This was an amazing story but the writing was a little confusing and left me lost at times. The narrators voice did not seem to fit the story either and he left me wishing it was more youthful/powerful to carry this intense story of bravery and heroism.
This is no doubt a great story about the brave men who fought that day at Roberts ridge, however the structuring sometimes makes it hard to follow and the narrator is way too exaggerated with his impressions of the men's accents to the point where it becomes annoying and insulting to those guys. Other than that great book .
What a touching story. At points I was mad and wished I was there to help. The story highlights some of the problems with leadership in the rear. It also highlights some of the ignorance of the leadership in the rear. More importantly it highlights the love brothers have for each other. The narrator was horrible. His accents were a distraction. He had no clue how to use military language so it bothersome as a vet. Things like JSOC sound like J-sock not j s o c. it adds up after 8 hours.
Poor intel, poor senior leadership result in ever increasing numbers of American soldiers, sailors and airmen outnumbered, out-gunned and alone. They prevail, but at what cost?
The story will have you on the edge of your seat throughout.
Performance was good. The order of events, with multiple timelines injected to give the total picture, is challenging for a listener to put together. Reads like an after-action report, with limited emotional insights and back stories the writer uses to engratiate the reader.
I would rather read this book then listen to it. The narrator was terrible.
His attempt at changing his voice with different characters was lack luster.
Great story of some brave men who fought and died. Gives you a glimpse into the horror that can go wrong in a mission.
It detailed all the mistakes in this mission, from the decision to do it, the advanced planning and the decisions made during it.
The failure to land a helicopter on the mesa that lead to Robert's death was immediately followed by a second helicopter being sent to rescue the already dead Roberts, it being shot down and more soldiers dying.
This book managed to tell the story of heroic actions by soldiers and at the same time point out the stupidity of war and the ineptitude of the war machine and the politics involved.
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.