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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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    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 Member Since 2016

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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
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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 Member Since 2006
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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

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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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    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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    lise san clemente, CA, United States 10-21-12
    lise san clemente, CA, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    The reader was did a very good job. I found the content excellent and it kept my interest..I recommend this audio book.

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    Larry 10-21-12
    Larry 10-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "More than just a thriller, lots of education as w"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    while it made it seem rather long the background help set a needed perspective,


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

    Black List - Brat Thor


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

    more or less


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