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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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    Michael United States 10-07-13
    Michael United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Absolutely Fantastic!!!"
    Where does Lone Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a top 10 story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Details of SEAL training.


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

    No


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

    Last moments of the battle when they had to jump off a cliff to survive!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this story.

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    Brad Tampa, FL, United States 09-06-13
    Brad Tampa, FL, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book makes me proud to be an American. The story is told without fluff and buff, it's pure and straight from the heart. I must read/listen to anybody who wants to know what true sacrifice is all about.


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    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 08-16-13
    Lee Ann Fairfield, CA, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

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

    Yes! I usually listen during my evening commute and I changed habit and listened both ways. Very engaging...


    Any additional comments?

    Every lawmaker, from both sides of the aisle, should be forced to read this book, twice. Maybe they would rethink the ROE's that these guys have to live (and die) by.

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    Tyler MONROE, NC, United States 08-02-13
    Tyler MONROE, NC, United States 08-02-13
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    An excellent account and gripping story of "Operation Redwing". Mr. Luttrell is a loyal Patriot, Hero and Christian. If your reverence for those in the Armed Forces and their willingness to protect everything we Americans know and love is not solidified even more after finishing this book, you have in fact missed out. Definitely one of the best books ever!!!

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    Christopher dingmans ferry, PA, United States 06-24-13
    Christopher dingmans ferry, PA, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent, heart wrenching, non stop action"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most detailed account I've ever read of what it takes to be a Navy SEAL.


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

    If you don't get choked up reading this book you have no soul.


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    Robert Stafford, VA, United States 05-31-13
    Robert Stafford, VA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Incredible story of determination, loss and perspective. The portion dealing with the town of Pashtun villagers was a never before seen (for me) view into the lives of regular people who are trying to go about their lives herding and farming while a war is waged around them.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I've always been interested in the subject matter and I prefer it from the first person's perspective and from real-life experience rather than fiction.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The stories, as they go from one point to another are brilliantly expressed. His portrayal of the SEAL Instructors was terrifying to a layman. I found myself not wanting to run across a sand dune again!


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I had two serious problems with the book and it's contents, overall. First, his immediate tendency to blame nearly everything that went wrong on the liberal media and the American liberals that prevent him from doing some things during battle. American liberals and the liberal media did not write the Geneva Conventions' international laws for the humanitarian treatment of combatants of war. Executing unarmed herdsmen is an international crime, not an American or liberal one. I understand the consequences of what happened afterward but liberals didn't make those laws. Second, his constant references to how God kept him alive and continued to give him his weapon are hypocrisy when compared to the language of the book, his thoughts on killing unarmed civilians and the fact that no one's God can protect them in war. I'll ignore the part where the US Government denies that the force that attacked the SEALS was greater than 40 just because no one really knows.


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    Good book but I found myself being disgusted at each mention of liberal media, American liberals and God. It was all a bit much for me and ruined an otherwise completely compelling story of bravery and compassion. Fantastic story but....

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    D. Moring Montana 05-28-13
    D. Moring Montana 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    This is the most incredible story I have ever heard. Inspiring doesn't even come close to describing this book. In my opinion, this book should sit next to the bible in every home in America. I dare anyone to read/listen to this book and not shed a tear. The valiant actions of the 4 SEALs involved in Operation Redwing are shining examples of the dedication of our military.

    Needless to say, I highly recommend this book. A definite must-read.

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    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-10-13
    mike Barrie, Ontario, Canada 04-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "simple..thanks to guys like these,we have freedom!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lone Survivor to be better than the print version?

    yes...this was my first audio book & as a truck driver it made me look forward to going to work!!!!


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

    the fight


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

    markest


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

    the hills of the talban


    Any additional comments?

    wow

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    Drew Portland, TN, United States 04-10-13
    Drew Portland, TN, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    This is truly one of the best books I've listened to. It should be required reading for High School graduates. The ONLY negative is some strong language, but it is very understandable for the conditions these heroes faced. At times I found myself laughing and on many occasions I was in tears as I related to the Marcus's family.

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    Adam sunland, CA, United States 04-06-13
    Adam sunland, CA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing short of amazing."
    What did you love best about Lone Survivor?

    The story was absolutely amazing, there were many moments where I caught myself fighting back tears. The book was beautifully written, and narrated perfectly.


    What about Kevin Collins’s performance did you like?

    He was able to properly communicate the full range of the emotions in the story. I felt as if the author himself was reading the story.


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

    I ended up sitting in my truck for 6 hours straight listening to the book. Then spent my whole day off listening to the rest of it. Nothing short of amazing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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