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!
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.
I read this book when it first came out years ago and recently finished the audio on a road trip. I loved the personal commentary and extra anecdotes. Beyond the crazy stories, what I mostly got from this book is inspiration. It's about being the best, rising up, believing in yourself, and doing what you think is right.I won't spoil any part of the story, but suffice it to say everyone should listen to this audiobook. Brandon is great and I hope he releases another one soon.
Anyone who can pronounce the names and places properly.
I laughed, was on edge of my seat for much of the story, and it tugged at the heart strings a bit.
The story was good, but the narration with Brandon offering a quick take one each chapter was great. First book that I have listened too, that did that, plus narrator did great job..
Great Narration.. Book flowed smoothly
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
This memoir ranks very high on the list of the many books that I've listened to that are relevant to the men and women in the SEALS as well as other branches of the military. The list continues to grow. I do reserve a special place in my heart for the SEALS. However, I realize that the special ops of the military are very small in number, compared to the men who fight on the front line. Without the infantry, the US could not fight any wars. The infantry are the backbone of the US military. I've listened to books about all branches of the US military that are about the many wars the US has fought to protect the people and guarantee the freedom of the people as written in the US Constitution. Since reading these books I have one concern and that is how to treat the prisoner's of war. To visualize the torture that other nation's do to our men and women overseas is unprecedented to how the US treat prisoners of war. I will say no more because I do not, at this time, want to stand on my soapbox and become agitated and angry.
My favorite character was Brandon Webb, one of the author's of this book. The memoir puts Brandon front and center in this book. The many people who are also a part of this book are men who are also members of the SEALS. Their importance is crucial. Without the other men who had been accepted to train to become a SEAL, the men who mentored these men who were training to become SEALS as well as the instructors who knew what it takes to become a SEAL and taught the men the way they had been taught. There were approximately 220 men who started and only about 24 of those men earned the coveted Trident and became SEALS.
That question is very difficult to answer. Jon Bailey did an outstanding job with the many character's in the book. Jon Bailey, as the narrator, made this book an enjoyable listen. The book was a real page turner and was filled with action, fear, loving, and how these men had to come to grips with killing.
The moment in the book that particularly moved me was when the men of the Taliban were going to set up an ambush against the SEALS. Why these men drove in cars to reach the sight where they were going to set up the ambush, is beyond my realm of thinking. However, the SEALS were ready and killed every man in the convoy. There was a surprise in the passenger seat of one of the cars, a pregnant woman whose husband had been killed in a prior altercation. Brandon was taken aback when he saw her and was not able to shoot her. The group of SEALS rendered their answer carefully and one man came forward and informed Brandon that she was also a member of the Taliban, who hated American's and she had attempted to kill them. Therefore, it was their decision that she had to die. When Brandon told the other SEAL, you kill her because I can't do it. The SEAL came forward, raised his weapon but could not shoot. They put her hands behind her back and put plastic cuffs on her, put her in a truck and took her with them back to their place of operations. She delivered a son three days later. The book did not elaborate and I do not know what happened after the birth.
The book is well worth your credit. The memoir is well written and was told by an excellent narrator. I would have liked to finish the book all in one sitting but the length of the book was too long. Brandon became a member of the ECHO SEAL Team as a sniper. He was approached by an instructor and was asked if he would try out to become a sniper. Brandon had just recently become a member of the SEALS and knew that the other SEALS were not happy men. However, when he was young, he had worked on a scuba diving boat with men who were instructors. He learned how to become an excellent scuba diver and was also a sword fisherman. Brandon had never shot a gun before but he proved himself, when in training, to be an excellent shot. He attributed it to the fact that sword fishing could have helped him because when fishing he had to be quick and accurate to kill the fish with the sword. Brandon found himself in another grueling class where he had to score perfect hits in the last exercise in order to pass.
There is a true story behind Brandon's decision to become a SEAL. His father and Brandon did not have a smooth relationship. Brandon had a wonderful relationship with his mother and sister. It had always been Brandon's father's dream to travel around the world in a yacht. When his dream was realized, they set out on a family trip around the world. Brandon and his dad got into a screaming match about what kind of anchor should be used to dock the yacht for the night because of the type of sand that the yacht was sitting on. Brandon yelled at his father, trying to explain why the use of a specific anchor would help ensure that the yacht would not hit shore. After all, Brandon screamed, he was a skilled diver who knew his was around yachts. His father would not relent. However, when morning arrived and the yacht had almost hit shore, Brandon could not wait to tell him that he was right and his father was wrong. The fight ended when his father told Brandon that there was only one captain on the ship and he was the captain and not Brandon. He told Brandon he would have to get off of the yacht and find a way to reach his destination. Brandon was 16 years old. They were now in the middle of the South Pacific, the capital of Tahiti. His mother was a very resourceful woman. She was able to secure him passage to California, three thousand miles away. Brandon agreed to help out in significant ways that would help to ensure that Brandon and the family that had agreed to his passage, would get back home to California.
After returning home, Brandon lived on the same yacht where he had worked. His mother had also found him a place to live. His friend's on the yacht told Brandon, hey, you know what Brandon, you would make a great SEAL. Brandon thought, a seal, what are they talking about? They explained to Brandon what a SEAL was and after finishing high school, Brandon left to become a SEAL.
Brandon left the SEALS after seven or eight years. He set up a business that specialized in teaching sniper training, the same way Brandon, as a SEAL had learned to become a sniper. There were one or two friends who joined the business when it was just beginning. The sniper training course took off and there were plenty of men who wanted to become a SEAL sniper and other's who wanted to learn for their own personal reasons.
Having the author provide personal introductions for each chapter is an amazing touch that gives the book a real personal touch. It helps the reader feel more connected to the story. For this reason, I think the audible book is better than the print version. I also very much enjoyed the additional stories at the end that are not found in print anywhere.
Of course I loved getting to know Brandon Webb. As a woman, of course I will never have the opportunity to become a Navy Seal myself but I have such great respect and admiration for all of these warriors. Any chance I get to hear or read their stories I take. To hear about the sacrifices that they make every day for me and everyone in this country and for those around the world helps me to keep a fresh perspective on all the things I see as "problems" and makes me so thankful for all of my blessings.