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The Naked and the Dead

Written by:
Norman Mailer
Narrated by:
John Buffalo Mailer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2016
26 hours 17 minutes
Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.Written in gritty, journalistic detail, the story follows an army platoon of foot soldiers who are fighting for the possession of the Japanese-held island of Anopopei. Composed in 1948, The Naked and the Dead is representative of the best in twentieth-century American writing.
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William D.

I was disappointed, given what the author had written since he wrote this book. However, that may be too harsh. It was only his second novel. He does not give us the broad view which once in a while would be helpful in terms of context. Narrator was excellent, well-modulated, easy to understand. WSD

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James R.

A remarkable literary feat! Instead of following the experiences of one protagonist (or villain), Mailer's hero is the entire platoon. We get to know each of them, with backstories too. We understand the tensions built into their relationships before they ever get recruited to work together as a team to defeat the enemy and save their own necks. His knowledge of the subject is vivid, from the decisions of officers to the resentments of enlisted men. It's a precise and often surprising snapshot of the war in Japan that is frozen in time. High praise to to narrator John Buffalo Mailer, who keeps many characters clearly defined without overdoing the theatrics. His artistry makes this audiobook compelling.

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Mark Brodie

Mailer did an amazing service to this work. As the narrator, John Buffalo Mailer added life to his fathers work in a way that only a progeny could master. The timing, the consistency and the amazing articulation of American dialect pays tribute to his progenitor. Thank you for your craftsmanship.

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