Yes, it is very compelling and inspiring.
Obviously Marcus Luttrell. I commend him for the way he honored his fallen comrades.
He was excellent in his performance! He really brought this production to life and his ability to convey emotion was outstanding.
This book will inspire you and make you proud of our young people who dedicate themselves to military service.
I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative reviews of the reader's performance. I took a chance and got it anyway and that was such a good decision. I've been an audible customer for many years and have listened to thousands of books. I can say with all sincerity that Kevin Collins gave one of the finest performances I've ever heard. He made you feel like you were there and he brought all of the images and emotions to life with his performance. Absolutely outstanding!
Luttrell and Robinson did an excellent job of portraying the selection and expectations of our military elite.
Good war story but seemed a bit embellished at points, probably for the benefit of the author's fame and respect for the dead. Significantly politically biased and a crazy central argument against the rules of engagement/Geneva convention but hey, it's the author's book to write.
One of my favorites... but I have a lot of favs!
I enjoyed knowing this is based on actual events.
I hadn't heard the story and simply wanted to read the book before I watched the movie. I had no idea how engaging it would be. I'm former military myself, so a lot of the stuff in the book was familiar to me. Kinda made me feel like I was a part of the story.
Too many to list.
I loved the way that Marcus' family was supported so completely by his community and his shipmates. The SEAL training portion of the book was fascinating but there are better books dealing specifically with his training (The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch). And, of course, the missions themselves were hair raising listens!
Marcus - his story, his ethics, and his personal views on the media and politics came through loud and clear. I didn't agree with them all, but they were heartfelt and sincere.
Marcus voice was well represented. Some reviewers have criticized Kevin Collins' "fake Texas accent". I am from Oklahoma and I thought he did a great job! You probably wouldn't want an authentic Texas accent; Boomhauer is from Texas but I wouldn't want him narrating this story, I tell ya hwat!
"In Afghanistan Everyone Can Hear You Fall"
"We Need Taller Actors In Hollywood"
If you must see the movie, read or listen to the book first. The endings are completely different. The book has a much more satisfying climax.
I love war fiction and non-fiction so I purchased this on the strength of the reviews. What a mistake. The author is intellectually arrested in ninth grade or so and uses this story as his bully-pulpit. What a dolt. If you want to hear some idiot prattle on about killing terrorists, law be damned and in the next paragraph go on about god and Texas then maybe this is the book for you. The guy is like a cheer leader for all that is wrong with our country's approach to 9/11. There had to be smarter ways to wreck havoc and extract penalty. Really, this guy is an idiot. Perhaps that is what is needed in trained killers and that is fine just don't write books and try to make money off the situations if you have nothing intelligent to say.
Short on action, long on simplistic bullshit. The narrator sounds like a high school kid who consumed too much coffee, which further ruins the experience. Really, take my advice and avoid this book as it is plain stupid.
Absolutely. It was such an engaging story told in an unbelievably logical and engulfing way.
The Navy Seal Training - Hell week.
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 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.
I was captivated by the retelling of these events. It's a reminder of what the men and women of all armed forces sacrifice for all of us.
"No Easy Day". The retelling of the Navy SEAL Team Six. Much less tragic but still very moving.
I agree with a lot of other reviews that the narrator was a little over dramatic at times but hardly enough to hurt the book. I got used to it and just chuckled at him a few times throughout.
From beginning to end. Yes the men of the Navy SEALS are volunteers but in many books I've read they make it clear that they feel they are fighting someone elses battles, laying everything on the line for what they believe is the greater good.
I think everyone should give a read or listen. It opens the doors to a lot that civilians don't usually get to see the whole picture. It gives us a different perspective than the medias view that we are used to.