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No Easy Day Audiobook

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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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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    John 10-29-12
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    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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    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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    John Coppell, TX, United States 10-27-12
    John Coppell, TX, United States 10-27-12

    Read at least two books a week... like Faulkner and Hemmingway and books that have spiritual outreach like Eat, Pray and Love. I have read most of James Lee Burk's books. My favorite narrator is Will Patton. He did an incredable job with Charles Fraziers Cold Mountain and 13 Moons and James Dickey's "Deliverance"

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    "Finally the truth and who should get the credit"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    The way it was written and reported without political influence. I felt it was the real story.


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

    The story on how the seals landed in the compound, got minimal resistance and when they looked about the room where Bin Laden died and discovered he didn't even take the effort to fight or even load his gun in his own defense yet he sent thousands of young men and women into battle to die for his cause... he was a real coward and weak leader!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He got into the characters of this book with such credibility that you walked away feeling that the personalities were the ones who were talking... the inflections and pace of certain parts of the book was varied and aligned to the imagined pace of the moment.


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

    Yes... absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    Fron the syntax to the sophisticated vocabulary this book attested to the intelligence and articulate level of this book. One comment towards the end has stayed with me more than any other message. In talking about Bin Laden Mark Owen wrote "there's no honor when the leader doesn't even try to fight and die fighting as he expected his millions of followers to do so" He set an embarrassing example for Islamic Extremists world wide. There won't be any monuments built in memory of Bin Laden... a true coward all the way to the end!

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    Joe Bountiful, UT, United States 10-27-12
    Joe Bountiful, UT, United States 10-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    A well written inside look at the operators, their preparations, and their mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. No political agenda, unlike The Finish, by Mark Bowden.

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    Morgan 10-26-12
    Morgan 10-26-12
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    "Brilliant and Credible"

    This brilliant story not only covers the Navy Seal Team 6 mission that killed Osama bin Laden, but also covers an interesting and gripping story of the military life of a Navy Seal. The author takes great pains to ensure that he reveals no classified information in his book, yet is still able to tell an amazing story.

    The book has come under fire by the mainstream media, which is a good reason to read the book. Most news accounts about the story focus on the author's report that Osama bin Laden was shot while unarmed, as though that was the height of evil. Only in a world overrun by the religion of modern liberalism, is killing a mass murderer such as Osama bin Laden considered a crime.

    The book has some fairly straightforward description of the handling of bin Laden's body. While not graphic, the frank discussion might make some readers queasy. For those of us Americans who remember 9/11 and who despise true evil wherever it occurs, reading this story provides a certain catharsis after 11 long years.

    The real reason, however, to read the book, is to discover the world of America's professional warriors. Most of what Navy Seals do is so classified, those many, many stories of heroism and bravery will be lost. The author succeeds in bringing a feel for his profession, as a member of Navy Seal Team 6, even though he's quite limited in what he can really report about their activities.

    Holter Graham's narration is good. He handles the story well and brings the humor, the drama, the danger, and the emotion to this excellent story.

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Yes. It was a very good enjoyable book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was written from a non political point of view.


    Any additional comments?

    This made me thankful that there are people out there like the navy seals that can get things like this done.

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    T. HALASNIK Jackson, NJ 10-25-12
    T. HALASNIK Jackson, NJ 10-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!!"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Yes, its just a great story from someone who was there.


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

    The day of the raid.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Very well done.


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    Canon Francis world missions 10-25-12
    Canon Francis world missions 10-25-12 Listener Since 2005

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    "the real picture comes out"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, revealing, disturbing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Author, he tells a believeable narative clearly and directly.


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

    easy listening and moving, he spoke clearly


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

    It was informative and moving. It was very upsetting, sad and frightening to lean that our soldiers had their hands tied by the Gov which was micro managing the war. It makes one angry that we can not trust our current government.


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    T. Combs 10-24-12
    T. Combs 10-24-12
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    "Fact or fiction? It's a great story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but I will say that this first person autobiography really lends itself to audio performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a glimpse into a world that very few of us get to see...the world of covert, high end military action. I should add that while this is a military story, it's also the story of a man who pushes himself to the absolute limits of physical and mental exertion and how it's shaped him. For obvious reasons, the author limits the amount of detail about his personal life that is exposed, but I think it would be interesting from a psychological perspective to know more about "what makes him tick."


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

    I would assume that this story is mostly true but of course, have no way of knowing for sure. If you are seeking absolute facts, this book may let you down, but if you want a riveting tale of a life led on the "bleeding edge," look no further.


    Any additional comments?

    The author clearly isn't a fan of Barack Obama, but he does a decent job of keeping politics out of the book until the very end.

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