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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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    Jim North Andover, MA, United States 10-09-12
    Jim North Andover, MA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fascinating story, a bit "dressed up""
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Well worth listening to. A big story that all should understand.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woman who did the investigation which led to the intelligence that enabled the mission.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The prose was elementary and at times shamelessly macho.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    For a classic American story, the author would have benefitted from better editing and writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Vallieres 46 Spring Lake Drive, Oxford, Michigan 48371 10-09-12
    Mary Vallieres 46 Spring Lake Drive, Oxford, Michigan 48371 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy Listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes because of the new perspective


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the background and preparation leading up to the mission


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    Do you think No Easy Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no - it sends the story appropriately


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12
    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good - Interesting"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    Being able to listen anywhere, walking, driving, soccer game....


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found it very interesting all the training and secrecy of the Navy Seals...the writer did not give away any real details....but it was understood


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

    ALL


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emerson Wichita, Kansas 10-08-12
    Emerson Wichita, Kansas 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intriguing Glimpse into a Historic Event"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the narration made listening to No Easy Day pleasant and relaxing.


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

    This was my first opportunity to listen to Holter Graham's narration.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is excellent - it gives us a good glimpse into life in Special Forces, and the detail and planning that went into the capture of Osama Ben Ladin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 10-08-12
    Pamela Avon, CT, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

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    "The story of the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden"

    A very good book about the Seal team mission to take out Osama. It goes thru all the preparation necessary that led to those soldiers being involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zacchaeus Nifong Tucson, AZ. 10-08-12
    Zacchaeus Nifong Tucson, AZ. 10-08-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A Decent Read"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this book again.


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

    The killing of Osama Bin Laden.


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

    No, I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing stood out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DAVID PIERREFONDS, QC, Canada 10-08-12
    DAVID PIERREFONDS, QC, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A good read!"
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    Enlightening..I was always curious about the mission, how it was planned and executed...now I know.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard United States 10-08-12
    Richard United States 10-08-12
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    "Well satisfied"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    No. I don't read or listen to books more than once


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

    The killing of bin Ladin


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

    None of the above


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David La Mesa, CA, United States 10-08-12
    David La Mesa, CA, United States 10-08-12
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    "A story Americans needed to hear"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

    I thought the Epilog said it all - the sacrifice and unselfishness that these young Americans make every day for our country.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Total book


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Keep strong America!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. B. Twomey Los Angeles, California 10-08-12
    C. B. Twomey Los Angeles, California 10-08-12
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    "A fascinating story, capably told"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    No, I got it the first time.


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

    The extent of cynicism about political oversight, its processes and timidity.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Simple, "grounded" voice that I could pretend was the author's.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, in the author's refusal to take personal credit for the raid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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