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
I haven't read the book but I will say that this first person autobiography really lends itself to audio performance.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. Lone Survivor is another good look at the inside workings of a SEAL's mindset, courage and determination.
I didn't realize that it wasn't the author reading the book until just now.
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.
Great recount of the truth.
How amazed the seals were that their participation was leaked after only four hours.
The reader was did a very good job. I found the content excellent and it kept my interest..I recommend this audio book.
while it made it seem rather long the background help set a needed perspective,
Black List - Brat Thor
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i loved listening to this book. it is a great story about true american heros and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. it is a gripping account of the killing of bin laden. i consider it a "must listen to" book!
Awesome F*&^ing Book!!
first army based book so i dont know
personally the narrator made the audible version. the tone of his voice made you think you were being told the story by the seal himself
i found myself sitting in the driveway for 30 mins with the car running because i had to know what happened
Top! It was a brilliantly told story, kept me on the edge from start to finish. It was hard to stop it once i got it going.
Not one favorite character, all played a critical part in the book.
Very excited ad nail biting all the way through.
I don't normally write reviews but I wanted to hear the story about killing Osama Bin Lauden and this is a great story that tells this SEAL's first hand account of what exactly happened. I thought it was a great story.
"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.
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.
I totally enjoyed this tense and action packed book.recommended for everyone who enjoys military stories.
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.
"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.
"Like hearing history in the making"
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?!
The actual facts of the raid, the equipment used and why it was used.
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.
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.
"Great story, well told!!"
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.
Everything, I have books I like where I find the narration lacking but I enjoyed this fully, the narrator does a great job.
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 :)
"Life as a Navy Seal the true sacrifices involved"
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.
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.
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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