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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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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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    Belva 10-29-12
    Belva 10-29-12
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    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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    Irbing FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 10-28-12
    Irbing 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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    "Great"

    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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    "I really like this book"
    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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  • MrsH
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    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.

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  • 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
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    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 :)


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  • 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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