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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 | [Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson]

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.
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Publisher's Summary

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates' heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

©2007 Marcus Luttrell (P)2012 Hachette

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    Jeff Waynesboro, PA, United States 12-14-12
    Jeff Waynesboro, PA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing story of courage and valor!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this book to a friend. It is heart wrenching and joyful at the same time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus is a legend in my eyes. I have known of his story for a while but never really understood what he went thru until I hear this book. Wow...


    What does Kevin Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was excellent. Each character was brought to life thru his words!


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

    The entire thing was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't want people to see you cry, listen to this in private.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    deborah hawkins, TX, United States 12-07-12
    deborah hawkins, TX, United States 12-07-12
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    "Absolutely the best!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

    This was absolutely the best book I've read/heard in a long long time. Really a wake up call!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sally Davis , nv United States 05-10-12
    Sally Davis , nv United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2004

    kk7io

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    "Love, love , love it!"

    Narration although different fit the dialogue perfectly. Loved the wry sense of humor. The beginning although similar to some other books laid an essential foundation for the meat of the story. I will listen to this more than once. Might not appeal to all but I loved it. Thanks to the author for sharing this, hope it helps.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Lawrence Greenville, SC 06-08-14
    Cliff Lawrence Greenville, SC 06-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Too Conservative and One Sided"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This book sounds like a recruiting advertisement for the Marines. There is no balance or appreciation for other viewpoints on why the US sent troops to Afghanistan. Unless you can handle multiple hours of what sounds like something off of Fox news, this isn't for you.


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    Hal Cronkite Berkeley, CA USA 02-16-14
    Hal Cronkite Berkeley, CA USA 02-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Love thyself"
    What disappointed you about Lone Survivor?

    I listened to about 30 pages and the guy told me how wonderful he is about 50 times. Boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He couldn't.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Lone Survivor?

    At least 80% of the self-aggrandizement.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana fayetteville, nc, United States 01-18-14
    Diana fayetteville, nc, United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Selfless service!"
    If you could sum up Lone Survivor in three words, what would they be?

    Heroic, patriots, all-giving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Expressive vows of love of family, brotherhood, and country.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to list.


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

    Same as my 3 word list.


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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 01-10-14
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 01-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story slightly tainted by "Liberals" rant"

    This guy has maybe earned the right to say whatever he wants to say and, yes, it is a free country because of folks like him.

    I'll take issue with his little rant about liberals though. He claimed that if he shot Osama he'd probably be put up on war crimes charges and condemned by the "Liberal Media."

    Of course, OBL was shot, right in the face, and the mainstream media didn't really get upset about it and only the fringe of the left had any issue with it. I'm liberal as hell and I celebrated the death of OBL just like any Texas red neck.

    We can love our country just as much as anyone else. The rant he made about liberals did put me off a bit.

    The narrator is a bit dramatic too, which I wasn't really fond of, but the story is what I got the book for.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Austin, TX, United States 01-10-14
    Edward Austin, TX, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2012

    Jack of all trades, but expert at none. Newest and lates adventure is learning to fly and rebuilding my business.

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    "Crazy good"

    Really sad story, but so crazy well written and read. I loved this book, makes me so proud to know that we have men like these fighting for us.

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    Joseph Warren Phoenix, AZ 01-06-14
    Joseph Warren Phoenix, AZ 01-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "How can a movie match internal dialog?"
    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    Yes. It's just good story telling. The old war chief by the fire place can not be beat. Everyone has something to learn from stories such as these.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus.. His cursing delivered both humor and honesty in a way no formality can do.


    What does Kevin Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He carries the tone well.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time.

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    Rick Portland, OR, United States 12-28-13
    Rick Portland, OR, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wanted to like this book - but its simply AWFUL"
    What would have made Lone Survivor better?

    Writer is WAY to full of himself, not a good writer, and just generally obnoxious. I know - he's a brave Navy Seal (which I admire and respect greatly), but geez, this author is just such a bloviator, and so certain that his view of the world is the only correct one. He's that guy at the party who insists on taking center stage, and thinks everyone is enthralled with his stories and jokes, when really everyone is just wanting to get away. I think this author not writing this book would have made it much better. The subject matter is compelling, but not from this writer. As a fellow Texan, his juvenile rants about the greatness and superiority of all things Texas is just tiring. Get over it - there's nothing magical about Texas. Its just another state with a lot of folks who have brainwashed themselves into thinking they are special.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this writer or reader.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin Collins’s performance?

    The reader seems to be shouting most of the way through. Maybe he was just frustrated to have to read such awful writing by this blowhard author.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not any that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, and while I am usually easy to please, this one is so bad that I am considering asking for my money back. Unless you just have to know about this particular Seal team, and this particular mission, etc. avoid avoid avoid. Sorry to have to write that, because I really wanted to like this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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