I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
The audio edition of Roberts Ridge was okay. I've never read, Roberts Ridge, before. Therefore, I can't provide a creditable answer.
The narrator, Joe Barrett, wasn't the easiest narrator to listen to. I can't say that he was a monotone but was close to being one. He pronounced the words clearly but if his voice had had more emotion, the listen would have been much better. His voice didn't vary too much, he just plodded along.
The narrator can make or break a book. They are important to audible customers.
The head of the recon mission, member of SEAL Team Six, code name, Slab. His determination, energy, caring, a don't quit attitude, his ability to shelve his fear, his code of honor; Leave No Man Behind and his leadership skills, served him well and what the other men needed, in order to successfully gain the acquistion of Takur Ghar Mountain. Slab did not have control over the men, all of the soldier's were able to voice an opinion, whereby an action could be done.
No, the narration made the listen difficult but the true story and 17 hour fight, kept me coming back.
Listening and learning about the mission, Anaconda, was something new that I now know about the war in Afghanistan. This genre of book has never been a favorite of mine, except in the last year and continues. I do listen to other kinds of books because I do enjoy listening to different genres and I need a break from the intensity of such books, especially the true accounts.
The courage that our warrior's give, to keep America safe, is astonishing to me. I thank them everyday for believing that their country needs and depends on them for our freedom.
This story did keep me on the edge of my seat during the battle that ensued. Excitement when the Taliban al Queda would be made to withdraw during the fight.
Knowing that our troops have the ability to call in air support, when required and most of the time getting what they need. The Battle of Anaconda was one of those times.
I would encourage others to purchase the book but only if your interests like listening to this type of book. Listen before buying or buy and listen to it.Then, if you want to return it, no problem.
It is expertly researched and narrated skillfully
The sequence of events when the crew of the downed helicopter try to get out of the wreck under heavy enemy fire.
I have not listened to another of Joe Barrett's performances. His skillful reading of this book guarantees that I will be listening to him again
Roberts Ridge, Tragedy and Triumph in the War on Terror
An excellent book
Over a year after purchase....I still come back to this book. A very powerful and unnerving account of what it means to be on the front line and a member of the elite in war. A very fast paced account of just what can go wrong at the highest levels when needing support when you are an elite unit sent out to do what you see as your duty. For the members involved and their families, this is a very human story. A story of guys that wanted to be the best , achieved that , sometimes at great personal cost, at other times at soaring personal achievement and then found when it came to "brass tacks" that they are let down. Flaws in the technology that they depend on to work and personal hubris of command, ultimately lead to an absolute disaster that should never have been. For men that don't comprehend the meaning of "give up" or "leave them behind" , this was their ultimate challenge. One they chose to respond to with what they had at hand. On a small mountain top in the middle of nowhere. They made their mark at great cost.
The human touch of this is jarring
Audio: its easier for me to finish audio editions of books.
The account of the fist helo going down and how the medics worked on the wounded despite the incoming rounds of 7.62 and RPGs.
The account of how the one of the teams fought the physical climb up the side of a mountain before encountering resistance from the enemy.
This is the third book Ive read that describes the events of Takur Gar. This book has the most details, but the story is choppy and the narrator was nearly monotone throughout. Very good details however and if youre interested in the events of this day its a good addition.
MacPherson delivers an amazing, detailed, and painfully revealing telling of battle on Takur Ghar. His book focuses on a 17hr mission and subsequent rescue during Operation Anaconda…and quite the white knuckle ride!
The only addition to the other 5 star reviews would be stressing MacPhersons great ability to keep the story from being personal or politicized. Any fan of Mark Bowden (Blackhawk Down) will appreciate his writing style…clear, detailed, and enough back story to give the characters personality.
Lastly, it’s interesting to see the low ratings from those who can’t believe events like this do happen in todays military. Sadly, not much has changed since the failed 1980 Operation Eagle Claw…smart…but power hungry "Academy" graduates running JSOC….treating it as a career building exercise…definitely NOT the people who should direct our best warriors on the ground...!!
This is an excellent book for avid historians and military history buffs. However, the narrator was truly bad. It was painful listening to someone that so obviously doesn't know the most rudementary terminology for the military, weapons, and aircraft. He mispronounced just about everything he possibly could - aircraft names, calibers of weapons, acronyms and abbreviations, etc. The poor narration was very distracting from the story. Also, the use of southern/country accents for some of the subjects should be eliminated unless the narrator has personally met the subject person and knows his idiosyncrasies - this isn't fiction; these are real people. The accents used sounded very contrived. I strongly suggest that any narrator have some basic knowledge of the subject matter they are reading.
If you can make it past the narration, then I'd highly recommend this book; otherwise stick to the hard copy.
These were and are brave men, and the account is harrowing at times. It is not account of mission success and glory for our troops, it's also not really an account of special operations, although everyone involved was a special operator. It is an account of about 24 hrs and a lot of pain and heart ache that follows from one bad decision after another. You won't learn much from the account except for the loyalty that soldiers have toward each other. I enjoyed it, but I won't say I recommend it wholeheartedly.
I did not like this book at all. Regardless of whether it is a true story or not, I thought the author's account was almost unbelievable at best. I made it to 3/4 of the book and had to quit for the simple fact that as much as I understand war can be rife with mistakes and mishaps, I refuse to believe that our soldiers are the buffoons he makes them out to be. I have read other books in this genre that showed the ugly side of combat and loved them because they seemed well balanced to show the positives as well. If you're anything like me, this book will make you mad.