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Darren B

Bowdoinham, Maine USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (215)

    With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep?

    Steven says: "Riveting and Relevant"
    "Capturing an Essence of the SEAL-building Process"
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    The SEAL selection process relies on a multitude of exhausting processes, physical and psychological. These processes are all designed to create a 'perfect storm' of value formation-- It Pays To Be A Winner. Couch leads us through these processes of 'Value Formation' as each SEAL 'wannabe' is being continually tested. There are as many 'breaking points' are there are SEAL candidates and Couch recognizes and offers respect for the honorable men pursuing the coveted SEAL Trident. The author cannot create a minute by minute physical experience of being Cold, Wet, and Sandy and convey that physicality to the reader He cannot create the impossibly bearable shivering that accompanies cold water immerision so many times in BUDs training ---and the attendant decline in the body's core temperature with the inherent compromise in physical and mental function. All of which is slowly and measureably eroding a trainee's will...to win.
    Couch provides as detailed an examination of the process as available. He, himself, has been through the training. He knows of what he speaks, and writes. If the reader / listener intends to explore the essence of the SEAL training process, to understand what unfolds in the day to day winnowing out of value formation; to understand a trainee must desire to WIN, at almost ANY cost in order to become a SEAL, The Warrior Elite by Dick Couch is your route to enlightenment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aloft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chang-rae Lee
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Aloft offers a reexamination of the American dream from the inside out. Jerry Battle's favorite diversion is to fly his small plane solo, slipping away for quick flights over his Long Island home or to the coastal towns of New England. Then a family crisis occurs, and Jerry finds he must face his disengagement in his relationships.

    Michelle says: "A Truly Wonderful Listening Experience"
    "A Battle for One's Life"
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    Jerry Battle approaches retirement, and, as his Life has been lived like this, almost, forever, he distances himself from the ever present, present. In turn, as often happens to everyone Life happens to touch, Jerry exercises the process of Living that he has exercised from The Beginning. Death, so narrow in it's focus, desires to claim yet another of Jerry's circle.
    The great Equaliser, Death is. Now, approaching Death, Jerry has begun (unbeknownst to himself) a process that offers redemption and renewal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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