I had to abandon this after the first chapter because the reader was TERRIBLE! Fake Texas accent ruined it. The reader vacillated between Midwestern, Southern, Texan, and SE US accents at any moment. Bleh!
I have edited 38 national best sellers and had a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
I read No Easy Day, about the raid on Bin Laden's compound. I'm guessing a lot of people not ordinarily drawn to SEAL missions or military memoirs did. Of course I found that event fascinating, but what drew me to trying another SEAL book was details of their training to become members of this elite group. The training takes up a huge section of the book, which was what I was looking for. So many strong, driven patriots couldn't handle it, and I understand why. The ones who complete the training are just about superhuman.
Then the book goes on to talk about missions, and the heartbreaking account of Operation Redwing had me riveted. So many times the hand of God must have intervened, like placing Marcus's rifle within reach after an explosion blows him across and down a mountainside, like his landing upside-down in a hole after another blast, so the enemies couldn't spot him, and so on.
I found the narrator to be perfect. I totally believed him and his accent and inflection . . . except when he pronounced "either" as "eye-ther" instead of "ee-ther." When you get to know Marcus, a good ol' boy from Texas, you are pretty darned sure he would not say "eye-ther." I'm surprised no one caught that.
That's nit-picking. Sorry. The book is great. Go for it.
I have seen the movie and may say that it doesn't do the true story justice. They're is so much that Hollywood changes and uses their artistic liberty in the name of higher revenues at the box office that the story gets changed. This book painted a greater, sharper picture as opposed to the film.
Certainly. This book is so moving and inspiring. It opened my eyes to the horrors into which we send out troops. I admire Marcus Luttrell's ability to capture this story and relay it to us civilians who may otherwise never even begin to understand the life of a Navy SEAL. This book is definitely worth the time.
I have not read any other book quite like this; however, I am eager to explore this realm further.
Naturally, Marcus was my favorite character. I did also appreciate the descriptions of the many officers who played a role in Marcus' success as a Seal. Kevin's performance made them seem fierce and bold.
I could not hold back the tears as those 3 men lost their lives, particularly when Marcus exclaimed that he heard his good friend scream out to him for help right before he took his last breath.
This book is a must-read! Great job, Mr. Luttrell, and thank you for everything.
I was recommended this book and I see why after reading it..BUT disclaimer- warning to those who are sensitive to bad language or plan on listening to this with children around. Only until Marcus is where he can't communicate because of a language barrier, does it slow down. I'm sure reading probably wouldn't be as bad but hearing the swear words constantly was not good for me. I won't be listening to it again.
Probably not, I don't typically read books more than once unless they are some sort of self help book or the Bible.
I loved Marcus, because he had amazing comrodary and respect for his fellow Seals. He pumped up all the others to be better than himself which made him stand out all the more.
There were really too many to pick a single favorite.
Finding out that Seals say prayers, and that while he cursed a lot he had a lot of faith and hope. Knowing he prayed prayers that was taught from a young age and held onto those things through the lonely rought times.
What an Insight
The book not only tells an incredible story, (A True Story, by the way) but gives the listener / reader an insight into the lives and training of a SEAL.
This book reminded me why their are words like Hero, Patriot, and Honor in the dictionary.
Above and beyond
The tumble down the mountain in the middle of a firefight!
Yes, but I really enjoyed listening during my commute. It was a very engrossing book.
There was a lot of "SEALs are better than everyone else" in the book. And I understand that. However, the training many elite troops go through are just as demanding.
I didn't read the print addition but I can't imagine it being better than the audio version.
Even though you know how it ends, the build up is wonderfully dramatic.