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.
Maybe. Howard Wasdin overcame a lot of struggles as a child being a product of a broken family. However, once he joined the Navy, entered BUDS, and made it to the Teams those hardships are what drove him to become so successful as a DEVGRU operator.
The first third of the book is about his childhood, growing up, and the hardships he endured. It then goes on to him joining the Navy and talking about his quest to make into BUDs. The middle section of the book talks about his time in BUDS and making it through Hell Week, but it doesn't go into a lot of detail. The last half of the book describes several of his missions, including his involvement in the "Black Hawk Down" incident. Finally, the book closes with its final chapters describing his slight struggle, but then successful, re-entry back into civilian life where he becomes a successful Chiropractor. Overall, it was a good story. It didn't go into as much detail as some of the other more recent SOF books, but was still inspiring.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author: Stephen King. Favorite book: Hyperion.
A blunt, no-holds barred, accounting of a SEAL sniper going through training and actual combat missions. Just listen to this book! You will not be disappointed!
Yes, I insulated my garage and commuted to this one. Commuting behind the wheel is frowned upon with a book in hand.
It's based on one character, this question may be better for fiction.
I liked it and have not listened to any of his other performances that I'm aware of.
Raced through this, didn't need to take notes, think too hard etc.. Sat back and enjoyed start to finish.
SEAL Operators = AWESOME!
Chuck Pfarrer's Warrior Soul. Wasdin's story picks up the SEAL timeline where Pfarrer's leaves off.
The Somali neighbor boy and the humanity displayed by Wasdin and his teammates.
Wasdin's storytelling encourages laughing rather crying. Front-butt, peepee slapping, and Smudge's gf introduction are a few laugh inducing anecdotes.
If you're a fan of SEAL books this would be a prefect choice. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
SEAL Team Six ranks on the top of all the books that I have listened to about the SEALS.
My favorite character was Howard Wasdin. He truly emulates what I know about the SEALS. Howard fought long and hard for his country. He truly would've laid his life down for his country. When fighting in the Battle of Mogadishu, Howard was wounded three times. He was awarded the Silver Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Mogadishu. He loved and believed in the USA. Wasdin was a true patriot. He never tried to avoid any mission. He was the elite of the elite. He became a SEAL sniper. He had the honor of being the best of the best when he achieved the honor of being the number one sniper in all the world.
My favorite scene was difficult to choose because there were many. However, I chose the Battle of Mogadishu. To listen to how Wasdin fought and never gave up was powerful. He and his men were given the wrong directions over and over and it was during that time that he sustained his three injuries. He went on to receive the Silver Cross but he finally left the SEALS after that mission. He understood for himself that he would no longer be able to fight as he had fought. He was offered any other position in the SEALS but if he couldn't be a sniper, he knew in his heart that he would have to leave.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was after Wasdin had had his surgery for a compound fracture of his leg. They gave him two IV injections of morphine but he was in the one percent of people who do not respond to the drug. Wasdin finally was hooked up to an IV pump of Demerol. While he was there, a DELTA Force soldier was in the bed across from him. The soldier was in excruciating pain and kept calling out for medication. When no one responded, Wasdin grabbed a mop that was nearby and pushed his bed over to his comrade, by using the handle of the mop. They had both fought during the same mission in the Battle of Mogadishu. When he was finally close enough, he took the needle out of his IV pump and inserted the needle into his comrade's IV pump and administered him two pushes on the button, providing him with the pain relief he so desperately needed. When finished, Wasdin replaced the needle back into his pump. He was unable to push himself back over to his own side because his strength was wasted. He stayed beside his comrade and they both slept.
I loved the SEAL Team Six book. The narrator, Ray Porter, did an outstanding performance. It's amazing how the narrator makes or breaks a book for me. Ray Porter made the book come alive. I learned so much more about the SEALS that wasn't in the other books that I have listened to about the SEALS. Wasdin wrote the book in such a way that anyone and everyone is able to understand. There were snippets of humor throughout the book that made me smile and even laugh. When Wasdin received his TRIDENT, there was no one more proud than him. I believe Wasdin had reached his nirvana. Wasdin had to find a different way to earn a salary after he left the SEALS. He tried many different jobs in order to earn a living before he was able to truly find his place in the world. I won't tell what that occupation is because it's an important part of Howard Wasdin's journey back into civilian life. Listen to this book if you're inclined and I hope that you can enjoy it as much or more than I did.
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great stuff if you like AR 15 with silencers. covert missions, american bad asses, youll love it. spending a sh*t ton of our tax money occupying sh*tty countries using the fear factor not my thing. the special opps worth every penny. Did you every wonder ehy we can not purchase a ghid special in the states? I do every day. a Toyota, mazda ect, 4 wd, 4 cylinder turbo diesel pick up truck. 40 mpg. need a 5 ton 800hp ford f 900, no problem!