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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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    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 10-01-12
    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth the time"

    this is an excellent book, give a good picture into the life of the navy seals and it was very enjoyable

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    Jeff Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-01-12
    Jeff Rock Hill, SC, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book on Seal Team 6 and the Bin Ladin Raid"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I don't have time to sit and read any longer and can only really get interested in audio books. I don't think you lose anything by going to an audio book. I just can't tell people I read a book, I have to tell them that I listened to it.


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

    There are other books on Seal Team training and activities on Audible. I thought that they were all good and worth reading (listening to).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think that the actual explanation of the Bin Ladin raid was my favorite part. Having served 24 years as a Navy Intel Officer, I thought it was very interesting. I was still in the service during the time of this raid and I can tell you, it was kept very quiet.


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

    No, it was just a good accurate depiction of what Seal Team 6 is all about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jami Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12
    Jami Pensacola, FL, United States 10-01-12
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    "Great story, no national secrets compromised."

    I don't know what all the fuss is about, other than the fact that the story from a guy who was THERE contradicts the "official" political spin.

    This is a direct accounting of what happened, without any national secrets divulged. The author's motives for writing this down are simple. He didn't like the way that politics started to spin inaccurate stories about what happened in the raid. I am glad he wrote this story.

    If you like action and adventure, you will enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matt vienna, OH, United States 10-01-12
    matt vienna, OH, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent inside look at these heroes' sacrifices"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This was a wonderful inside look at how the special operations live there lives, ending in a detailed account of the raid on Bin Laden's compound.


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    Michael Rosemount, MN, United States 10-01-12
    Michael Rosemount, MN, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good firsthand account;not much more than reported"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was an enjoyable story and interesting to hear the firsthand account, but there wasn't much more than I already knew from other accounts


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Told in first person, which gave it a stronger feel of being there when it happened


    Any additional comments?

    Overall enjoyable and gives you a feel for what exactly happened, but contrary to what the author may think, there wasn't anything particularly revealing from a factual standpoint. Also, despite some protests from military insiders, I highly doubt there was anything secret revealed beyond what is already available -- it also seemed to be cleansed of revealing facts.

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    quint 10-01-12
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    "The truth"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    The simple truth


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author made you feel like you were right there in the story.


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

    The author.


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

    I finished the book wondering why the Obama administration has has a bad reaction to the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States 10-01-12
    Robert Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Fills in the blanks nicely"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book since it was well written and informative. It went through the Seal training the raid and it's aftermath.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I don't consider this the best, but merely the most striking point. I was saddened and angered with respect to the the naive and haphazard approach taken with regards to the security measures taken following the raid. We could have scored a major coup if only the "chest beaters" in Washington had given ample time to disseminate the valuable information captured during the raid instead of attempting to gain political points for something they had no part in other than giving the Green light. The fact that the Seal Team 6 group was identified as being those who had carried out the raid within 4 hours of the President going on the air displays an extreme breach in our ability to keep things secret which need to be kept secret. This point, far from being what I consider to be the best, was certainly the most disturbing. What would have happened in World War II if it had been broadcast when we got the information from the captured "Enigma" or when our intelligence community broke the Japanese code and took out Admiral Yamamoto ?


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I thought that the information was narrated well. The story, as told, kept my attention and never became boring or monomtonous.


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

    I don't know. Maybe "Mission Accomplished - Warriors Compromised".


    Any additional comments?

    None that can be recorded here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Ashburn, VA United States 10-01-12
    Bill Ashburn, VA United States 10-01-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great view of Life of the Elite Fighter"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    This book is written in a very straight forward manner probably much like the author seems to approach life. I personally loved it. It gives a great insight into the sacrifices that these men make every day to keep us safe. Thank you for your service!


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    Amazon Customer 10-01-12
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    "Very Good Book"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story of how a man became a Seal .


    Any additional comments?

    This is now just about killing Bin Laden, it is more a story of a solider who happened to be with the group that killed a very bad man.
    I really like to listen to Holter Granham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Hitchcock, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Craig Hitchcock, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very well written account."
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Humble Accurate Succinct


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

    Lone Survivor, Horse Soldiers Both are Navy Seal books and give personal accounts of real missions in Afghanistan.


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

    Not sure


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  • MrsH
    London, United Kingdom
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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.

    2 of 2 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
  • 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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