The Bin Laden event sounded so simple and clear cut. Read the book. Amazing, scary, insightful and - as though I didn't respect SEALS enough already - that respect has multiplied exponentially.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Great story but the volume and tone of the speaker changed quite often. There just was not consistancy in the reading to the point of distraction.
Mark Owen of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six) has written the first book about the killing of Osama Bin Laden by one who participated in the operation. Actually, the book is mostly about his career as a SEAL and the final chapters deal with the Bin Laden operation. Those chapters follow his first hand telling of prior such actions. Further, there has been much talk in the press about “secrets” being revealed perhaps. Yet, in the forward, Owen clearly states that he had a military lawyer vet everything in the book and nothing is reveal that isn’t in the public domain or press. The book, however, is a good addition to this genre. Readers come away with a better picture of what SEALs do and their contributions to the nation’s defense. It has exciting passages and insights into how the members of SEAL Team Six prepared for the encounter with Bin Laden are instructive. If you have an interest in reading the first book out – buy it and turn some pages. If you are expecting a lot of secret information about US operations, you might be disappointed. The reading of Holter Graham is excellent.
This book provides an amazing inside look in the life of a seal, but not from a prospective of giving away secret tactics, I found nothing that revealed in the book that isn't already widely available. What was unique about this story was the context the author provides. How he felt, what was going through his head, the sacrifice he and has colleagues have to make in the life of a seal. It was great story that provided just enough background leading up to the mission to take out UBL.
I completed this book within 24hrs of downloading it. The narrator does an excellent job.
Yes. I found Holter Graham's delivery to be very engaging, particularly in the scenes where the soldiers are in the field.
I just finished Peter Bergen's Manhunt, which I also highly recommend. I listened to it in anticipation of this book and found it to be a more comprehensive detail into Bin Laden's demise. Of course, No Easy Day is not aiming to be an all-encompassing story of Bin Laden's last few years on the run, so the two books complement each other very well.
I have not but would like to.
I found it somewhat funny that in the days prior to this book's release, many news websites and blogs were reporting that this book had a strong "anti-Obama" tone. "Mark Owen" spends a few minutes talking about all the false reporting that followed the Bin Laden raid, and I would say the reporting preceding the release of this book was false as well. Owen expresses that most of the SEALs were not fans of Obama, but I think this was more as a function of them not liking politicians in DC as a whole. Owen and the SEALs were always aware of how events like the killing of Bin Laden would be spun for political purposes and weren't wild about it, but that was pretty much the extent of the political commentary.
Additionally, I can't imagine that there is any sensitive or classified information revealed in the book (since "Owen" didn't screen it with the Pentagon, as is protocol). Aside from a few details I had heard almost all of the details elsewhere. The thrill of the book was hearing it from the SEAL's perspective.
I liked listening to the book, the narrator did an incredible job.
It is incredible to see what these men had to go through to be ready and prepared for years prior to this mission. Their sacrifices are unbelievable...makes you very proud to be an American.
I just finished Feerless the story of Seal Team 6 member Adam Brown a week before and hearing his friends a short time later take on this mission was quite powerful, and sad to imagine what these guys and their families go through. Such a sacrifice is made, and we are at home complaining about our lives all the time. We have nothing to complain about...these guys are incredible.
Great recap of the mission to get Osama Bin Laden, which picks up in the second half of the book.
I finished listening to it today as well as buying it today. If I recall from other books I have listened to about the Navy Seals it wasn't revealing much that I haven't heard already. I feel it was an excellent book. Every man that was in this fight was AKA's no real names used. He also said he consulted a lawyer that deals with special warfare. Obviously some people think this was something WRONG that the author wrote about. My honest opinion is every american should listen to this book. The liberal media and as they say in the book, "The Washington Machine" want to control everything. I mean look at what they did to our service men and women with the ROE (rules of engagement). War is war and has been that way for years. I give big congrats to ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE US MILITARY. The guy who wrote this is a hero and all the men that were on this mission are hero's. No question about it.
An Audio Book Junkie...
Just hearing the struggles that the operators have to go through day in and day out of deployment, work-up, and deployment again. The best part, while I get a good book out of the deal a portion of the book sales go the families of fallen seals.