For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments....
From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.
No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden's death, is an essential piece of modern history. In No Easy Day, Owen also takes listeners onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military.
Owen's story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs' quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.
In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves listenres with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.
©2012 Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
gives some enlightenment into what special ops have to go through. The writer talks about everything from the mundane paperwork that bogs down missions, to what it takes to be a navy seal to the anticipation of a good mission to the lost of a friend and commrade. You can take the book for what its worth. Maybe it was spot on, maybe embelished abit. My grandfather fought in WW2 and had lots of stories. Im sure not all were 100% acurate, you tend to believe things slightly different than
the person next you. But all in all this was a fantastic read. Very glad i read it.
"No Easy Day" is a no-BS account of the mission that brought one of the world's most reviled terrorists to justice. Engagingly narrated by Holter Graham, the book is short, to-the-point and hasn't a shred of self-aggrandizement.
From Owen's training to make it to DEVGRU (formerly known as SEAL Team 6), early missions as a member of that elite SEAL force, to the climax of Operation Neptune Spear, this is a remarkable firsthand account. At times I had to remember that I was listening to a true story that was as factual as possible from a real SEAL who was there. Some of the events are hard to believe, and make a larger impact because of that fact.
The story is told matter-of-factly with no chest-beating. These were simply men who had a mission to complete and did so as professionally as possible. An engaging read, do yourself a favour and see how the top soldiers do their job: listen to this book.
I had read a lot about this book in the news and had conflicting thoughts about reading it. Part of me felt that it wasn't approached properly in regards to getting clearance from the government. It also felt like it was too quick to market and that someone was just trying to make a buck.
Nonetheless, I used one of my credits and ended up thoroughly enjoying the book. It was well narrated and the story had the right combination of detail and story line to keep it moving. It reiterates a lot of the same SEAL training that I have read elsewhere but provides enough of a unique single person context to make it interesting. The portion in regards to the raid is a little difficult to follow but was exciting to listen to. Great narrative of what purportedly went on that night.
Overall well worth the 1 credit.
Very interesting book but probably best experienced as an airport paperback rather than an audiobook. The performance is fine and the story is compelling, but this short book (approx. 6hrs) is less engaging in audio format than many other audio books I have experienced. It's still engaging, but my reaction was that this would be a better airport thriller than an audiobook.
The first 5 hours are about the authors life, not the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Took too long to get to the part I wanted to hear about.
There's not a lot of meat to this book. It was an easy listen and not "bad" but there's not a whole lot to it.
I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.
Although this book is titled, "No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," it is much more than that day. This is both a blessing and a curse.
First, I want to explain why I think it was a bit of a curse. For many readers, I suspect that they want to know only the details of the very day that Bin Laden was killed. This book includes a tremendous amount of background information not only about what led up to that day, but also about the training that Navy Seals receive in general. While military enthusiasts will love all of that background, I am unsure if the typical reader will be as interested. The actual day that Bin Laden was killed makes up very, very little of the book. I understand that the author couldn't really write, "We saw him and shot him" and call it a book. Even so, to call this book, "No Easy Day" is a bit of a stretch; it's not about a single day. For those of you who want to know just about the day that Bin Laden was killed, this book might be too much for you.
On the other hand, I personally found all of the other information a blessing. I enjoyed reading about how the Navy Seals train. I found it fascinating to learn about some of the history associated with the Seals. I also greatly appreciated learning some of the terminology used by the Seals. For me, this book was not only about killing Bin Laden; it was a view into the minds of the people who train to protect the citizens of the US (and the world) on a daily basis. It made me feel incredibly thankful for their bravery and hard work. I suspect that they never have an "Easy Day." Maybe that's the point of the book's title. If anyone truly thinks that the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden was only one day, that person would be sorely mistaken. The history, the training, and everything else described by the author is what made this mission--and this book--a success.
Yes, it is factual and first person and entertaining as well. I enjoyed the backstore parts as well.
The author's character. He came across as honest and sincere
The author's character. The narrator slipped into the part so well it seemed as if he was the author.
Yes, it was. I do alot of long-distance driving and listening really helps to pass the time. Narration was excellent!
The main character because he was easy to follow and, being former Special Operations myself, I could easily relate to him. I can tell that he was factual, honest and humble in his writing.
His ability to change his tone to reflect different people and situations at the appropriate time.
I enjoyed the entire book but I appreciated the authors comments at the end. He is a humble man and a true Special Operations Professional.
Having spent 20 years as an Army Green Beret, it's pretty easy to separate the B.S. and the blow-hards from the real deal. This book tells the truth using terms that made me feel like I was back on a team again.
This was an interesting book that details the mission that took out OBL. It is quick paced, lacks political bias and tells the story of our finest operator's doing what they love to do.
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