I have a big interest in Army rotary wing aviation, and I really enjoyed this book. The narrator isn't my favorite, and I've grown kind of tired of hearing books read by him. Also, there were a lot of words that were used too often in the book, so that everytime you heard them you thought to yourself "didn't the authors have a thesaurus handy?" Other than those two gripes, it was an excellent account of the 160th SOAR, and very interesting and in depth.
I loved this book. The author is the narrator, and although his voice isn't the greatest, I 5-starred the performance category because he's good enough, and it's always preferable to have the author read their own books.
This guy's perspective as a former humanitarian aid volunteer who then became a SEAL commander is very unique. His insights, derived from the unique prism of experience through which he observes things is very very interesting.
The first half of the book is about his life in general. And like all SEAL books this one seems to have the obligatory large section about BUDS, but this book is about this guy's life, instead of about something else, so it made more sense here.
I highly recommend this book.
I really liked this book. In it, there are snippets that were written by the author's wife. They are read by the narrator in the way that men speak when they are trying to impersonate a female's voice. This bugged me. I would have liked for there to have been a female narrator for those portions. Also, the author used the term "bada$$" at least a thousand times throughout the book. This got sort of old, but also gave the book a conversational feel. Like the guy was just sitting in front of you and giving it to you straight, instead of reading a book. Overall it worked, even though I'm usually annoyed by the overuse of individual words in a book. Oh, and like every other SEAL book, the first half of the thing is about BUDS... be warned.
This book was very good, but might not be enjoyed by those without enough base knowledge to understand the detailed level of explanation of tactics and terminology used in the book. The narrator was good, and I had no complaints about him at all. If you want a detailed history of the first unit of dedicated spec-ops "Operators", then this is definitely for you.
Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Some overuse of certain terms, and some military terms misread by a narrator who presumably doesn't have a lot of first hand knowledge of them was my only real gripe. Good book, for sure.
If you liked his first book, "Give Me a Break", then you are probably gonna really enjoy this one as well. Lots of specific examples, with great common sense logic based arguments. Plus, Stossel is his own narrator, and I enjoy the measured, even way he speaks, so that was another plus.
I've listened to "Lone Survivor", "The Heart and the Fist", and other books from this same genre, and although they describe actions taken by more 'elite' units, this book tops them. The narrator does a really good job, I love the way he reads it. The author's skill in word selection, and the way he paints word pictures, with interesting comparisons and analogies, really worked for me. Awesome book.
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