It is an autobiography and Brandon talks at length about his life growing up and how early life help shape and instill within him the qualities he would draw upon again and again as a SEAL.
Webb knows his stuff and shares what he can,which is very revealing, but his voice is a tad too "dude" for me.LOL
For a very informative look into the covert world of Sniping and the SEALs this is a book for you. Brandon shares a lot of "bar stories" as well as technical aspects of military sniping and I found his story compelling.
book w/o the k
The bonus stories at the end, especially Chris Kyles. I have to say that the actually interview intros with Brandon were spectacular addition.
Well done. His accents & emotions were pretty terrible, but it was kinda funny terrible, rather than unbearable terrible.
Protecting American Soldiers & Citizens
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.