yes especially for those who want to become a NAVY SEAL, it should be required reading.
American Sniper because it covers operational situations of an actual NAVY SEAL
the scenes at BUD/S
I wish I had give BUD/S a shot
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
The book is written for a beginner, such as myself, who knows nothing about the Navy Seals. I'm not an expert by any means, now that I've finished the book but I can say that I could talk with someone about the Navy Seals and be knowledgeable. The book would also be an excellent read for anyone who has any knowledge about the Navy Seals.
The knowledge that the author imparted to me. The information furnished seems overwhelming when you start at the initiation of a man/woman putting in their name to be put on the list to begin seal training, until the moment that a person becomes a seal. However, after starting this book I only wanted to soak in any and all information that the author could provide. I now understand why our men/women are so very proud of what they have accomplished. I no longer have to wonder how or why the US navy can and do provide such excellence in their chosen few.
No, I have not.
The book has a vault of information that I could not have understood if I had even wanted to finish listening to it all in one sitting. I needed time to absorb the information.
This book has helped me to apply facts to books that I now read by such author's as Brad Thor, W.E.B. Griffin, Robert Littell, to name only a few. Books written by the aforementioned author's have certainly had to do extensive research to write their books.Books are written to be fun to read and understand. I'm so glad that I somehow selected a book about the US military because it has provided me with an unquenchable thirst to learn more.
Finding out the grueling details of how a man becomes a Seal.
All of the character -
I love listening to this account and wonder how those guys have fared in the war on terror?
Seal team Six only with a much better ending
This is the only one of its kind I've listened too. The others have been fiction, so its ahrd to compare.
I've also read Dick Couch's other books about elite military training. They all have the same feel and the same approach.
Distinctive. He annunciates to the Nth degree.
Nothing I would describe as moving, but the parts about hell week were pretty intense.
I would listen to this again.
There is no other book like this that I know of.
Although I really enjoyed this book I had to play it at 1.5x speed because the narration was so slow by my standards. This book documents the full training cycles of a Navy Seal team and at 43 it made me want to be there and become a part of the Warrior elite. If you like documentaries about the military you will definately like this. If you have someone who is going through this training it will document exactly what what your loved ones are doing in training. It is really an awesome book.
Anyone interested in one of the following should read this book: Navy SEALS, exercise, being motivated, pushing yourself to reach goals, or sadism. This book is a real eye opener as to what these men go through to just be able to get to the point of actually training to be a SEAL. This book deals with the first six months of training from indoctrination to graduating from BUDS. Hell week is described very vividly, as is the torment, pain, and exhaustion these men endure to just get to the starting line. As it is pointed out in the book these six months are just the beginning, some of the men who graduate from BUDS will never actually earn the Trident to become official Navy SEALs. Its a remarkable story and very inspiring. If you are ever feeling lazy, maybe you want to skip your run, not go to class, or just lay around all day, listen to about 15 minutes of this book, if you don't want to move after that then you know you need to stay still.
The only thing that detracts from this book is that sometimes Captain Couch's conservatism and biases leak into the story. I do not think it is intentional but the way he speaks of the men who are tattooed or not caucasion came across as preconceived notions more than actual facts. This does not take anything serious away from the book, his views on world affairs pop up through out the book but a concious listener will be able to sort through those and walk away unscathed.
Captain Couch's attentiveness to the hardship of the SEALs is really what makes this book interesting and worth the listen.