This is by far the best audiobook I have experienced.
The ability of the narrator to take you into the scenes and make you feel part of every moment these guys experienced, was intriguing. It is hard to put into words how the author and narrator made you feel like you knew these guys and were right there during their darkest moments. It was bone chilling and heart wrenching.
Rob Shapiro did an outstanding job narrating this book. His voice was calm and yet it felt as if his sensitivity to the material was so thoughtfully handled as he caressed each word in honor of each and every soldier in the book.
I will have to say that from the beginning of the book to the very last page moved me and many times I cried so hard it hurt, I laughed at their jokes and whit at the most inappropriate moments and I got angry at how these guys were put in such a ridiculous place and yet no one in the upper echelons of the Army would make the necessary changes, especially when all the money was being fed to the war in Iraq.
There are many moments that will stay with me in this book, forever. The loss of the brave soldiers who fought so vigilently and died for thier country. The courage of each and every one of the troops who served in each of the Outposts, especially Keating. The entire book from beginning to end impacted me and makes me angry how our media has just blown over this war from the very beginning and only gave notice to what was happening in Iraq or even what Paris Hilton was doing.
The final battle moved me the most as well as the fate of Faulkner, who like me, is a North Carolina native. That tore me apart.
What have we learned from this war and what have we sacrificed? Will it be in vain? Would it have been different had Bush put more resources into eliminating the same bad guys who attacked us on 9/11 and not put so much emphasis into Iraq, what the heck was he and Rumsfeld thinking? If these guys had of had the manpower and airpower they needed, would the outcome have been different? Had the Generals in the Army given more energy into listening to the concerns and needs of these guys at each of the Outposts, especially COP Keating, would things have turned out differently? Would the guys who died in each of the attacks had a different outcome and still be alive. Had the VA been more staffed to handle PTSD and TBI's, would Faulkner still be alive.
A complete list of failures our Government committed in this tragedy should never be forgotten and I have to give it to Obama, he really has shown me a different side that I did not know existed. Additionally, rewarding the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha this year was a nice end to such a tragic day.
Depth of the author's research and amount of detail he includes in the book.
Reads like something Barry Eisler or Lee Child might have written as fiction
Yes, but it is too long to do so. Took me a couple weeks to get through it.
Well worth the money and the time spent reading it. I'm just really upset that the events in the book actually happened. Hard to believe our military would do that to our own people.
I started this thinking it would be gripping, interesting and a learning experience. I quit it after hearing the endless accounts of how the soldiers are maimed, unable to be attended in a timely manner, and about the idiocy of the management of the military from the top down. I saw the young man receive the President's medal of honor recently and felt it was my duty to see the tale to the end since this young man was in the same area the book details. I have now had all I can possibly stand of this account of a hater that hates the military and all that it represents, the details of the blood and guts, the monotone reader and wish I had the time back I have invested.
Very informative story
The final battle for COP Keating
The story made me feel as thought I was stantioned at the COP from start to finish
I was in Afghanistan from 06-08. The culture of the Army is "I will fight were I am told to fight, and I will win where I fight" and Afghanistan tested that culture and expounded on why it doesn’t always benefit the Soldiers.
I'm not sure if someone who wasn't there would understand some of the underlying themes in this book. If you are listening to the book for the battles or for an understanding of how we fought the war, this is a pretty good account. However, if you experienced the war, it will just validate how under manned and under resourced we were. I personally got sick to my stomach listening to this book but it was a rewarding experience at the end.
This book on our troops fighting in Afghanistan stands out among most of the war history books I've read. The author's research is phenomenal and his attention to detail is appreciated. From politics to battle scenes to families morning the loss of loved ones, this book tells all and doesn't hold much back. The book will move you in some fashion.
Yes, I would listen to this again. It's a very complex and interesting story of brave men and women willing to sacrifice for there country. This novel is also great at understanding the cultural differences and how our soldiers tried to win this war.
Book almost reads like fiction, very interesting and easy to get into. The stories of family and friends finding out someone has died was heartbreaking, but necessary. I feel I understand at least a little of how these guys have suffered for this country.
He has a very conversational style about how he reads the book. I can imagine the soldier standing in front of me repeating what he has said.
The lengths we went to to avoid fighting with the afghans, counterinsurgency, etc.
Very emotional in two words.
It made me feel as if I was there.
There was not a favorite per se.
Everyone should read this book and everyone should be donating or volunteering for a group that does something for our active military and for our veterans.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
The Outpost is a heartbreaking chronicle of the rotation of soldiers asked to oversee an underfunded, often thankless mission. The goal was to expand the U.S. Army's reach into the remote northeastern Nuristan Province, where insurgents were streaming in from the Pakistan border. But even at the onset, it was clear to those involved that the outpost was one step short of a death trap, situated at the bottom of a valley with difficult access by air and road.
The narration was superb, and the story (after awhile) seemed to blend together. Personal stories of the soldiers, only to eventually find out their common fate.
It was nice to not have to read another Special Forces, Navy Seal, Delta Force etc. self absorbed book. With those books, a common theme surfaces and it ends up being a self love fest of how great they think they are. These guys are REGULAR SOLDIERS, which are the majority of the American military. This is a close look to what life is like for enlisted soldiers (and a few good officers) who scrub toilets in the morning, and fight battles in the evening.
Tapper writes with a journalistic approach, as if you're reading a long article in Newsweek for example.
This is one of the better books out there on the Afghan War, and if you're interested in further reading, definitely check out "Outlaw Platoon."
I would definitely listen to this again. The heroic and heartbreaking story of these brave and determined Soldiers is gripping and emotional and reminds me that the US Soldier is the most capable, flexible, and resilient Soldier in the world. I was in Jalalabad, working for the brigade 3-61 CAV fell under when all this went down, and I can tell you that the story treated all of the Officers and Enlisted men of the Brigade/Squadron/Troops/Platoon very fairly.
The history behind the creation of the outpost is compelling, as are the men and women who were involved. I was fascinated as the local dynamics shifted with each new unit. Then, when the final battle was told, I found myself sitting in my driveway for long periods of time with this book on the radio. I just couldn't tear myself away.
I cannot point out one single person as my favorite in the story. So many of the Soldiers were distinctive, with functions and personalities that were fascinating.
Overall, Rob Shapiro was uninspired in his reading. Much of the time, he either sounded tired or bored. If the story wasn't so very gripping, I'd have had to put the book aside.
For the story, yes. For the reader, no.
Watch out as this book is laced with a thinly disguised political agenda, so much so that it is distracting from the actual story of the Heroes. I'm not one who likes to have the story of Soldiers used for personal agenda - using their words out of context for political motives. But get by that and the story is incredible, and well told.