In-site and author's notes before EACH chapter, plus other items not in printed version.
Webb, first hand accounts of his deployments and life.
Thanks for opening up, and taking time to put this book together!
I really enjoyed the fact that Brandon Webb basically documents his whole life. He didn't just start off by diving into his career with the SEALs, but he starts at the beginning with his family life. The inclusion of his experiences from childhood up to the point where he joins the Navy, helps to paint the whole picture of who Brandon Webb is and what channeled him to the decision he made for a career choice.
I have always enjoyed talking to or reading about people who are experts in their field, whether it relates to public speaking, teaching, computers, military, clergy, athletes, etc. People who are at the top of their field and have their ethics and knowledge "squared away" have always intrigued me. From the first time I learned about Navy SEALs I was captivated, not only by the grueling training and conditioning they go through to earn their Tridents, but also by the code they live by and their absolute dedication to their teams and country. I have seen several documentaries about the SEALs, but this book went into more detail than I have ever heard about their training. It was amazing.
I felt a bit of the mantra that some people don't like, such as, "SEALs are great, SEALs are the best, nobody in the world compares to the SEALs", but, that didn't really bother me. I'm sorry, but when you truly understand what these guys have gone through and what they have to sacrifice, especially in their personal lives, for this country, can anyone really blame them for bragging a little? Besides, that attitude didn't permeate the content.
The other thing that I really enjoyed about the audiobook was the commentary before each chapter. People who listen to the audiobook are able to get some insight into how each chapter came to be named as they listen to Brandon Webb introduce each one. At the end of the book he also provides some extra discussions, some of which, he claims, have probably never been heard anywhere else. While there seems to be a bit of bravado and "hardcore" attitude throughout the book, Brandon's personal commentaries and reflections are laid-back and really add to the total experience. He sounds like an "average Joe" and not someone who has been seen what he has seen and been through the things he has been through--very much like someone you would enjoy sitting down to dinner with.
I really enjoyed Brandon's explanation at the end of the book about "The Red Circle" and what it really stands for. It pretty much wraps up the way he and the SEAL community live, and, in reality, how we all should live.
I have only listened to a couple audiobooks so far. There was only one narrator who I would say did an outstanding job (Lou Diamond Philips - Tom Clancy's Dead or Alive), and this one was not the one. While I got used to Jon Bailey's style, it was more like listening to me read the book out loud, rather than drawing me completely in to the experience. The one thing that was hard for me to listen to was the way he referred to BUD/S training. Instead of just pronouncing it BUDS, as is commonly the case, he spelled out the acronym each time...Bee You Dee Ess. That annoyed me. I think he may have done the same with another common acronym (SERE).
Other than what I learned in the movie GI Jane (stop laughing, I was very young when I watched it!), I knew very very little about Navy SEALs and their training, other than they were totally badass. So I found Brandon's upbringing and how it helped him excel at both his Navy career and his Navy SEAL training and career fascinating. I appreciated the balance of technical explanations, funny stories, and brutal honesty.
The editing of the audio left something to be desired. There were a handful of sentences that were recorded twice. I did a double take to see if my phone was malfunctioning...it wasn't. But I did enjoy Brandon's personal introductions to each chapter and the bonus stories at the end. Definitely a perk of buying the audio version.
All in all, I enjoyed the story (as much as one can enjoy a story that includes real-life accounts of our nation's heroes giving their lives to protect us and our freedom. Because I'll admit to having to pause the book to collect myself. There aren't words strong enough to express the tragedies described in The Red Circle.)
No. Because the narrator was bad. The editing sucked. The narrator would often repeat himself or mess up. It is like there was no editing at all.
The story is great. I love books about the seals. And this one was great
Like I said no editing at all.
Please record. Also the introductions before every chapter need to be removed
Learning the paths of Brandon Webb and some of the others he mentions by name is amazing and makes one realize the fortitude and very special qualities of these individuals. After the focused concentration and training, Webb's course to "civilian" life is fascinating.
The commentary by Brandon Webb on why and how he decided to do the audible version is interesting and he succeeded.
There is nothing worse then a audible book with a great story and bad narrator. Due to the negative reviews and lack of a sexy title I hesitated to purchase and listen. I am glad that I did give the book a listen and I can assure you that the narrator does not ruin the story. What makes this audio book special is that Brandon Web introduces each chapter himself and concludes the book with a brief interview. If you are looking for a book detailing harrowing missions there is not much in this book for you. If you are looking for insights into what makes a Navy SEAL a special breed of individual then this book is for you.
The narrator! He obviously didn't know his way around military terms and it was painful to listen to. The story was good but the narration killed the story.
Everything about the story was interesting. I love the details about how Webb became a SEAL. It's the reason I enjoy these kinds of books, but there are a lot of anagrams that are used and if you don't pick up on them quickly, you can miss out on a lot of meaning of the story. Also, if you aren't familiar with the geography or certain relationships between foreign countries/militaries/tribes, you can miss a lot.
The performance was completely flat. The narrator's voice was almost completely monotone with no voice inflections at all. The narrator was not familiar with military terms and it made it frustrating to listen to repetitive mispronunciations of certain terms.
Definitely. If you are interested in the sacrifice our soldiers make for us and our country, every story is worth listening to.
Keeps you entertained and makes you feel like you could have been right there
Don't think I pick just one
I really don't know.
Yes. Brandon, through his use of story, teaches us how to be great team players and leaders.
My favorite character was Brandon, he had a rough upbringing, but it was that upbringing that taught him to hold fast and be tough all through BUDs and his Navy career. I also enjoyed that Brandon added an additional narrative to each chapter of the book. I wish more authors would do this. It's this attention to detail by Brandon, that made Brandon my favorite. Osman, was my second favorite, because you never knew what kind of trouble he would get into next.
No. I liked Jon's performance, he wasn't bland like some audiobook performers, he brought out Brandon's character.
While I certainly loved the story about the Germans and their drinking game, I think what moved me most about this book was the fact even though Brandon was telling his life's story, he was also teaching us leadership skills. He is always the teacher.
I highly recommend this book to those who wonder what it's like to be a Navy SEAL. I also recommend this book to those who want to build great teams in the work place. Through the use of story, Brandon illustrate good and effective leadership and how it can motivate a team to do great work. He also illustrates when ego and poor leadership get in the way and how they can destroy a team, training and cost people their lives. Brandon stands up for what he believes is right, regardless of the cost to himself and this is what makes Brandon a the best of the best. Give this book a try, you will not be disappointed!
I really enjoyed the story and thought Brandon Webb's life was amazing. The narration was really bad. Example: Ili-noise for the state, Illinois. There was military lingo that I even knew he was not pronouncing right. He did get better after chapter 5, kind of.
Anyone else. Sorry Jon Bailey.
Excellent story! Buy the book instead though.