A teenage militia member
It's difficult to see what they could write that I would find of interest
Over the top red neck rant
It's hard to fathom the guilt and self loathing associated with being a "Lone Survivor", but you could drive a truck through the inconsistencies in this book. I understand that the author needs a boogeyman to blame, but his constant rants about the liberal media and the Geneva Convention don't ring true. As for his constant bragging about how wonderful the the SEALS are, all I could think was what a whiny bitch he comes across as.
This story is one I had heard of for some time; never having dived into the specifics. It takes a lot of courage to write a book so focused on the incredible bravery and selflessness of those who Sacrificed everything. One of the Best books written by an Ex SPECWAR guy.
It's at times almost comical to hear Kevin Collins Speaking with the "accent", but as you listen to the words, you can't help but be brought into this world of Marcus Luttrell, who, one could imagine, is the guy telling the story with his own voice. It's Texas style, through and through.
The movie is incredible, believable and keeps you on the edge of your seat with a lump in your throat. The movie cannot hold a candle to this book. The long and short: I was surprised by how little about the Battle of the Hill was in the book in one compact space, but I feel like I know these men, and THAT is more than worth the time and the money and the emotional investment required for this book.
No. This book went through the stretching machine a few times. The same info was re-hashed over and over again.
The story told in this book is horrific and heroic, but the authors political opinions are completely unnecessary to the story. I was shocked that he took the time to include them (over and over again). This book could act as an inspiration for young people interested in joining the military but instead, he runs the completely unnecessary risk of alienating some of his readers.
Kevin Collins was definitely the wrong choice to narrate this book. His terrible, fake Texan accent was really distracting. Maybe Scott Brick would have done better.
So much of this book was poorly written, its hard to choose a particular scene that needed to be cut... but ill give it a whirl. Pretty much all of the story line that took place at Marcus' parents' house shouldn't have been included or at least handled completely differently. All of the dialog (that the author quotes, but wasn't present to hear) was incredibly cliche and unbelievable. No one talks like that.
The retelling of the facts of the author's experiences in BUDS and then Operation Red Wings are the meat of this book. If that was extent of what was in the book, it would be perfect. The author's writing style leaves a lot to be desired. There are way too many cliché "turns of phrase". One example: Near the end of the book, a local construction company donated some work to the Luttrell family and Marcus's mother witnessed the arrival of the construction workers. The description in the book says "two of the biggest trucks she had ever seen pulled up...". Were they special trucks or was this an exaggeration? A non-descriptive description? Another example: Previously in the story, he tells about when parents and the two hundred guests standing vigil at their house got the call that Marcus had been found and rescued. He writes that immediately everyone at the house raised the flag and joined arms and spontaneously burst in to song (!!!!). This is such an unbelievable description! Several chapters back in the book, a hundred and fifty bad guys came over a hill. I know this is just nit-picking but the point of the book is to tell about the factual events. Why include exaggerated descriptions at all when it calls in to question what is fact and what is exaggeration?
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I cannot begin to review this story, for I am not worthy of doing so. These men are the antithesis of American force, brotherhood and honor. Faced with an impossibly complex choice these "characters" chose the life of another over their own and paid dearly for it. This is simply the most epic tale of men in combat I have ever read or heard of. I've read the book three times and now have listened to it twice. May the dead rest easy and the living honor their names. Read the follow up book by Marcus, Service, and support the soldiers afar and those who come home. Saying they fight for us sounds trite but it truly is what they do. Good on ya luttrell and god bless.
wow...enough with how great the seals are. we get it. redundance...almost like a high school essay had to have minimum number of words and just kept saying the same thing about how great the seals were over and over and over again...argh
if this book doesn't motivate you to get up off your but and do something with your life because the gift of freedom that you have given by Jesus and these Hard Core Warriors like this. then nothing will. Don't let them sacrifice their life be in Vain so you can just be average.. Go out pick up your boot straps and make something of yourself. These men died so that you can live.. do something about it!
American Sniper... it's not the media spin on what happen over there. it's a real life account about men who not only help protect the people there, but they saw the value of the innocent people there, shared the horror of war, and were proud the could protect their fellow brothers in arms. It helps you to see they are murders by any means but they are at war agains a organization who will beat their own kids, and hold families captive to make women do their dirty work instead of come out and fight like real mean. Makes you also realize the anguish that our soldiers have to go through to do their job, and should cause you to have a deeper respect and a sense of honor for being blessed to have them as your friend or family member.
He's Texan, like me love the accent... But i pushed the book to 2X his reading voice. nothing agains him, i was just hungry for the story.
it's wordy just to let you know.. not a kid friendly book. this an adult book not of the faint of heart... don't care who you are or how tough you think you are. man or woman... your going to cry in this book just use the emotion it gives to empower you to get up and get going!
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--
This book is outstanding, and highly recommended for anyone who doubts the inherent goodness of people, even during times of war.
The constant wondering what was going to happen next?! Unending suspense!!
Marcus' honest re-telling of all that happened
This book made me proud to be an American, and honored that men like Marcus would put their lives, hearts, and souls on the line for people such as me.
I wanted to see the movie version of this book after hearing the author on the radio state that the movie was very true to the story except for one unnecessary scene of him stabbing one of his capturers which never happened.
And the reviews on Audible were all so good I could hardly wait to listen to the book. Even if I am the only person who disagrees, I still found it impossible to listen to the narrator. Nor was I interested in the entire biography of Mr. Luttrell and his political views. Somewhere in the training for SEALS it seems they lose the ability to remember that ( A) they volunteered to do this work (B) that everything they got and became is because the American people provided it to them and they got the best of everything and (C) their unique and limited experience of the world does not reflect REALITY for the rest of the universe.
The title of this book is misleading as it implies it is the story of Operation Redwing. I fast forwarded and fast forwarded and never got to the story but did get to the end of my patience listening to Mr. Collins imitating a "good old country boy from Texas." Golly and gee whiz, I want another book Audible, you can keep this one.