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
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This was an absolutely amazing story about a group of true american patriots. Great speaker.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
Of all the narrators doing audiobooks this guy is the hands down the worst. It gets so irritating that I wonder if I can ever buy another audio book. Every word he ends with a period.
Like: "We. Started. The approach. To. Kandahar. The. Location. ...." you get the idea. For some reason he has to stop for a second after each word, so you expect the sentence to end. I tried four times to get into this story and each time I gave up wanting to delete the file.
I am a big fan of audiobooks, and I have told many people about the advantages of this format. But this is a bad example. Sorry to say, but it sucks.
The story might be OK but I'll never know, the narrator is so irritating I would rather... (fill in the worst thing you can think of here...) than listen to this.
I only wish you could leave NO stars on the performance level. One is waaaay too much.
Anybody looking for cartoon violence and fiction.
It was written by an English author based on unrecorded interviews of the SEAL involved. Then presented as the actual, first-hand experiences of Mr. Luttrell. The story gets more and more sensational as it goes on, culminating with 4 Seals fighting off hundreds of Taliban while jumping down the side of a mountain. The actual numbers involved in the ambush range from 6-30, with the lower end being more likely. This kind of dime-store novel exageration belittles the sacrifices and suffering that the SEALs endured during that ambush. And some of the scenes in the novel angered the families of those that were lost by presenting them as actually taking a vote on whether or not to execute unarmed civilians. On a whole, it would have been better if Mr. Robinson had not gotten involved in the writing at all. Failing that, presenting it as a first-hand account is questionable at best, and downright exploitative at worst. he should be ashamed of himself.
The description of BUDS training was nice, but with the other inaccuracies in the book, you have to wonder how many liberties the author took with it. Kevin Collins does an excellent job narrating it.
I bought this thinking it was a first-hand account. It got so cartoonish that I had to go look up the actual facts of the story. When I did, I saw how widely this book was panned by the military in general and SEALs in particular.
Say something about yourself!
It is always interesting to read about people who are the absolute best at what they do; people who can push themselves beyond what is possible for most of us. This is exactly that type of a read or listening experience.
This is a very personal preference, but I would have preferred a more neutral accent for the narration, though I will say the combination of a Texan accent and the constant railing against "liberals" did add authenticity.
The account was riveting and lacks nothing.There was nothing else I wanted to know.
As a mature, thinking individual from a more centrist, progressive ilk, perfectly capable of forming his own political opinions, I must say that the beginning of the book can truly grate on one's nerves with its incessant espousing of right-wing, oversimplified, geopolitical positions. This young man and his team represent the American military's best, they sacrificed their lives and comfort, and the account of what happened to them is absolutely riveting. Nevertheless, the first few chapters sound absolutely preachy, excessively folksy and homespun when they delve into detailing the geopolitical dynamics and intricacies of what has happened in the Gulf. This account is for people of all ideologies and points of view; the first 3 or 4 chapters however, are not. Enjoy the account, avoid the laughable oversimplification of the first three chapters.
Best? Hard to say, I guess the general perspective any SEAL biography gives. Least? Everything else. The voice actor is terrible. Completely over dramatizes the story. Because of this its hard to separate the reading from the content. The content did seem to focus an awful lot on the author's hard right wing agenda and less on the actual story. I love SEAL stories from all perspectives but please just stick to the story. Don't inundate me with your constant political criticisms to convince me that your personal views are right and all else is wrong. That's not story, that's being a pundit. Even on issues I would agree with him, it was really hard to listen to.
I love SEAL stories and biographies and I'll put up with just about anything to get the smallest scraps but I could not finish this book. I hate that because I've heard much about what a remarkable story Mr. Luttrell has to tell.
Even with help, the author is simply not a good writer. Its an interesting story, and I acknowledge that good non-fiction, first person war books are relatively rare, but The Forever War, Blackhawk Down, War (Sebastian Junger) show that it can be done. I almost stopped listening after the author states "I am not a political person"...after canonizing Donald Rumsfeld and GWB...using the word "liberal" like a Fox News Anchor...and concluding that empty truck boxes equal evidence of WMD's. I wish the author had left out the politics and told the story which I did find interesting and worthy of being told. Brave men doing an amazing job. Have to say however that, despite the author's views, I still concluded that we shouldn't simply eliminate the Rules of Engagement and trust in the judgment of 18-24 year olds in knowing the good guys from the bad guys and the best way to deal with them. History (including the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan) is replete with examples of that thinking causing the death of far more innocents than it saved, and I would have thought a student of military history (which the author seems to be) would acknowledge that fact.
the outstanding courage and brotherhood the 4 men showed... and fighting to the absolute end... there is nothing greater then an American soldier
Unbroken, unshaken brotherhood in the eyes of death... 4 Americans show what it is to be an American patriot.
i have recommended this book to so many people because of the amazing story it tells about the patriotism these men show. if you are a liberal, this book is not for you, because you do not understand the meaning of self sacrifice or any form of loyalty to anything.
14 hours of the author whining about the us liberal press. One persons account of a tragedy. One of the worst books I've ever listened to on Audible.
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