Avid audiobook addict!
The writer's a bit self-righteous, but unlike 99.99% of self-righteous people he can totally back it up! It starts out a bit slow--the first part is about his less-exciting humanitarian work, but the second part about his Navy Seal time and how much more effective it was in helping oppressed people around the world was extremely interesting.
This book gave a view of a view of how Eric Greiten lived his life and his journey as a Navy SEAL. It is an interesting view of Eric's personal journey through the early years of his life and his years as a Navy SEAL. For those that are looking a book just about Navy SEAL training or life within the teams you may be disappointed. This book is more about his journey as a person and his journey through the world from the point of civilian and Navy SEAL. I would not consider this book heavy military, maybe 50% of the book is dedicated to his Navy SEAL training and career.
One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It is nonfiction, which I do not usually listen to or read. He gives an account of his personal experience in college, Rhodes Scholarship, working for international charities and then becoming and serving as a Navy Seal. It ends with description of his subsequent public leadership in founding the charity The Mission Continues to challenge wounded servicemen and women.
Palpably real, very intelligent.
He may personally inspire you to find more meaning in your life through service.
This account should not be missed.
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".
This work starts off slow but quickly builds. I was surprised I thought it would be all about military operations, it is not. Eric Greitens provides a great account of his life and humanitarian work. It made me look back and think what have I done and what lessons have I learned from others that developed me? The book keeps you interested and is a great account of some of the suffering that the world endours.
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.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
I don't know if this is BETTER than the print version - but it is VERY
The best part about this story is that it is actually written from 2 perspectives - that of a soldier and that of a relief worker.
The most moving moments of this book are those that dealt with Eric's experiences in Bosnia. That war - the largest ethnic cleansing to take place since WWII - gets little attention, but seemed to be particularly bitter and cruel. Eric's experiences there eventually lead him to become a Navy Seal. He concludes that people sometimes just need protection - sanctions, peacekeepers and condemnation aren't always enough.
This is a great, personal, compassionate story told through the eyes of a unique individual who has seen a lot of things first-hand. It is well-written, fast-paced and makes you think.
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.
Great story by a great man. I had the chance to meet Eric at a speech he was giving and he is very genuine just like this book.
By far the best SEAL book, head and shoulder's with Lone Survivor. The personal insight into the humanitarian side, war, and the mind of a special forces soldier takes you on a personal journey with the writer across the globe. The book made me want to be better, want to fight for those who can't fight for themselves, and to help returning soldier's continue to fight the mission at home and abroad in new and innovative ways. By far the best read of 2011.