The author should have just read the story himself. Each chapter had a forward that was read by the author repeating information that the narrator had read in the previous chapter then telling you all about the following chapter.
Brandon Webb tells a great story. His intro to each chapter, while often redundant, is a really neat enhancement to the audio version of the book. The narration leaves a lot to be desired. It is rushed and I often found myself wondering if the guy ever breathes. I listened to the whole book because it was a great story, but I will not purchase this narrator again.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I enjoyed this book. Hearing about Brandon's childhood and his path to the Sniper Corps was interesting and written in such a way that I did not get bored. The book is definitely spread out so doesn't bog down in any one area.
If you are interested in learning more about the training of SEALs, then this is a good use of a credit.
Yes, I would definitely listen again as I am sure I missed some really good details. The story itself is amazing how much these men give for our country. The determination they have is more than I can comprehend. I loved the book but at times Brandon came across as arrogant but then when I thought about what the training entailed one would have to be arrogant to get through it.
The description of how they were put in cages for training was really eye opening on the detail of this book.
I was shocked at what these men endured during training. I was close to tears a couple times when I was listening to the torture they went through.
Some of the descriptions of the chapters by Brandon at the beginning of each chapter did not really fit with the book and was sometimes annoying because it seemed like he was rambling instead of prepared to talk about the chapter.
Say something about yourself!
If you accept the assumption that big land wars are history and the future of warfare involves drones and small, highly trained special ops units then you will love this book. We all know that our SEAL teams are the go-to guys for the most complicated and challenging missions. No offense to Rangers and Green Berets but the news stories recounting the most spectular operations always cite the SEAL team responsible.
Well, this really makes you understand who these guys are and their extraordinary training. We should all be proud of their capabilities and as awestruck as other countries special ops units are of their training.
While the author is not the narrator (I can't imagine why not) he does introduce each chapter.
I would definitely listen to this book multiple times. The story is great and definitely makes you want to sit in the car and keep listening. Each specific section was interesting and really awesome to see it from an Operators perspective. I also liked the extra stories at the end of the book.
I think that if you are going to read a military book, you should at least know how to pronounce the common military jargon. He kept saying BUDS as B, U, D, S... or Helo as hello, among other jargon that was just so distracting every time it was said.
Get rid of the F word or at least minimize it.
Not thrown in the F word where ever it could fit
Strong clear book
I would recommend this if you're into SEAL Sniper books. It gave some good examples of training and talks about the progression of sniper training from a pass/fail on your own merits system to a true thinking man's system where tools are developed in the men.
Yes, I will never know first hand what is means to serve as a USN SEAL. It is an honor to get a glimpse of what it was like for those that have. Besides his life's story their are many life lessons that are very prevalent for anyone.
The commentary on what meant the most in helping someone be the best they can be.
I would recommend Jon's reading to others in that he captures to essence and subtext of the dialogue in this reading and tone.
The moment when Brandon explains the meaning to the title of the book and what you can learn in terms of applying to your life.
Me favorite part of the format of this book is the short author's commentry before each chapter. It is great to hear a short, candid synopsis from the the man that went through it. I could relate to the author even though I have never met him. This is the first biography in heard in this format and I wish more were like this.
Brandon Webb had a interesting background, but one that seemed to almost have him be exactly what it takes to succeed in not only BUD-S, but NSW as a whole. Ultimately driving him to completely redesign SEAL Sniper training into arguably the best sniper training program that the world has ever known. His story is not only moving, but interesting and very inspiring. The book leads chronologically through his childhood and early USN career, into his being a student in the very program he would revamp.
I know a bit about the reputation Brandon Webb left behind after leaving NSW and the Navy... and it is exemplary. Several former students credit Webb for saving their lives with what (and how) he taught as a sniper intstructor. Most notably perhaps is Marcus Luttrell (former SEAL, and author of 'Lone Survivor'). Can there BE a better indication of just how important Brandon Webb is/was to the program?
For anyone wanting to gain a sense of what it takes to succeed in the world of SOF, as well as the career & legacy of this man... I cannot recommend 'Red Circle' more highly. It is an excellent listen and 'paints the picture' extremely well.
For those interested, Webb is also a founder of and writer for SOFREP, a great resource for information regarding the world of Special Operations.
ALSO... Webb and the publisher have included a .pdf file containing many photos that were before only available by buying the actual 'book'. A real plus for it to accompany the audiobook! Make sure and download the .pdf file.