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No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden | [Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer]

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good - Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    Being able to listen anywhere, walking, driving, soccer game....


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found it very interesting all the training and secrecy of the Navy Seals...the writer did not give away any real details....but it was understood


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    ALL


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    Emerson Wichita, Kansas 10-08-12
    Emerson Wichita, Kansas 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing Glimpse into a Historic Event"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the narration made listening to No Easy Day pleasant and relaxing.


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

    This was my first opportunity to listen to Holter Graham's narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is excellent - it gives us a good glimpse into life in Special Forces, and the detail and planning that went into the capture of Osama Ben Ladin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 10-08-12
    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden"

    A very good book about the Seal team mission to take out Osama. It goes thru all the preparation necessary that led to those soldiers being involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zacchaeus Nifong Asheville, NC 10-08-12
    Zacchaeus Nifong Asheville, NC 10-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Decent Read"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden.


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

    No, I have not.


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

    Nothing stood out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID PIERREFONDS, QC, Canada 10-08-12
    DAVID PIERREFONDS, QC, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read!"
    Any additional comments?

    Enlightening..I was always curious about the mission, how it was planned and executed...now I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard United States 10-08-12
    Richard United States 10-08-12
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    "Well satisfied"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    No. I don't read or listen to books more than once


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    The killing of bin Ladin


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

    None of the above


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David La Mesa, CA, United States 10-08-12
    David La Mesa, CA, United States 10-08-12
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    "A story Americans needed to hear"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    I thought the Epilog said it all - the sacrifice and unselfishness that these young Americans make every day for our country.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Total book


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Keep strong America!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. B. Twomey Los Angeles, California 10-08-12
    C. B. Twomey Los Angeles, California 10-08-12
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    "A fascinating story, capably told"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    No, I got it the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    The extent of cynicism about political oversight, its processes and timidity.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Simple, "grounded" voice that I could pretend was the author's.


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

    Yes, in the author's refusal to take personal credit for the raid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Elizabethtown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-08-12
    Russell Elizabethtown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "This is a must read."

    Great narrator.

    I recommend this to my best friend. He was reading it while waiting in an airport. Two servicemen saw him reading it and gave him a "thumbs up".

    We have all hear the basic story, but this gives the real story.

    Highly recommended.

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    Roger Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-08-12
    Roger Brooklyn, NY, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2009

    I'm a huge fan of YA (in which I also dabble), Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical fiction with a smattering of nonfiction.

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    "Interesting and Compelling subject-Telling Less So"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaps detail or cover other Navy Seal missions to get a broader context. The author does this a bit, but it still seems to be very narrow view of experience.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Detail the entire US Military's search for UBM (Osama Bin Laden), and other missions were called off before they got a green light.


    What aspect of Holter Graham’s performance would you have changed?

    Reader could have used more tension in his telling...


    Any additional comments?

    I definitely enjoyed this audiobook, but the experience left me wanting...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MrsH
    London, United Kingdom
    5/12/13
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    "An interesting slice of history"

    I had heard about this book from a podcast on the BBC. It is a very good snapshot into the life of a special ops soldier.

    I did not think it was particularly well written, but it is certainly an easy listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chester, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Very engaging"

    I really wasn't sure what this book would be like. After all we've heard a lot about the mission so I wondered how it was going to be stretched out into a full book. How wrong I was! This book is a fascinating into the world of the elite navy seals unit. The 'big' mission is only part of a really interesting book about the training, culture and sheer guts that the unit has.



    I'm not a fan of military books normally, but I really enjoyed this one. It had me hooked from the start and kept me engaged right until the end.

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  • Jozef
    Wandsworth, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "excellent"

    I totally enjoyed this tense and action packed book.recommended for everyone who enjoys military stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Mands
    UK
    4/23/13
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    "Decent read."

    This book is compelling reading and gives a level of insight into the life of Mark Owen and the life of a special ops soldier. The author walks a balance between giving enough information to make the book understandable and enjoyable but without compromising secrets.

    The book isn't particularly well written but this is forgivable as it's the fascinating subject matter your buying it for. What I liked more than anything else about this book is the authors tone. There is an obvious pride in his unit and his work but this doesn't boil over into some dreaded national chest beating which it could easily have been. Instead Owen has a number of reminders of the human element of the men that do this work and their vulnerabilities.

    Owens kudos climbs further when you discover that some or most of the proceeds from this book are going to charities for wounded soldiers and their families.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Danny
    United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "A glimpse into the life of a NAVY SEAL"

    Clearly written by someone who has lived the military life, No Easy Day brings with it an authenticity and pace that grips from start to end. More than just a snapshot on an operation, Mark Owen gives us the context and lets us in on an extraordinary decade of war. I would recommend setting aside some quality time to listen to this book because once you start you won't want to stop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    12/27/14
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    "Life as a Navy Seal the true sacrifices involved"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have listened to so far. It was respectful, non sensational and honest. The author acknowledges his own short comings and describes how he copes with his own A type personality and OCD. Its a testament to the power of the mind and wonderful guide on how to work with ones faults to make them an asset.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    I never really thought about how the Osama Ben Laden mission would impact on the daily lives of the individuals involved. The description of how the cellphones started to buzz as the men got home really struck me. Their lives had changed forever. Their work lives would move into their private lives and nothing would be safe or private again. Its a sacrifice they hadn't counted on.


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

    In the prologue the author expressed a concern about how this book would be received amongst his colleagues. I think that is really sad. This book is a testament to personal courage, determination and a love for country that I don't think anyone can fault.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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