I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
The Heart and the Fist ranks high on my list of audiobooks that I've listened to. There have been more good listens than bad and I find it difficult to rank them. But that is a good thing, author, narrator and content to your liking is a good prescription for passing time enjoyably.
What I enjoyed most about this story that it was a memoir from a man who has committed his mind and soul to the betterment of humankind.
Since Eric Greitens performed as the narrator and was the author as well, I'd have to say Eric Greitens. He did an excellent narration of his own book. There were many characters in the book but I can't pinpoint any one person being better than another.
Listening was enjoyable and the subject matter was right up my alley. I enjoy reading about The Navy SEALS and I've read many. Reading the book all in one sitting wouldn't have been wise for me. The book discussed Eric's life and the many ways that he had served in various humanitarian efforts. The book was thought provoking and took time to listen closely about the many chapters in Eric's life. Eric Greitins, the author, had been told since he was a boy, that in order to learn about everything, he needed to go to college. He left high school after graduation and left the US to do Humanitarian service in China before starting college at Duke. He went through college on scholarships, he was from a suburban middle class family who could not afford the cost of college. Upon returning from China he began his freshman year at Duke. He honestly didn't quite understand what all the fuss was about because he surely wasn't learning about everything. After his freshmen year was over, Eric left for another country to work as a Humanitarian. He continued doing this throughout his four years of college. This is what led him to become concerned about mankind and geared his college degree to meet those ends. He applied for and was accepted at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He was given a small stipend and worked in many countries where humanitarian services were needed. The poorest was Calcutta, India and he did see Sister Theresa sitting in the front of a gathering but did not meet her. He wrote a 450 page dissertation before finishing at Oxford and was offered a job as a professor as well as being offered a high paying job outside the university. He had been thinking long and hard before and after finishing at Oxford and had decided that he had served numerous countries outside of the US, it was now time for him to serve his country, the USA. He joined the navy and went to school to become an officer before he left to join the SEALS class.
The Navy SEALS are the most elite of any special ops in the country. This is what I've read in every book I've selected and listened to concerning the SEALS. I do enjoy listening to the men describe how they survived BUDS week, also known as Hell Week. To think that out of 220 men and one woman who were selected to try out for that SEALS team, only 27 made it to Hell Week. Men quit before BUDS as well as during and after. There are also physical injuries that do occur that forces a candidate to try out at another time. Therefore, there were less than 27 men that graduated. The Frog Men were born before the invasion of Normandy. These men had to be taught how to execute underwater demolition skills to kill the enemy and to remove any booby traps that had been laid underwater to prevent the US men being able to reach the shores at Normandy. If they had been caught too far out at sea, every man would have died. It was realized, after WWII, that it was necessary for the US to have trained men and women who could successfully complete the impossible. Thus, the SEALS were born.
I have always admired the lore of the US Navy SEAL's and I really wanted to like this book.
Though the book offers a different insight into the mentality of an elite SEAL warrior it is weighed down by a halting and amateurish narration by the author.
This is a great example of how an audiobook can be propelled forward or dragged down by the strength or weakness of the narration.
Eric Greitens' self narration just does not complement his story...so much so that I hesitate to recommend this audiobook.
Finally a Navy Seal book that gives the other side of the picture. If you like these books, then I highly recommend reading this book. It gives perspective.
I love this book, Eric is an amazing person and has a great story to tell. Since the story is personal an sometimes emotional it enhances the story telling having the author narrate.
Eric's story shows us that there's so much important work to be done in the world and that service to others is the path to an interesting and joyful life. This book is so good, download it now.
The stories are his personal experiences which adds something. Plus his voice is easy going and easy to listen to. His reading was great.
So good, Download it!
The Author, who is also the narrator, describes his life before being a Navy Seal, the process of becoming a Seal, some experiences as a Seal, and finally his inspiring work after retiring from military service. Everything in his life builds up to the next phase of his life. Certainly he leaves out the mundane and boring parts, but it is inspiring to see reason and purpose for the experiences in life. This is a great read for a teenager who needs direction or is thinking about military service (though there is a fair amount of foul language). The author highlights the need for character and responsibility: for perseverance, honesty, accepting responsibility for your own actions, humility, and living a life serving others.
Yes - if you are a man or raising one, it's an exceptional call to action through a life well lived and story told.
Too many quotes, too many people, and too many challenges overcome to list.
I laughed out loud several times and find myself re-examining how I've lived my life and how I plan to raise my boys often. I've always been amazed and humbled by the sacrifice of our men and women in the Armed Forces and respected humanitarians who work in the field. This is a wonderful book which speaks to both sides.
Listen to it. Read it. Underline it. Share it with friends. It's more than worth your time.
First off, it's pretty cool that the autobiographer is the narrator. This book provides a great introspective into the depth of character and toughness required to be a SEAL. It has some really poignant statements about the proper times to apply strength and compassion when addressing international affairs.
This book was great for people that travel and ponder what our global role is. What are the things that humanitarians, Christians, military and other do for those in need, with good intentions, are harmful or helpful for those people and other cultures? Greitens does a fabulous job writing and reading the audio book. Even our 11 year old listened to this audio book with us and enjoyed it. There are some bad words and some content that was hard for us all to hear, but it was real life situations that happen. It's important for our preteens and teens to hear that life isn't all easy, and the freedom we enjoy every day is earned every day by many amazing people that step up to the plate and say "I'll do it."
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
A great, exciting read! A MUST read for anyone who thinks they might want to be a Seal. A nice peak into the mind of patriotic youth.
Eric Greitens is a true leader and humanitarian. I would make this mandatory reading in my classroom (high school) except for the foul language.