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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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    Jamie Dallas, TX, United States 03-13-14
    Jamie Dallas, TX, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story but overly biased and long winded"

    I wanted to read this book because so many people had told me how great it was. However, I must have been naive to expect the story to be written as a narrative versus as a sort of long conversation with the writer. The book is full of very far right Conservative, anti-Liberal rhetoric, which, these days, I'm getting a bit tired of all the political hate, from both sides. I understand that should maybe be expected from some military guys but I felt it severely distracted from the story. I appreciate and agree the sacrifice anyone in the military makes needs to be remembered, which is part of why I wanted to read the book. But the author so clearly expected the "liberal media" to criticize him that his criticism of the very far left Liberals (though he seemed to expect this of all liberals) and defense of his and the military's actions pervaded the entire book. I ended up being taken out of the story every time he would do this, even though I agree there are sometimes necessary evils and tough choices made in the time of war.

    It was interesting to hear about some of what the SEALs have to go through for training. However, this also felt more like Navy advertising versus being a part of the book. Yes, it was good to give the back story and idea of the mindset and personalities of the SEALs, but it was a little more than the first 1/3 of the book which just seemed unnecessary. It is amazing what Marcus Luttrell and his team went through and great to know there are people out there who will fight so hard to save a complete stranger, especially at high risk to themselves.

    The narrator really wasn't that great. He over enunciated every word and spoke just far too slowly. I listened to the entire audiobook at an accelerated speed. The first third at 2X speed and the part that was actually about the operation at about 1.5X and had absolutely no problem listening to the story. It helped the narration sound more normal, especially since, like I said, the book was written more as a conversation Marcus Luttrell was having with someone versus a retelling.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Washington, DC, United States 02-13-14
    Carl Washington, DC, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What? The narrator was great!"
    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    I usually pick on the narrators - This guy was great - I don't know why everyone is complaining - Did you expect Mark Wahlberg or what?


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

    I usually pick on the narrators - This guy was great - I don't know why everyone is complaining - Did you expect Mark Wahlberg or what?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I usually pick on the narrators - This guy was great - I don't know why everyone is complaining - Did you expect Mark Wahlberg or what?


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

    I usually pick on the narrators - This guy was great - I don't know why everyone is complaining - Did you expect Mark Wahlberg or what?


    Any additional comments?

    I usually pick on the narrators - This guy was great - I don't know why everyone is complaining - Did you expect Mark Wahlberg or what?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl D. Davidson FREMONT, CALIFORNIA 01-23-14
    Cheryl D. Davidson FREMONT, CALIFORNIA 01-23-14 Member Since 2014

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    What did you like best about Lone Survivor? What did you like least?

    wow...enough with how great the seals are. we get it. redundance...almost like a high school essay had to have minimum number of words and just kept saying the same thing about how great the seals were over and over and over again...argh


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick J. Mcnichols cincinnati, Oh 12-27-13
    Patrick J. Mcnichols cincinnati, Oh 12-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Could do with different narrator"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I didn't dislike him as much as some of the other reviewers but a lot of parts were over emphasized. The "Hooyah Instructor Reno" drove me insane though.


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

    When they announced to his mom that he was safe I got the ol "cutting onions" experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I really disliked the assumption that every "liberal" hates our troops and wants them all put in jail. I found it to be far off base and not true at all. Some people in this country are going to always dislike our armed forces, but to paint an entire group (if you can even call "liberals" that, as if people are all the same) with such a wide brush was annoying and small minded. All in all though this was a good book by an incredibly heroic man.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 03-22-14
    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 03-22-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Read before wasting your money..."

    I love war fiction and non-fiction so I purchased this on the strength of the reviews. What a mistake. The author is intellectually arrested in ninth grade or so and uses this story as his bully-pulpit. What a dolt. If you want to hear some idiot prattle on about killing terrorists, law be damned and in the next paragraph go on about god and Texas then maybe this is the book for you. The guy is like a cheer leader for all that is wrong with our country's approach to 9/11. There had to be smarter ways to wreck havoc and extract penalty. Really, this guy is an idiot. Perhaps that is what is needed in trained killers and that is fine just don't write books and try to make money off the situations if you have nothing intelligent to say.

    Short on action, long on simplistic bullshit. The narrator sounds like a high school kid who consumed too much coffee, which further ruins the experience. Really, take my advice and avoid this book as it is plain stupid.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pete Mypaycheck SE Michigan 01-04-14
    Pete Mypaycheck SE Michigan 01-04-14 Listener Since 2009
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Collins?

    Anybody. Mickey Mouse, perhaps? Bugs Bunny? His narration was so painful, that I couldn't get past the first hour of the audio book.


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

    Oh, Lord, no!!!!!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    NINA United States 08-29-12
    NINA United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing story of survival and courage!"
    Would you listen to Lone Survivor again? Why?

    Yes captivating and inspiring!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning somewhat of how the Navy Seals train and what it takes to become one. Also the truth about what the media puts the true soldiers through that are only trying to protect them and all of the American people.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    Great


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

    To Hell and Back


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 05-10-13 Member Since 2014

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    Truly a blockbuster of a story. I would definitely put this one on the "Don't Miss It" list.

    I had never heard of this story until I saw the synopsis on Audible and decided to give it a try due to the outstanding reviews. Add my review to the listeners who give this one an exceptional rating!!

    Not only does this book give the reader/listener a good basis for understanding what it takes to become a SEAL, it really hits a home run describing the relationships of the SEAL brotherhood and their undying love for each other and their Country.

    The book also takes some pretty good shots at the ultra-liberal hypocrites who are ruining this Country from top to bottom. I did find out that parts of the story and some of the factual troop accounts by Lutrell were challenged. However, when I researched it further, I found that the challenges came from liberals who were out to bad-mouth Lutrell due to the fact he was so critical of liberals hypocritically jeopardizing the safety of our soldiers in hostile areas around the world.

    The narrator does a fine job and I truly enjoyed the story from top to bottom, beginning to end.

    Overall, Highly Recommended!!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 04-19-15
    Chuck 04-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read on heroism."

    This story took place while I was in highschool. I certainly enjoyed listening to it because I think about what I was doing during the events depicted in the book.

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    joseph s. maddox 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    Retired USMC I openly cried numerous times great recount of the reason for that level of training.

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