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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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    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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    Canon Francis world missions 10-25-12
    Canon Francis world missions 10-25-12 Member Since 2016

    Canon

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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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    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 10-24-12
    Todd Laguna Niguel, CA, USA 10-24-12
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    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    I really enjoyed this book. It begins as a fly-over journey of the events in one SEAL's life as they eventually lead him to a part in the raid on Bin Laden's compound. While there isn't much in the book that wasn't already reported in the media, it does a great job of putting the raid (and lead-up) into a first person account that drew me in and kept me listening.


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

    Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Lone Survivor is another good look at the inside workings of a SEAL's mindset, courage and determination.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    I didn't realize that it wasn't the author reading the book until just now.


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

    Definitely.


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    Jenassecret MN 10-23-12
    Jenassecret MN 10-23-12 Member Since 2016

    Babbzz

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    "It really is that good!"

    About an hour into it, you realize that these guys give up a lot to be the best. They can't have a normal life. They are not "normal" people either, otherwise you and I and the "dude" down the street could do the things they are trained to do. Their life isn't a video game, there isn't a "do-over button". The book is well written and completely engaging.

    If you liked the writing, you must listen to "No Easy Day" by Brian Castner. It's a well written book about an Air Force EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Technician and how his life has been affected and changed by his missions in the Air Force. One of the ways the book was so compelling was how his story unfolded. The story moves around the timeline of events in a way that hooks you like a good mystery.

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    Sharon Palatine, IL, United States 10-23-12
    Sharon Palatine, IL, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Intense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great recount of the truth.


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

    How amazed the seals were that their participation was leaked after only four hours.


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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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  • Mr
    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
  • 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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