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Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown | [Eric Blehm]

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Nonfiction, 2013

Fearless takes you deep into SEAL Team SIX and straight to the heart of one of its most legendary operators.

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, “I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me.”

Long before Adam Brown became a member of the elite SEAL Team SIX - the counterterrorism unit that took down Osama bin Laden - he was a fun-loving country boy from Hot Springs, Arkansas, whose greatest goal had been to wear his high school’s football jersey. An undersized daredevil, prone to jumping off roofs into trees and off bridges into lakes, Adam was a kid who broke his own bones but would never break a promise to his parents.

But after high school, Adam fell in with the wrong crowd, and his family watched as his appetite for risk dragged him into a downward spiral that eventually landed him in jail. Battling his inner demons on a last-chance road to redemption, Adam had one goal: to become the best of the best - a US Navy SEAL.

An absorbing chronicle of heroism and humanity, Fearless presents an indelible portrait of a highly trained warrior who would enter a village with weapons in hand to hunt terrorists, only to come back the next day with an armload of shoes and meals for local children. It is a deeply personal, revealing glimpse inside the SEAL Team SIX brotherhood that also shows how these elite operators live out the rest of their lives, away from danger, as husbands, fathers and friends.

Fearless is the story of a man of extremes, whose courage and determination was fueled by faith, family, and the love of a woman. It’s about a man who waged a war against his own worst impulses and persevered to reach the top tier of the US military. Always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous assignments, Adam’s final act of bravery led to the ultimate sacrifice.

Adam Brown was a devoted man who was an unlikely hero but a true warrior, described by all who knew him as fearless.

©2012 eChristian Inc. (P)2012 eChristian Inc.

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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-15-13
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Nothing can take my Spirit from Me"

    I listened to the audible of Mark Owens and Kevin Maurer's "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama bin Laden" (2012) shortly after it came out. I liked the book well enough to rate it 5's - it was really great to hear about that mission from someone who was there. I went back and reread my review (which was lackluster and not well received) and realized what I wasn't saying in that review was that I didn't like 'Mark Owens' and I thought it was a "me, me, me" story. There had to be more to being a SEAL than that - and this is the book that shows there is.

    "Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown" (2012) is the story of a flawed, heroic man who was genuinely admirable and truly loved. I'm not sure 'Mark Owens' has a conscience. I am certain Adam did. Adam was the kind of kid who stood up to a bully in middle school who was picking on Down Syndrome kid, and packed his rucksack with shoes for children in Afghanistan so they wouldn't have to endure winter barefoot. No one told him he had to do either - he was just that kind of person.

    Adam wasn't always heroic. He was a crack addict with 11 felony arrests, spent a long stint in rehab, and relapsed several times. He enlisted in the Navy at 24, and worked with determination to ascend to DEVGRU, and was the best of the best. Adam overcame severe injuries that could have let him retire on full disability - he crushed his right fingers and lost his right eye, but he still passed all of the qualifications tests and reached the pinnacle of his profession.

    "Fearless" was published by The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, and the audio production is by Christian Audio. I was worried that this was going to be a preachy "you should" book, or a tale of unsupported faith. I almost didn't listen - but I remembered that Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption" (2010) had an important spiritual element for Louis Zamperini. Adam Brown's faith, and his family's faith, love and support were even more essential to him than his M4 Carbine.

    Even though I knew how Adam's story ended - author Eric Blehm tells of Adam's death at the beginning - I so wanted Adam to live for his beloved wife, Kelley, and adored children, Nathan and Savannah.

    Listening to narrator Paul Michael was like listening to a favorite uncle telling a well-loved family story after Thanksgiving dinner.

    There's a bonus at the end - an interview with the author. That's heart wrenching, too, because of the loss of so many of Adam's SEAL team members.

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    62 of 73 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Orr 01-29-14
    Scott Orr 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "The journey of a crack head to seal ... Amazing!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, Makes you look at your personal issues as non issues


    What did you like best about this story?

    His pursuit to not let his family down even after falling down.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    cant say its all good


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Example of Growth!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-22-13
    Niel CEDAR HILLS, UT, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Moving, powerful, Inspiring, Emotional"

    To put it simply, I've listened to over 100 books on audible. This book jumped immediately to my 3-5 favorites. The honesty and emotion with which the story of Adam Brown is told is astonishing, but more than that, Adam Brown is one of the most genuine, flawed, brave, determined subjects of a book you could find. It is his flaws which make the story so powerful.

    His battle with addiction was so moving, that I found myself emotionally drained each time he would fall back into his drugs of choice. I finished this book on the freeway with tears running down my cheeks.

    The author is fantastic because he tells the story with great depth and heartfelt emotion, but doesn't get in the way of the story. It's a story of family, recovery, heroism, bravery, and of real people doing accomplishing amazing tasks.

    I couldn't recommend this book more highly, especially to anyone who has battled through trials in their life (who hasn't).

    I was a better person for having read about Adam Brown, and that's the highest praise I can give a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cara 11-21-13
    Cara 11-21-13
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    "Just amazing......"

    This is probably one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. I couldn't stop listening. Just a simply amazing story about a fearless soldier but loving, compassionate family man. The narration was perfect as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 04-23-13
    Angela 04-23-13
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    "A REAL hero and role model!"
    Any additional comments?

    One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. A true story of personal struggle, pain, and in possible odds that Adam Brown was able to overcome with the support of his family, his incredible wife and his faith in Christ. A true American Hero.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David 04-16-13
    David 04-16-13
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    "A magnificent story about humility and courage!!!"

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-02-13
    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012

    "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

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    Where does Fearless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably one of the most inspiring books I have listened to. It is an amazing story that makes you want to be a better person.


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    michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 07-06-12
    michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 07-06-12
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    Where does Fearless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    "Feerless" ranks in the top five books...


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was real...no fiction here....just an American Hero, his family, friends and GOD>>>


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    His performance possesses feeling commensurate with the story line.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me!


    Any additional comments?

    As a former Marine NCO, I believe this book should be mandatory reading for all non-commissioned officers in he military...Every military chaplain should offer this book for reading to those personnel who are battling depression and demons....

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Billing 02-08-15 Member Since 2014
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    what a powerful story touched me like no other book has. Eric Blehm did a beautiful job with the whole book from begining to end.

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    Tara Washington, USA 03-14-14
    Tara Washington, USA 03-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm a pragmatist & avid reader. I work full time+ so audiobooks = time to read. I'm an amateur author. I appreciate the art of writing.

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    "To know the SEAL you must know the MAN."

    Introduction
    I am an avid audio books listener (Audible) and always keep a full library of books queued up to listen to so I can move right from one to the next. I purchased Fearless back in November of last year (11/12/2013). I don't usually migrate toward military themed books, this is the first I've read in years and I couldn't even tell you what the last one was. But when I saw this one, I felt a pull and knew that it was something that, even though I didn't really want to read it, I knew that I should. Like most books I purchase for this reason, I avoided it, never feeling like I was "in the mood" to start it up. Boy was I mistaken.

    The Beginning
    The first thing I noticed was that the book I was beginning had been produced by Christian Audio. I am spiritual myself, but having grown up with the "language", the phrases that much of the Christian community use left and right so much that they have lost their meaning ("saved", "moved to...", "voice of God", etc. etc.), I usually steer clear from clearly Christian material, feeling that much of the intent is lost in translation. While the book itself is not a "religious" one, the story certainly is. Never the less, I had the book and I was damn well going to read it.

    From the first sentences, I was pulled into the story. Because it was so fascinating? No. Because it started with a very clearly stated purpose - to understand the SEAL, you must first understand the man. You can't know how far someone has risen until you know how far they have first fallen. The story was not one of a Navy SEAL. It was the story of Adam Brown - the man.

    The Story
    What the story did, the way it was constructed, was pull you in. It made you feel like you knew Adam, his friends, his family, his town. The story was put together so as to make you feel like you were intimately a part of Adam's life, loved him like family, and appreciated his humanity. The writing, the story telling, was like you were sitting in a room with the people who knew him best and they were literally telling you about him and his life, from their unique perspectives. When you meet someone new, you form an idea of who they are in your head. Then as you hear things about them or stories about them from other people, that view begins to shift, and that is what this story feels like.

    The Middle
    The middle of the story, the transition from broken man to Navy SEAL, was by far my favorite part. Seeing someone so normal, so real, overcome extreme personal odds in order to succeed at the highest caliber one can. You admire his strength, his humility, his incredible tenderness, and moreover - his balance between SEAL and Husband & Father. It finds a piece of your soul and makes it say, "Hey, I could be something that matters too".

    The End
    You weren't left at the end with a generic "no one will ever truly know the number of lives that were touched" sort of an ending. You were left with quantifiable evidence in the way this man, just by living his life and always striving to be better, touched the lives of everyone he met. Including your own.

    Something I may have gotten that those who sit down and read the hard copy book may not have, was an interview with the author at the end. I usually listen to these when they are included, but sort of suffer through them since they all pretty much sound the same. I can't imagine this book being complete without that interview. I can't say much about it for fear that it would give away, what I feel, are some significant parts to the story. But I feel that interview really completed the work with proper closure.

    Overall
    I have read a lot of books. I've read a lot of good books. I haven't read many great books. This was by far the most incredible story. The story of a real man, with the most human and debilitating of flaws, who not only never let life get him down - but LIVED every second of his to the fullest, never missing out on anything.

    This story will make you want to do belly-flops off the high dive. Six times in a row.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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