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The Valley

John Renehan

*Named one of Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015 *Selected as a Military Times's Best Book of the Year "You're going up the Valley." Black didn't know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst. When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn't know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon's dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land. The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

*Named one of Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015 *Selected as a Military Times's Best Book of the Year "You're going up the Valley." Black didn't know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst. When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn't know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon's dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land. The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.
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*Named one of Wall Street Journal's Best Books of 2015 *Selected as a Military Times's Best Book of the Year "You're going up the Valley." Black didn't know its name, but he knew it lay deeper and higher than any other place Americans had ventured. You had to travel through a network of interlinked valleys, past all the other remote American outposts, just to get to its mouth. Everything about the place was myth and rumor, but one fact was clear: There were many valleys in the mountains of Afghanistan, and most were hard places where people died hard deaths. But there was only one Valley. It was the farthest, and the hardest, and the worst. When Black, a deskbound admin officer, is sent up the Valley to investigate a warning shot fired by a near-forgotten platoon, he can only see it as the final bureaucratic insult in a short and unhappy Army career. What he doesn't know is that his investigation puts at risk the centuries-old arrangements that keep this violent land in fragile balance, and will launch a shattering personal odyssey of obsession and discovery as Black reckons with the platoon's dark secrets, accumulated over endless hours fighting and dying in defense of an indefensible piece of land. The Valley is a riveting tour de force that changes our understanding of the men who fight our wars and announces John Renehan as one of the great American storytellers of our time. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

12h 38m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:38


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:33


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:27


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:43


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:36


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:31


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:23


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:45


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:13


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:42


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:45


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:44


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:50


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:28


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:29


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:53


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:59


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:35


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:51


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:28


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:36


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:10


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:53


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:25


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:14


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:18


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:02


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:34


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:47


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:47


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:20


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:24


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:41


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:12


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:55


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:47


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:22


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:08


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:36


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:05


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:33


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:19


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:38


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:23


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

08:27


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:09


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:54


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:30


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

00:30