The World Played Chess: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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“A fearless and sensitive coming-of-age story. I loved it.”—Mark Sullivan, bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky and The Last Green Valley.
Bestselling author Robert Dugoni returns with an emotionally arresting follow-up to The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell.
In 1979, Vincent Bianco has just graduated high school. His only desire: collect a little beer money and enjoy his final summer before college. So he lands a job as a laborer on a construction crew. Working alongside two Vietnam vets, one suffering from PTSD, Vincent gets the education of a lifetime. Now forty years later, with his own son leaving for college, the lessons of that summer—Vincent’s last taste of innocence and first taste of real life—dramatically unfold in a novel about breaking away, shaping a life, and seeking one’s own destiny.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 3 minutes|
|Narrator||Robert Dugoni, Todd Haberkorn|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,489 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#38 in War & Military Fiction
#40 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#60 in War Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
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1967.. William is sent to Vietnam. (The author of this book portrays the Vietnam war SO realistically,
you feel as if you are also there fighting in this violent and excruciating battle.) William keeps his
experiences alive in a journal.
1979.. 18-year-old Vincent befriends William while working together at a job site in construction. For
the first time, William feels compelled to share his tragic stories from Vietnam with Vincent.
2016… The third young man to enter the story is 18-year-old Beau, Vincent's son. Beau has the
opportunity to learn so much about life through his father, thanks to the journal of William's harrowing
journey through Vietnam.
This is a story that was written so beautifully, you will never forget the moments which led the three
young men from childhood to adulthood.
Kudos to Robert Dugoni for writing a spectacular, emotional and memorable story.
It was a ridiculous decade until pacifism took on the face of 'peace and love' and welcomed every survivor. Kids taking care of kids. Our Heros we're robbed of their future and mothers were robbed of their children. Marvin Gaye was the descriptive voice of the soldier and "Sky Pilot" the anthem for an unpopular war.
Thank you Robert Dugoni for telling the story through letters from Vietnam. I realize your letters and characters are fictional but I want to tell you, you nailed everything.
From a reader who has a box of letters from a soldier in Vietnam. I read them when those were delivered and one more time in 1989. Unfortunately, my future mother-in-law, burnt the 365 letters I wrote to her son. He carried my letters for 365 days as his platoon were the tip of the spear. Those letters have not been touched by anyone except me on two occasions.
Thank you for taking me back.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is told in three timelines and involves two characters- mainly. 1967 onwards told by William who was drafted to Vietnam, 1979 told by Vincenzo (Vinnie) who is 18 and working to pay his way to university and 2016 told by Vincenzo who has possession of William’s Vietnam diary and whose son is about to start university.
William and Vinnie become friends when on the same work outfit. It becomes increasingly obvious that William is suffering mentally from what is now called PTSD., as a result of the war. He has spells of great anger, shaking and lack of control. William gives Vinnie his diary so that the background and the horrendous consequences of the war are disclosed and so that Vinnie can understand William’s state of mind/actions.
So the telling of William’s war experience is interspersed with Vinnie’’s recollections from 1979 and his present day, 2016.
Whilst I found the book to be very well written and at times heartbreaking, it seemed to be a trudge to get to the point. I would recommend the book but highlight that it’s a very American slant- naturally!
A well written novel but a read that required concentration and commitment to journey to its conclusion