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Lone Survivor Audiobook

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

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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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    Michael J Canning 01-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
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    Don't pay too much attention to the complaints about either the narrator or the author's conservative politics. The reader may bother some, but I listened to this book straight through over the course of several flights out west, and loved it -- the only time I took it out was literally at TSA. As for his political views - he is a Navy SEAL, from Texas, right? Seriously - the narration is fine, and the authors occasional politics asides are amusing and endearing even to a liberal like as me, Well worth the credit.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    docJ East Brunswick, NJ, United States 03-15-13
    docJ East Brunswick, NJ, United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    Where does Lone Survivor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read quite a few histoy/military history books so far, and this ranks right up there as one of the best tales to date. Dick Couch's 'Warrior Elite' edges this one out as the best so far, and I mention it becuae there is a relation betwen the two books. In this story, Marcus Latrell, USN SEAL, talks about his training with BUD/S class 228, the same class that Mr. Couch expertly documented in his book.

    The novel begins a bit slow, and the readers attempt at a 'texas good ole boy' accent is distracting, but once the story shifts to Operation Red Wing, the pace picks up. If you want to be inspired, truely inspired, then read this AND 'Warrior Elite'. Navy SEALS are not just the toughest, best trained fighting division in the world, they are also an ultra rare breed of men. Their stories are simply amazing.


    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Roswell, GA, United States 01-08-14
    Daniel Roswell, GA, United States 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book. Kevin Collins needs to take lessons."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it tells a great story of what happened during Operation Red Wings. However, there is a LOT of Navy recruiting going on during the book. I understand Marcus is proud, and rightfully so. But I can not help but wonder if during the editing by the Navy if it was recommended to amp up the bravado.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The fake Texas accent put on by Kevin Collins was horrible. I got use to it about a 1/3 of the way into the book. There were times when he was talking about his fellow Seals screaming out that Collins cocked it up pretty good. The dramatic flare in points was less than desirable.


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

    I listened to the book in 2 days. Once you got past the Seals training, which was necessary to understand the relationships, the actual story of Operation Red Wings was captivating.


    Any additional comments?

    On a personal note. What Marcus Lattrel and the rest of his Seal brothers endured and went through was saddening. There are highs and lows in the story and it makes you understand A. What it takes to be a Seal. B. What those heroes went through on the top on that mountain.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" North Potomac, MD, United States 07-12-15
    "unknown" North Potomac, MD, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2016

    The non-soccer mom

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    "Absolutely hated this book"

    I have never left such a review for a book, but I continually asked myself why in the world Ian finishing this. The narrator was insufferable. And while I thank Marcus Lutrell for his service and huge sacrifices, he is insufferable, too. He is beyond egotistical, unbelievably narcissistic and while he seems to want to believe he became a SEAL for this country, it is extremely obvious he did it to feed that enormous ego. His constant railing against the Liberals was also in hugely poor taste. Whatever your politics, his clear hatred for "the other side" is no healthier for this country than siding with any one belief. He took every single available opportunity to express his political beliefs and obvious blaming of the Liberal media and left for everything. I really wanted to like this book. And I wanted to respect Marcus. But he makes it impossible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JustBill 06-14-14
    JustBill 06-14-14
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    "This book should be a prerequisite for graduating"
    What did you love best about Lone Survivor?

    The unholy bond between these men is beyond a normal mans comprehension, but did learn that Dick Marcinko left a mindset, that the SEAL of today has taken to another plane.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I served in the US Navy, and for the first time cried while reading a book. It taught me that the Afghan people are not all terrorists, and that was a huge lesson learned.


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

    When the Afghan village took on the Taliban devils really moved me, but the downing of the Chinook made me ill, and the movie did this book justice, for the first time, that I know of.


    Any additional comments?

    The Spartons could not approach a USN SEAL, making them the greatest combat soldiers in the history of man kind. Loved the book, even though it was very emotional for me at times, as all us sailors are very proud of these special men.
    On a footnote though, their was a huge mistake in deciding to go ahead with the mission, but this showed the humanity coming to the surface with a US soldier, and that is the difference that make the SEALs, that more special, as they knew this mission was doomed when they let the Taliban goat herders go on their way.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 03-15-14
    Eric Schurr Boston, MA 03-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Nothing short of incredible"

    This book will rivet you and keep you dying to hear the next minute. Although the thrust of the story is about Luttrell's incredible experience in the Afghanistan mountains after being separate from this SEAL brethren after a brutal shootout with the Taliban, it's also about the preparation he underwent to be there. It's truly hard to believe what SEALs go through to be a SEAL. You not only have to be a rare physical specimen, but you have to also be a little mentally crazy. That is not a disparaging remark. You have to be able to withstand an impossible amount of suffering and abuse. You'll understand when you listen to the book.

    My only disappointment is with the narrator. He does a really good job, but at times he's just too *dramatic* in his verbalization. By the end of the book I grew a bit weary of his drama. But it's still really good and I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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    Dallas Scottsdale, Az, United States 11-05-12
    Dallas Scottsdale, Az, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2016

    Listen to the Authoritarians

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    "The worst reader on audible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The guy who reads this book, with his psycho-pathological over-enunciation of every word, is the most distracting, horrifying thing that could happen to an otherwise interesting book. How anyone could enjoy this is beyond me. I would honestly rather listen to a cute-voiced 5 year old read this than this clown. He's just soooooo terrible. Marcus, for the love of god, have it re-recorded by a normal person.


    How could the performance have been better?

    DIFFERENT READER!!!!!! Without the fake over-exaggerated accent. I can BARELY listen. I've heard amazing things about this book, which is the only reason I even trying to push through this nightmare reader.


    Could you see Lone Survivor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never buy any other book in which BOZO the psycho-pathological over-enunciator reads. It's just so unbelievably bad.

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    Doug 04-19-16
    Doug 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "narrated by Larry the Cable Guy breathing helium and imitating William Shatner on coke"

    Loved the book and movie. It's a great story. I got the audio version so I can listen to it again in the car. After about 15 minutes of listening to this 3rd year theater major who has clearly never been south of New Jersey do his best Texas accent, I was starting to think about swerving into oncoming traffic.
    I think instead of finishing the audio book, I'll give my 6 year old son a dollar to just read it to me.

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    frank 07-24-15
    frank 07-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding"

    I'm so glad this story was told. A lot of details were given in this true story.

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    Tim Alexander 07-21-15
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    "Thank you Marcus Luttrell for this account"

    Excellent detail. Saw the movie first, and was pleased to hear the actual events as they truly happened. As the father of two In service in the U.S. Army, my heart goes out to all that have lost friends and family in service of our country. F the liberal media.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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