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.
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.
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.