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 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!!
As a patriot and soldier I highly recommend. every 18 Year old should read. inspiring.
it starts off as probably the worst narration I've ever listen to. like that narrator is trying to remake War and Peace being very dramatic and emotional. the narration grew on me however and I found myself really enjoying the book. Great story much respect to our troops.
The narration was so good- and it brought the story to life. The story is so moving and you felt like you knew every one of the characters personally.
Marcus Luttrell shared his heart and it made me even more aware of the commitment and sacrifices our military makes for us- especially the Seals.
His expression makes each character come alive- excellent job.
I truly enjoyed Marcus Lutrells very detailed account of Operation Red Wing as learning about his story of the mission was my sole purpose for purchasing his book. I do wish that the synopsis would have put a little more emphasis on how much of the book was about his BUDS training. I understand how much BUDS does to form a Navy SEAL and this portion provides the reader with a look into what makes Luttrel the man he is. However I found myself becoming frustrated with all the details and information about BUDS and I just wanted the portion of the book that was about Operation Red Wing to finally get going. The level of detail he was able to recount about the mission is a miracle and this portion of the book is riveting. His recounting of finally seeing his rescuers brought with it strong emotions for me and even brought tears to my eyes. Really good book but you must be prepared to go through BUDS first.