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.
Not for everyone
Earl, solid human being trying to improve the lives of his students
It was unusual, I was interested to hear a book narrated by the author. Initially it was a little difficult and some of the reading felt stilted - I had expected it to flow, but after a while I got used to the style and it was fine.
In some ways, it prompted me to think about what difference, if any, I was making. I found myself coming up very short in comprarison to Greitens.
Awesome, just Awesome!
Eric Greitens is the best example I've seen in quite some time of a man who chose Service and Virtue over Greed and Self Indulgence. Quite an amazing guy and a great example of what it really means to be a "great man".
I loved this book. The author is the narrator, and although his voice isn't the greatest, I 5-starred the performance category because he's good enough, and it's always preferable to have the author read their own books.
This guy's perspective as a former humanitarian aid volunteer who then became a SEAL commander is very unique. His insights, derived from the unique prism of experience through which he observes things is very very interesting.
The first half of the book is about his life in general. And like all SEAL books this one seems to have the obligatory large section about BUDS, but this book is about this guy's life, instead of about something else, so it made more sense here.
I highly recommend this book.
Like many others may have done, I downloaded this just after OBL was killed to find out more about the men who carried out that mission. I usually enjoy hearing books read by their authors but Mr. Greitens voice seems 'dry' to me and does take a little getting used to.
The story began slowly and I almost stopped listening but I am glad I continued. Mr Greitens descriptions of the people he encountered even before he joined the Navy are one of my favorite parts of the book. His narration of his SEAL training helps you appreciate how difficult the whole course is (without actually participating yourself). I love some of the instructor stories, especially the one about the hokey-pokey which bring a bit of humor into the mox
I enjoyed hearing that a normal kid grew up to be not only a Rhodes scholar but also a member of one of our nation's elite military units. The most refreshing part of the story is hearing how Mr. Greitens has used his talents to help others after leaving the Navy.
I gave this 4 stars because I felt the story moved too slowly at times and because of the voice performance. Overall I am very glad I decided to listen to this book.