher's Summary

When a soldier leaves for war, those left behind often wonder what their loved ones are experiencing. Letters home are always cheerful and vague - no sense in worrying the family. Then upon returning home, these young soldiers do not want to talk about their experiences. Family and friends allege they are now distant, changed, and not the same person they remember from several months earlier. What causes this?

Although the backdrop for this novel is the Vietnam War, "cherries" exist in every war. They are the young "newbie" soldiers, who are trained for war. However, most are not ready to absorb the harsh physical, mental, and emotional stress of war. Once they come under fire and witness death firsthand, a life-changing transition begins. This eye-opening account offers listeners an in-depth look into the everyday struggles of these young infantry soldiers. You'll feel their fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witness the bravery and sometimes laugh at their humor.

No two war experiences are the same, but after finishing Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel, readers will have a much better understanding as to why these changes occur and why our military heroes are different upon their return home. Veterans will relate!

©2010 John Podlaski (P)2012 John Podlaski
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The story is immature and very unrealistic.

What would have made Cherries better?

You would have to rewrite it

Has Cherries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Sutherland’s performances?

No

What character would you cut from Cherries?

They all lack depth and emotion.

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This book was like a comic book from the 60s. The dialog was not realistic and it's obvious the author did not serve in a rifle company in any conflict zone.

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Are there any "kids" like that today?

What made the experience of listening to Cherries the most enjoyable?

The factual background

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course John, but also each of his friends

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

Yes, after I got into it.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for the excellent narration.

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Vets of the Nam will understand...

Not real crazy about the musical fanfare starting each chapter l, nor the Oriental music ending them. it took away from the story line and was distracting. Other than that, the story was excellent. It conveyed the deep anguish over the loss or wounding of soldiers by their "brothers" quite accurately.

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Awesome production value!

Great novel, written by a vet who was there. If you liked Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, you will love this book.

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What a waste

Just don't bother. It is a horrible read, listen, story...wow. What a turd. I've read almost everything on Vietnam, WW2 and Iraq/Afghanistan, and FINALLY thought "WTH", I'll try it. Nope. Nope. Nope. Its worse than a 6th grade book on Vietnam, if you took out the profanity and such, it would be written for a 10 year old. Uhghh,,,Hope I can get a credit back.

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Guess you would’ve had to been there that pretty much sums it up from a fellow grunt enjoyed your book

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Life As A Grunt In Vietnam

Enjoyed listening to this audio book about the experiences of a “grunt” during his one year tour as a infantry soldier fighting in the jungles of Vietnam.

It takes place in the early 1970, and shows how a 19 year old transfer into a hard battle tested Vietnam soldier.

Learned a lot about claymore mines and how they were used. Also about the difference between the Vietnam Cong and the well trained soldiers of the North Vietnam Army.

It was somewhat annoying the music at the ending and beginning of each chapter, but you get use to it and doesn’t demission the storyline at all.

Glad I downloaded this audiobook ;=)

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Not a bad story. The end of chapter, and beginning chapter music is a bit much as well as the exaggerated Southern dialect tended to drift into the characters from the Northern parts of the country..

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Stark description of the soldiers during the Vietnam War. Written by someone who was there. It wasn't till after I finished the novel when I realized the character, John Kowalski, in the novel was the author John Podalski. I enjoyed the performance but felt some of the characters accents were a little over the top. Overall a sometimes disturbing portrayal of jungle combat up close and personal.

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I give it no stars.

It was nothing more than a "cuss" fest. Surely the author could use more imagination to use words other than profanity. I would not recommend this book to anyone. I'm a Vietnam Combat Vet.

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  • John Williams (Artist)
  • 07-05-21

enjoyed book and audio

I read book a while back and really enjoyed it so it was really nice to chill out listening to audio. some funny gung ho accents but they become enjoyable too!

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  • sean mitchell
  • 08-23-19

Best Nam book yet.

Ive listen to around 10-15 different Nam books now and this is probably the best one yet. Fascinating and sad at the same time, Amazing that he survived.

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  • MARGW
  • 08-31-18

Very well written

A real life experience giving me a insight into the world of a Vietnam veteran. Thankyou for your service. Vietnam veterans are international in their experiences . Australian, American all experienced the same war.

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  • peter brazel
  • 01-12-16

Awesome Vietnam War novel

loved it, as I only a bub, at that stage, but served my Nation from 1979 till 1993, war is hell, but Vietnam was the forgotten war. In my eye's they are all heroes , war is hell and you never really escape it's clutches.
I served with yanks great men , brought back some old memories back, as fictional character John is the best.
I enjoyed the Narrator Mr Michael Sutherland , Awesome effort to bring the story across, congrats,
I decided to listen to this novel twice, as its awesome read, , congrats 10 out of 10, cheers