I was required to read this for university, in a module where books about and around the war were quite frequent. I didn't know what to expect from this, having not realised that Manning had published under two titles (Her Privates We) until later on, so researching it proved difficult initially.
I think Mannings writing is wonderful really, it feels true to what he is trying to portray but it's engaging and quite often poetic in its description. Bourne is a very interesting soldier who deems to show you the life in the trenches through his intelligent eyes. There are no rose tinted glasses when it comes to these characters and events though. The soldiers conditions are put out there for all to see and they swear, quite frequently whilst giving their honest opinions. It is clear to see why Manning had to release a more censored version but I think that takes away the interesting spark in Mannings creation.
The narrative moves at a nice pace and you feel for the characters. What I loved about it was that it wasn't too heavy, the politics of war etc were present but only ever underlined the main story and it wasn't just mindless war imagery either. It's an emotional account of a collection of soldiers who put their lives on the line, with the occasional chance at sharing laughs. I recommend reading it, I was very surprised by the novel myself. Although I think this one has the edge over Her Privates We, but that's more a personal choice!
As for the kindle side of things, I only really noticed a couple of typos and its formatted okay too. Although for some reason there are a lot of gaps, they occur between most short passages. It doesn't spoil the reading but you'll find it strange at first!
Anyway, I hope I made some sort of impression amongst the rambling! Enjoy :)