I wanted to read this book because so many people had told me how great it was. However, I must have been naive to expect the story to be written as a narrative versus as a sort of long conversation with the writer. The book is full of very far right Conservative, anti-Liberal rhetoric, which, these days, I'm getting a bit tired of all the political hate, from both sides. I understand that should maybe be expected from some military guys but I felt it severely distracted from the story. I appreciate and agree the sacrifice anyone in the military makes needs to be remembered, which is part of why I wanted to read the book. But the author so clearly expected the "liberal media" to criticize him that his criticism of the very far left Liberals (though he seemed to expect this of all liberals) and defense of his and the military's actions pervaded the entire book. I ended up being taken out of the story every time he would do this, even though I agree there are sometimes necessary evils and tough choices made in the time of war.
It was interesting to hear about some of what the SEALs have to go through for training. However, this also felt more like Navy advertising versus being a part of the book. Yes, it was good to give the back story and idea of the mindset and personalities of the SEALs, but it was a little more than the first 1/3 of the book which just seemed unnecessary. It is amazing what Marcus Luttrell and his team went through and great to know there are people out there who will fight so hard to save a complete stranger, especially at high risk to themselves.
The narrator really wasn't that great. He over enunciated every word and spoke just far too slowly. I listened to the entire audiobook at an accelerated speed. The first third at 2X speed and the part that was actually about the operation at about 1.5X and had absolutely no problem listening to the story. It helped the narration sound more normal, especially since, like I said, the book was written more as a conversation Marcus Luttrell was having with someone versus a retelling.
Yes I would listen to lone survivor again. It's a very interesting book, full of suspense and action.
Marcus and the other seals. The hell they went through for each other, how they lived and died for each other.
What a remarkable story. This ranks right up there with Unbroken. Everyone should read this book to fully appreciate the sacrifices and hard work our Navy Seals are doing. There is some patriotic ranting that you will have to put up with, buy it doesn't diminish the overall story.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
I read Lone Survivor a few years ago--and LOVED it!! I saw the movie the first weekend it was out--and LOVED it!! And now I have listened to the book since Audible has released it in unabridged form--and also LOVED it. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about any version of this story.
Read it, see it, listen to it--your choice. But I highly recommend Marcus Luttrell's story of his experience as the lone survivor in a military op gone horribly wrong in 2005 in the mountains of Afghanistan. You will not be sorry--
Loved the whole thing
His voice inflection
I have to admit I did cry couple of times
This is one of the best books I've ever read !!! So stop Reading the reviews and get it. If there is only one book you ever read, let it be this one !!!
I didn't dislike him as much as some of the other reviewers but a lot of parts were over emphasized. The "Hooyah Instructor Reno" drove me insane though.
When they announced to his mom that he was safe I got the ol "cutting onions" experience.
I really disliked the assumption that every "liberal" hates our troops and wants them all put in jail. I found it to be far off base and not true at all. Some people in this country are going to always dislike our armed forces, but to paint an entire group (if you can even call "liberals" that, as if people are all the same) with such a wide brush was annoying and small minded. All in all though this was a good book by an incredibly heroic man.
Yes captivating and inspiring!
Learning somewhat of how the Navy Seals train and what it takes to become one. Also the truth about what the media puts the true soldiers through that are only trying to protect them and all of the American people.
To Hell and Back
Truly a blockbuster of a story. I would definitely put this one on the "Don't Miss It" list.
I had never heard of this story until I saw the synopsis on Audible and decided to give it a try due to the outstanding reviews. Add my review to the listeners who give this one an exceptional rating!!
Not only does this book give the reader/listener a good basis for understanding what it takes to become a SEAL, it really hits a home run describing the relationships of the SEAL brotherhood and their undying love for each other and their Country.
The book also takes some pretty good shots at the ultra-liberal hypocrites who are ruining this Country from top to bottom. I did find out that parts of the story and some of the factual troop accounts by Lutrell were challenged. However, when I researched it further, I found that the challenges came from liberals who were out to bad-mouth Lutrell due to the fact he was so critical of liberals hypocritically jeopardizing the safety of our soldiers in hostile areas around the world.
The narrator does a fine job and I truly enjoyed the story from top to bottom, beginning to end.
Overall, Highly Recommended!!
This story of amazing bravery and heroism will not let you go. You'll range through every known human emotion from abject terror to heart wrenching grief. Never again will you wonder what patriotism looks like after finishing this book.