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.
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I was asked by my cousin from Hot Springs to read this story. I bought it immediately on Audible and started listening that evening and couldn't stop listening. Remarkable true story about a young man who went through one hell of a life to make him become who he was with the help of God behind him all the way. He became a man, hero, true warrior, and Fearless. A friend to all and loved, respected, trusted and we have the privelege to read about him in this book. Insight into his family and how they were there for him always was written well, I felt like I was there. Listened while driving and had to pull over a few times. Recommend this book highly.
Inspiring, moving, heartwrenching
Adam Brown's will to overcome
I loved the whole story
I teared up several times and laughed a few times too
Read this book
Profesionl, hard working woman who travels weekly, enjoys life. My best Friends are Michael and Scooter. Nonfiction books are the best!
I will admit I cried many times and never wanted this book to end. I wish there was a way to thank Adam and his wife and children for their sacrifises! They gave so much for all of us to be free. I will never forget this story
you'll get lost in this book. set aside some time for this one. you'll learn about a drug addict, an american, a hero. this book reminded me of all my short-comings and failures, and urges me to shoot as high as i can.
This is a biography of a young man whose life was dedicated to the USA, and all that it stands for. His remarkable life, with its downs and ups, are a testament to faith in a loving God!
A great story about a true American Hero. I'm a firefighter and a SWAT Medic and always thought i was pretty tough but am humbled by this story...all the more so because of the times it brought me almost to tears.
The author and narrator put together a great version of this piece. Made it more personal.
Adam Brown. Courage. Honor. Commitment. No Quit.....
personal emotions put into his narration.
The story! The fall, rise and struggle of Adam Brown against STAGGERING odds shows a man who went out a winner, patriot(and that is a title you have to EARN) and hero to anyone who has ever fallen but never quit getting back up!
The Last Lion by William Manchester on the life of Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill had many failures in life but none personally more painful to him than his Gallipoli Campaign during WWI when he headed the Admiralty. After the crushing, costly defeat, which many thought would end his career he resolved that if he could not end the war he would shoulder a rifle and serve with the soldiers he had tried to save. So he went to Flanders with a Scottish Brigade and saw action. That was the character of the man and his resolve to "never ever quit" makes me think of the Seals.
Smooth, easy to the ear but his "women and kids" voice is the same and a little silly.
I had a stepbrother who struggled with serious drug and alcohol addictions his entire adult life only sobering up literally the last 5 years. The young adult life of Adam Brown is a painful story repeated everywhere but doesn't have the sad and tragic ending of most addicts. We all end, You have no say when you go and usually not how, You only chose how you live. Adam Brown's life is a life of guts and heart that moved me deeply.
Every American (including our leaders) should read this book of an amazing man that overcame much to then give his all to his country. Thanks to his family for allowing his story to be told - I thank you for what your husband, father and son did for me and mine.
Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!
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.
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This is an amazing story of an amazing man and his family. If your looking for something to inspire you look no further. This story of a man with a "can do" attitude will stay with me for life. The strength of his family and wife just adds to the story.. If that wasn't enough you get to see a glimpse of the brotherhood, which is the Naval Seals. Full credit to everyone involved and respect to all. Please don't forget when reading this, that this actually happened.... Thank you for telling this great story.
"A story about an amazing person."
It's easy to eulogise a person, especially when they are a celebrity. This book has been such an amazing experience to both read (on the Kindle) and to listen to as an audiobook. The narration is great with different and distinctive accents (but in no way off putting) to portray Adam and all who knew him. One reviewer I have come across recently (I can't remember where), states that the book will change the way you look at things. The reviewer I believe was a veteran Green Beret. All I can say is that this book has made a massive impression on me. The biography deals with a man who had to fight his own worst demons that included cocaine addiction and personal social challenges of fitting in socially in his university years. The extent of his addiction was extreme and yet the story exemplifies that his family and faith (he was a Christian) could make him achieve anything. He joined the navy and eventually passed the US Navy DEVGRU (Seal Team 6) selection with a crippled hand and only one functional eye- that is just difficult to grasp. This is a human story of a person who relied on his faith and family to thrive and do his best despite a permanent biological addiction to drugs and multiple injuries of a long spanning service career. You find out he does manage to cope with his issues and still excel in being both a family man and a tier-1 special forces sailor. The resounding message was that he never quit anything that he set his mind to. He was tasked to kill and yet he had shown compassion to his friends (saving his best mate from a gun shot wound) and to the children and women in the war zones he fought in. One touching chapter in the story relates to how when he was on mission, instead of asking for his wife to send him a 'goody' box, he instead requested that she and his family buy children's shoes as the Afghan children would have had cold feet from the snowy weather. I think that the story will appeal to both men and women. I hope you find this helpful. H
"Like pulling teeth"
If you like being preached to by a christian audio book then this is for you. Everything is gods will, even the drug addiction. oh dear, oh deary me
Scott Jurek the ultra marathon runner
If like me you saw this book and thought it was going to be an insight into one mans remarkable achievements then think again. You can just skip cd 1, 4 hours of poor boy done good sob story)
Its preachy beyond belief (produced on Christian audio)
It took more will power to listen to it than it did the Navy Seal to fumble through his life.
Remove all of CD 1 and a big part of Cd 2. The 8 hour audiobook could have gone into 1-2 hours max
I cant get my time back wasted listening to this
"Heartbreaking story of a brave man"
The story behind a brave man who conquered his own demons and shows that the military can change your life for the good. But only if you want it too
Yes a good story teller and doesn't try to be to technical.
Very good job, some narrators can make all the difference this man does and keeps you listening and doesn't, put you to sleep
Well I ain't going to join the Seals if thats what you mean.
I can not recommend this audio-book enough!
It is an incredibly inspiring gut wrenching tale of one of life's true heroes.
I actually woke up the morning after finishing the book, with a real feeling of bereavement for Adam. I listened to this after finishing Chris Kyles "American Sniper", which left me not thinking very highly of The SEALS and quite frankly it confirmed to me why America gets such a bad rep overseas. However this book completely pulled it around, it's a real 10/10.
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