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Dr Wasdin's compelling recounting of SEAL training and his involvement in a complex and now infamous mission in Somalia would have made for a solid, four-hour nugget of an audiobook, but instead we are left with this soggy, amateurish mess that stretches to nearly ten hours. The extra content comprises clichéd anecdotes of bar fights, marital hardships, and petty one-upmanship; poorly contextualized (albeit likely justified) anti-bureaucracy rhetoric; and a handful of hackneyed renditions of Vietnam-era SEAL lore. Dr Wasdin, a soldier and a chiropractor by training, is evidently a competent storyteller but not a gifted writer, and his co-author and editors have failed in bringing his most vital recollections to the page.
I ready a lot of military novels but Howards ability to paint the picture of what he saw, how he did things, and his inner thoughts was awesome.
I really liked Howard talking about his time in Somalia and how they broke orders to help a local kid who had a severe infection in his leg...how they did a tactical entry on the house next door from their safe house just to give the kid some antibiotics and stuff.
I really like his tone and inflection used when going through Howards story.
I laughed, I almost cried, and I smiled a lot listening to this one. Great book.
Making my way through all the US President a biography at a time.
A fun read that mixes a biography, SEAL history and the role of special ops in the military. The start of the story might make those that hate Fox News etc say "Oh its going to be told in this way..." But that tone and style quickly disappears and when it returns its presented as an opinion - fair enough. It's a good story about Howard Wasdin and the path that took him to be in the navy, SEAL and then SEAL team six. It mixes in some good history about the development of the SEALs and team six. Its clear at time when the biographer hands over to the historian but the story would have been less interesting without it. There seems to be a lot missing that the reader would have liked to hear about but I'm guessing word count and national security might have restricted the authors from covering these.
The end of this book doesn't go down on a high of glory or the amazing covert op, but a very human story of what happened after.
Well read and easy to follow.
It was engaging read but equally at 10hrs I was happy that it was easy to hop in and out of.
It was very enjoyable if you like, Griffin. I very much liked it most likely to listen again. I've also listened to Dick Marcinko rogue warrior. I like them both
The voice is what you think Howard Wasdin would sound like.
I found the the history of his childhood, and post Seal life to ad great perspective.
I just couldn't put this book down It is the most interesting book I herd in a very long time.
it gives a close look at what our special force's go threw just to relies there dream and just how fast they can louse that dream
I loved herring about the training.
Every American should here this book.
I will listen to it again.
The reader made it sound like he was sitting down with you telling you a story. You can't tell he's reading. I enjoyed it so much that when I was done I began again. I loved the details about the training and the fun stories I Love hearing the author's drive forexcellence in everything even while Recognizing shortcomings. I learned from his even keel, no nonsense approach to his work. I laughed out loud and got wet eyes as well as angry. But most of all it inspired me. I want to hold my family close and make sure they each know without a doubt how I feel about them. I aim to enjoy then every minute with them because there are so many that are far away for 6 months or more at a time. In appreciation for those bad asses who, like Jesus, have sacrificed so much for their country I will enjoy my family daily. Also it inspired me to excellence. I want to use 100% of the physical, mental, and emotional strength that God has entrusted to me to its full potential. Aspire to lead at your work. Whatever you are doing, do it with excellence. Love with excellence studying those you love.It looks like many listened to his story after all!
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
Howard Wasdin's memoir of his life and his time as a Navy SEAL was thoroughly engaging. I highly recommend it for anyone but especially for any young person who is considering military service. Not that all military training is as intense as SEAL training but Howard's story will inspire you to believe that you can overcome adversity and with shear will and determination no goal is unreachable. I for one was glad that the book ended with a brief description of his life since leaving the SEALs, it really demonstrated his humanity and that what you may think is the highlight of your life may someday fade into an exciting and unforgettable footnote.
This book ranks at the very top of books that I have listened to so far.
One of the most memorable moments of the book was when the author was ticking off the reading on his "fear meter" as the engagement escalated from dangerous to almost hopeless. He never went higher than an 8. Awesome!
The narrator really seemed to capture the author's voice in this book. Fantastic performance.
This book was hard to put down. It was compelling.
There are a number of reasons that I rated this book so highly. I thought the author did a superb job of weaving in and out of his own personal history to give background essential to understand the SEALs. This kept the book interesting from start to finish. I also really enjoyed the author's tendency to talk in detail about the gear and equipment that he liked and didn't like. It really helped that reader to visualize his experience. And finally, the author's ability to master the superhuman then to go on to master the human elements of life is what makes him one of a growing number of modern day heroes!!! You can't help but be better off after reading his story!!! Thanks for the opportunity!
I would, there's a replay-ability to this I'm not sure how to put into words. This is my first military-book read, and I learned quite a few fun things about it. Like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is their "wtf", haha.
Main character. No one else really got any "development", it was just the people he came into contact with or worked with.
Great emphasis on certain parts! Really made it seem like he was actually Wasdin himself going through a frustration or whatever emotion, haha. I actually had to check if it was the SEAL himself who was reading his own story at one point because I had forgotten.
There were parts that I shared with co-workers because after reading it I thought it was pretty cool. I was excited when he got to Somalia, surprised it didn't last all that long, amused when he helped out a teenager with a gangrenous leg (the whole having to hard enter his house every time to treat him was cool to me, and he did it against orders). Also enjoyed the story about having to approach his young son about an incident in the pool with another little girl! :) It's the "little things" stories amongst all the adventure, you know? :)
Felt like half or more of the book was on his training, but I didn't mind it so much, because the training in itself was pretty impressive to hear about (for me). The book wrapped up very nicely with what happened after his injury (he was lucky to have survived the battle of Mogadishu, wow what a hell) and his life after the military. Very satisfying end.