I had expectations of this book to be more focused on the mission that killed Bin Laden, and the details around that mission. Instead this books first half is about the main character and his personal life and background, as well as life as being a navy seal in general. Very macho and did not like this part much. Reflections of the narrator as well were poor and naive. Interesting part about the Bin Laden mission though, but too short.
This is a fascinating and well-written book gives an insight to how our Navy Seals are protecting our freedoms on a daily basis. It just isn't about the Usama Bin Laden (UBL) mission, but goes much deeper than that. Hats off to the men and women in the Seals who are serving their country. I had no clue what goes into each and every mission they are involved in; it truly is amazing. Mark Owen does an excellent and honest job describing these missions and dispels many of the false media reports that followed the UBL mission.
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.
PLOT: Seal Bio and the plan to take down Bin Laden~
Mark Owen is an AKA~ pseudo~to HIDE the idenity of a real life Navy Seal who was Part of the SEAL TEAM 6~ Anit-Terrorism Navy Seals~ Owen who has a hero worship of Seals from his youth. Getting to be a SEAL is no easy task. They are the elite of the elite both physically and mentally. TEXT book is the phrase he uses to perfect his sit ups and mental strength. He outlines the training in details but ADDS his own human side which keeps us interested. This drags at first. AFTER all it is a 6 hour audio and part way through brings us back to the PLOT and and deeds of Bin Laden. the HEART POUNDING trip into the Bin Laden Compound to" GET HIM"~ is first rate and keeps you glued to the story. WE learn details we did not read or hear before. And CLEARS UP the inaccurate news reported by the press of the mission. BETTER than I expected. THE "details" are what ADDS the very human faces of REAL life SEALS and YOU have a 5 STAR audiobook. Plot is first rate and READER is 4 STARS~ and over all 5 STAR. I was skeptical all the HYPE would live up to the reality but I give this over all a 5 STAR for the mission alone and close up LOOK into the mission and life of a Navy SEAL~ ** THE AUTHOR details that he is using NON RESTRICTED MILITARY INFO ALSO he claims that all details involving seal activity has been published before can be found in published forms (internet or books or newspapers).and he also states an independant expert has verify all material used in the book was non restricted. This info is stated in the forward of the audio. VERY good STORY.
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.
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.
...and we did not fail. Thank you. All you brave men and women who brought justice to nation. This is a credit worthy listen. We know how to raise them right in Alaska and Mark Owen, (or whatever your name is) and his team, have done this nation proud.
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.
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 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.