This is a compelling and gripping story of modern warfare from a first-person perspective that humanises what could have simply become an action-movie script. Mack Owen and Kevin Maurer tell that story with gritty detail and real-life drama.
At first, I was unsure about Holter Graham’s narration, thinking that it sounded like a caricature of a young warrior. But as I listened it became more and more genuine, and in the end I was most impressed with his performance.
Of course the discovery and killing of UBL (read the book to decipher) is a story that almost demands reading. But I was also struck by the surreal confrontation between modern, highly trained, high-tech soldiers battling small bands of fighters, living with their families in the mountains and villages of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It made we think that this may be a war that cannot be won.
Informative; direct; revealing
Personal information of his life from toddler to completion of college.
The format of the story of UBL assassination was well presented with the first chapter opening the story of the event with their helo riding to UBL; than jumping back to his childhood and taking us forward to the helo riding.
Probably not, the story line was a bit thin. About eighty five percent of the book was fluff,
The narrator was on point, from describing Owen's childhood in AK to his near death right in the helo. Absolutely humanized the experience.
Mark Owen--he was a humble guy who wanted to push himself to his potential, asking for help, establishing routines that made it stick, knowing his place and loyal to a T.
Taking Down the Most Wanted Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD)
Became a fan of Seals, after reading Lone Survivor. As a retired Army member, these stories hit home and make you cry out for the sacrifice, bravery, and loyalty these men put out, for something bigger than themselves. A bigger fan than ever!
This is a great book and I would listen to it again if the publisher would have included a PDF with the photos and diagrams that are in the book. With out those I don't think I would get more out of a second listen. So great Job to Author,writer, narrator and a C- to the publisher for leaving out key material
Mark told his story with out telling anthing to the public or enemy. Thank you Mark.
I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I was lead on his life long journey and discovered how infallible and dauntless to the core he was. How commanding his superiors were. All the way to the end when they "thought" were going to crash in the helicopter.
I appreciated the insight to the strong influence, the "life lessons" he took from his family and in particular, his father.
In the end, his humbleness and approach-ability surprised me.
Wonderful narration and fast-paced story. Despite all the 'controversy' of it giving secrets, that's just the Defense Dept making much ado about nothing. He goes into why he wanted to be a SEAL and all the hard work they do. His fellow SEALS are also charmingly portrayed. He also, rightfully, explains the reason he didn't go through traditional military channels before publishing is because he was afraid some higher-ups would want to change things to make themselves look better. He wanted his accounted to be as accurate as he could possibly make it.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
The raw images of tests, practice, practice and pain
The voice was good, emotion heard, excitement edged
The one who did not get away
Yes. Excellent story how the author got from enlisting, to the mission that got Bin Laden.
The details of the assault as can be told only by someone who was there. Also, it was just another day at work for the author and his teammates.
I don't think I've listened to any of Holter's other books. I'm not sure I want to. His voice tails off too often at the end of sentences. That makes it hard to hear or understand the narrative while driving my car, with windows open. I do easily 95% of my listening in the car, so that was a problem for me. However, I buy books for what they are, not by who is narrating.
The only reaction I had was being extremely proud of our intelligence efforts and the US Navy SEALS who's team efforts removed this cancer of society from the face of the earth.
If the author revealed trade or operational secrets in the book I sure don't know what they were. I don't understand what all the negative press was all about when the book was released. I enjoyed listening and may well buy the paper copy to read again.