Brandon Webb describes his life with just enough detail to keep the reader engaged without over doing it and loosing the reader. The extras in the audio book are priceless.
And as Brandon says in the book, "Don't judge a book by it's cover.".
Having read the work Chris Kyle and Marcus Lutrell, Brandon Webb fills in some of the blanks in the training that these incredible soldiers/heroes must undertake.
What makes this story so great is that it is not just the firefights and combat stories of being a a SEAL it's the training stories, being away from your family, this shows the human side of our most elite warriors.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
I'm not a ex-Navy-SEAL. But, I served in the Navy; I've lived in the two cities on the east and west coasts where the Navy SEALs are stationed; I've been personally acquainted with several active and former Navy SEALs; and I've read many books published by ex-Navy-SEALs; I have the utmost respect and admiration for them; but they have got to stop being a bunch of entitled prima donnas! They haven't done anything more than the Army's Delta Force, or any other Military Special Forces around the world (most especially the British SAS and SBS). The Navy has got to reign their people in by making them sign nondisclosure agreements and enforcing them just like the Army's Delta Force or the CIA does. Disclosing mission tactics, mentalities, and social habits only puts their brothers-in-arms in harm's way. I think many of the ex-Navy-SEALs have a difficult time going from hero to zero, and they're stuck in the past. So writing a book could make them money and give them the notoriety they crave for. They're almost like has-been movie or rock stars fighting to stay in the limelight. Frankly, it's pathetic!
It is about excellence.
Brandon Webb tells his story about being the best one can be and how is life story took him from winning ski races at 6, to becoming a seaman navigating one of the most traveled harbors at the age 16. Me. Webb tells his tale of how he became his best and helped others become their best by consistently being challenged and not accepting "good" as enough.
The stories Brandon tells helped me see that "excellence in all we do" matters and makes a difference in our lives and in the lives we touch.
May we all honor God, humanity, community, and family by becoming the best we can be by doing the best we can do, despite our circumstances and situations.
The authors content before each chapter was excellent and unexpected. Really made a difference for me! Beating able to listen to him speak made it way more interesting.
I hope to see more audio books using this format.
I've read several seal books including ones that are mentioned in this audiobook. This is definitely a keeper one of my favorites. The narration is good the Personal Touch by the author is great. The stories are motivating and informative
This is certainly one of my favorite audio book experiences. Not only was the story compelling but the approach with the audio was very creative.
Nothing to compare it too yet. But this has encouraged me to check out Luttrell, Kyle, and others' accounts.
I don't think I had a favorite character, not really that kind of book. But I did appreciate Jon's effort to create unique character voices.
I wanted to, but a guy's gotta sleep...and work.
There were a lot of criticisms of Bailey's narration from other reviewers and I must say, they are entirely unfounded in my view. Bailey's a pro and he did an excellent job. When a narrator mispronounces some bit of jargon, Bailey would say B-U-D-S instead of the more colloquial "buds" when referring to the SEALS most well known training, but these sort of mispronunciations are the responsibility of the producer to communicate to the voice talent. So go easy on the guy.
The book's chapters are introduced by the author in an informal setting, casually giving a primer on what the chapter to come will contain. This was a great touch. It really added a new dimension to the book, especially in the end when the author told some stories that were not in print anywhere. I won't tell you what they were but there are great stories about Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell.