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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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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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    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Amazon Customer United States 12-21-13
    Amazon Customer United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Unapologetic, God-fearing, American patriotism"

    Wow. I have no words to describe how amazing and awful this story was to listen to. Amazing because of the usually untold heroics of these silent warriors. Awful in the fact that they went through that experience. The book has very few, if any dull points. The story is well played out. The narrator, Kevin Collins, does an amazing job. So much so, I'm looking at other books he's narrated just to hear his excellent ability to tell stories.I could almost feel myself in some of the moments with U.S. Navy Seal Luttrell. I often felt deeply emotional about what he and his U.S. Navy Seal buddies went through. And I applaud the fact that he wants the world to know, not so much about him, but the ultimate sacrifice made by his colleagues, in the name of freedom. I also valued the unfiltered, unapologetic, God-fearing, pro-American manner in which the story is told. I appreciate Marcus Luttrell's love for God and country, especially in an increasingly PC-sensitive, American-hating world we're seeing more and more each day. God bless you Marcus and all your buddies who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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    J. Andrucyk Highland, MD 11-29-13
    J. Andrucyk Highland, MD 11-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book and narration!! Highly recommended"
    Where does Lone Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to or read. I'd heard a very brief introduction of Marcus' experience listening to American Sniper (another book that I really enjoyed) and wanted to know the rest of his/this story. I found the book to be enlightening, entertaining, and solemn at the same time. The commitment of the SEALs to their fellow warriors and their country is an inspiration to us all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lone Survivor?

    It's hard to pick an individual scene I found memorable... the beginning of the book, which covers the training and team formation is essential to set the stage for the rest of the book. Without that, the passion of the individuals and the team isn't readily understood. Once you get into the battle though, when the bullets started flying, the whole rest of the book was something that I'll never forget.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book I've heard that was narrated by Kevin Collins. Truth be told, I almost didn't "buy" this book because of the negative comments about his narration. Boy, were those comments wrong - and I'm glad I ignored them!! Kevin did a great job and I wouldn't hesitate to listen to any other book he narrates. He clearly conveyed the literal intent of each chapter and captured the emotional content - I readily understood what Marcus, his team (actually Mike's), and those around them were going through. This book was written exceptionally well AND the narration was excellent too.


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

    Nearing the end of the battle of Murphy's ridge when Danny, Mike, and Axe died. You knew it was going to happen, but hearing the full story, and of their heroism was was just amazing. I am in awe of these guys, what they do, how they do it, and what they stand for.


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    Christopher Clyde, NC, United States 11-20-13
    Christopher Clyde, NC, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Inspirational, Motivating, wonderful performance"
    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    I would listen to the book again to catch something I may have missed. I didn't know all of the acronyms.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus. His brutal honesty, positive and negative, was moving. His accurate depiction of the story was incredible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Marcus sat down with his Commanding Officer after being rescued.


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

    Honor without compromise.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first review of an audiobook after listening to fifty books. The book and performance were superb. I can not imagine how either could be improved.

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    Campby Texas 10-04-13
    Campby Texas 10-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Had to get the book, real book not this audio book"
    What did you like best about Lone Survivor? What did you like least?

    the story is good


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was terrible. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and you have to settle into the reader sometimes. I couldn't with this one. The reader over emphasizes every word. I really wanted to listen to this book but could not do it. I gave it a good two hours on different days and finally had to just stop it and buy the text version to read. (I don't get much of a chance to just read so gives you an idea of how hard I tried to stick with the Audio) I actually check the narrator on books now to make sure I don't get a book with this one again. I see he's narrated a few others so maybe this was just a bad one for him but I'm going to pass for now.


    Any additional comments?

    Would be great if it was narrated by someone else and someone should help the current one with his over dramatizing and elaborate pauses.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    oleg DALY CITY, CA, United States 09-18-13
    oleg DALY CITY, CA, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "As x warrior i have to tell that this is"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As x warrior i have to tell that this is incredible book and very well written . This is describe you really well what is a courage and scarifies , friendship and commitment to protect this incredible country .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lone Survivor?

    The phone call that one of the Seals made under fire to ask for help .


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Collins – was your favorite?

    The survival frog !


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It make me drop a few tears i not gonna lie .


    Any additional comments?

    Spatial tnx to Kevin Collins he definitely made it sounds very realistic and helped to imagine the story .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jvw NH 09-08-13
    jvw NH 09-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Joanne

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    "Great story - great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Lone Survivor the most enjoyable?

    True Story and the Narrator


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lone Survivor?

    His experience in Afghanistan and the loss of all of his friends and his strength and emotions.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Saint Paul, MN, United States 06-18-13
    Jason Saint Paul, MN, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Never Forget"
    Where does Lone Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    knowing it lets people at home know what our brave service members are willing to sacrifice so private citizens can have the freedoms they do back at home.


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

    the voices and accents really capture the characters well.


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

    NEVER EVER FORGET


    Any additional comments?

    I am only sorry this book needed to be written. I look forward to the movie version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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