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No Easy Day Audiobook

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

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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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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-02-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 11-02-12

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "Osama bin Laden: Coward"

    This book was great. I really enjoy real-life Special Operation stories. That made this book right up my alley. The way this book differs from other SOF books is that it mainly focuses on one particular mission. He doesn't go too deep into his life before joining DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6) or does he go too deep into his life at all. It is 80% about the mission or things that are relevant to the mission. He is an above average storyteller and I didn't find myself get bored at all while listening. Because of the fact that it is about the mission to kill UBL automatically makes it a great story (to me anyway). You can tell that the author does not like President Obama and that he is fighting making any political views. In my review's title when I mention UBL being a coward, well, you'll just have to buy the book because I don't want to ruin one of the greatest facts from the mission.
    The Narrator was sufficient. Nothing special. I would recommened this book and I don't think you'll regret it. I sure didn't

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    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 10-31-12
    Michael Two Harbors, MN, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging"

    This is an engaging story written in a plain but clear and direct manner that sheds needed light into the world of the SEALS. Narration couldn't be better; he managed to make himself transparent as the story unfolded.

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    Amazon Customer Alamosa, CO USA 10-30-12
    Amazon Customer Alamosa, CO USA 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The end of the matter."
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very interesting and a good read.


    Any additional comments?

    This could well be one of the books historians may refer to later. Although I cannot substantiate the facts I will assume that it is accurate. This does make one proud to have someone this dedicated to the challenges of the military to train to this level of competence. All the young men that trained for this mission need to thanked for their dedication to the cause.

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    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-30-12
    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.

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    "No Easy Day"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I didn't bother reading this book. I jumped the second I found out it was on Audible and that Mr. Graham was reading it. This one is going to be historical, regardless of the controversy it is facing right now.


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Seal Team Six, Seal Team Six Outcasts mainly because they're very detailed in the intensive training and planning that goes into each mission. Even though the result is that the target of the training is dead, it doesn't happen overnight. This unique behind the scenes look at how these missions are handled is very eye opening for the general public. I tend to put these guys on pedistals and think they just go in guns blazing, but it's not like that at all. They're very precise and accurate. It's amazing how much restraint they have while doing these missions.


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's the best narrator on the planet. That's it.


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

    I cried in certain parts because I am a supporter of the troops, but not any war ever. When they got home, I cried. Some of our men and women never make it home, so to hear that all the troops connected to this mission made it home made me smile.


    Any additional comments?

    Yesterday is the only easy day. Support the troops, even if you don't like the war. Remember they've got family here at home. Thanks Chad and Daniel.

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    David Orlando, FL, United States 10-30-12
    David Orlando, FL, United States 10-30-12
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    "Fantastic accounting of a Navy SEAL"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Have listened to it again, and will probably listen a 3rd time. Just a fantastic story from the singular perspective of a Navy SEAL and member of the rock-star class, DevGru.


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

    The assault on the UBL compound...the planning and practice that went into that event.


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

    Mark Owen


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

    America's super heros


    Any additional comments?

    So much more than just a telling of the hunt for UBL and assault on his compound in Abattibad. Life of a Navy SEAL after the infamous and well-know BUD training. Life as a member of Green Team, and DevGru. For a perspective of the hunt for UBL from the Washington DC side of things, I recommend "The Finish" by Mark Bowden also available on Audible.

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    Belva 10-29-12
    Belva 10-29-12
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    "Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes....account of mission seems very believable and it is apparent the author has a desire to have the truth heard by all


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    author


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

    n/a


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

    during the author's training for the special seal's team, he was honest in admitting his fears that he would fail


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    David Sarasota, FL, United States 10-29-12
    David Sarasota, FL, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "tribute to our soldiers"

    great actor and story. great account of what happened on that mission and what the training of a seal is like

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    John 10-29-12
    John 10-29-12
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    "Fine read/Easy listen"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    Background, lead in, allowed you a perspective from which you expect that you know the lead character. The training synopsis gives insite and sets you up to compehend the attitude that will prevale throughout the Seals. That said you now feel their high expectations from themselves and their commerades, along with the increased room for dissapointments.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Outcome


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

    I have not. Enjoyed his pace and presentation,articulate and easy to follow. Hope that the subject matter that drives my purchase decisions cross paths with his projects again.



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

    No laughing and no crying, I had a few "knotted up gut" moments and some emotions whelling up inside experiences within.


    Any additional comments?

    I've gone from long periods of K. Vonnegut to historical novels and now evolved to more non-fiction without knowing what will catch my fancy. Looking for an unabridged version of William Least Heat Moons, "Blue Highways"

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    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 10-29-12
    Polly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome read"

    Loved this book. I felt like I was living Mark's adventures. Easy to follow.

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    Grant FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 10-28-12
    Grant FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding Book a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Tells the Truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the ramp up of his career to the climax at the end. While i was reading it even though i wasn't a SEAL. Being in the Navy during the same time as he was i could relate to the team mentality. THis story made me wish that i wasn't medically retired and i could have retired. I have and always will be proud to be a United States Sailor.


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

    I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting but i had to break it up while i was commuting to and from work.


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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.

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • PuskasPele
    SCO
    12/3/15
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    "Like hearing history in the making"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    Unsure if it's better as I've only heard this audible book (and seen the film Zero Dark 30) but as someone who spends a lot of time of the roads I'd say it's pretty good, I like historical literature and found this to be very informative of not just the raid but also SEAL entry, life, expectations....only negatives are it was a little full on the 'Yee-haw' Americanism for my liking but it is a book about American soldiers so what did I expect?!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual facts of the raid, the equipment used and why it was used.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Mostly he was fine although I did find his voice a little grating at times. Hard to explain, I just felt at times like saying "I know many would like to have been there and to have shot UBL but you weren't so just lay off a bit" - that said I guess someone narrating a book would put their spin on it to make it entertaining but maybe he put just a bit too much in?! Maybe I'm being too harsh though.


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

    No real change in emotions, a guy got killed after all so whilst historical and maybe necessary, i cannot in good conscience take pleasure in someone else's death, no matter how 'evil' they are perceived.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pogue Mahone
    UK
    7/3/15
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    "Great story, well told!!"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    From a UK point of view it wasn't too 'American'. The US and UK military have very different mind-sets and, as a former UK soldier, some books about the US military just don't seem to strike a chord (no offence intended to the US, we just have different approaches to things, I'm in no way saying our way is better).

    This book however really seemed to engage me, you are able to get into the mind of Mark and understand his drives and what his life must have been like in the SEALs. The actual Bin Laden raid is described well, with emotion, but it does not seem over the top.

    I would fully recommend anyone who is thinking of getting this title to go ahead and do it, I have listened to it a few times and will probably do so again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Everything, I have books I like where I find the narration lacking but I enjoyed this fully, the narrator does a great job.


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

    Understanding his fear of failure as the drive to put himself through the types of brutal training they go through was good but I was most moved (to laughter) by the "staff of power and the jar of biscuits" - you will have to listen to it to understand :)


    0 of 0 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.


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