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No Easy Day Audiobook
No Easy Day
Written by: 
Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
Narrated by: 
Holter Graham
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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    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 10-20-12
    Lisa M. Ludwig Metairie, louisiana, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2006

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    "This is a fantastic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    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!


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    Artur Seven hills, OH, United States 10-20-12
    Artur Seven hills, OH, United States 10-20-12
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    "great listen! couldn't stop"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome F*&^ing Book!!


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

    first army based book so i dont know


    What does Holter Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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


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

    i found myself sitting in the driveway for 30 mins with the car running because i had to know what happened


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    eddie San Pablo, CA, United States 10-19-12
    eddie San Pablo, CA, United States 10-19-12
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    "Above Expectations!!!!!!!!"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not one favorite character, all played a critical part in the book.


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

    Very excited ad nail biting all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Broomfield, CO, United States 10-18-12
    Michael Broomfield, CO, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph 10-17-12
    Joseph 10-17-12
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    "Enjoyable though incomplete"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration had obvious edits that caused discontinuity within the story. This became very distracting.


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

    This book had a similar feel to me as The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens. These are motivated inspiring individuals that have a true impact on the reader.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration brought proper gravitas to the scenes portrayed in the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    captaubrey Dallas, TX USA 10-16-12
    captaubrey Dallas, TX USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2002

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    "The True Story"

    Hours after Obama's speech that Osama had been killed his administration started leaking details of the operation from the fact that we had recovered intel from the compound, rendering much of that intel useless, to revealing that the our best seal force was responsible for the raid thus endangering their lives and their family's lives. Despite that most of the details of the mission that have been leaked were dead wrong. Mr. Owen sets the record straight in this book giving us insight not only into the mission, but also gives us insight and contrast into how the war that has spanned two presidencys has been fought by the best of the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk STILLWATER, MN, United States 10-16-12
    Kirk STILLWATER, MN, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An Outstanding Read"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    It was a interesting hearing of the actual details in the 1st person.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Everyone of our Soldiers


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

    No


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

    It continues to amaze me how Washington always trys to leak in accurate information. Why does our adminstation not stand up and be truthful. It is about time Washington takes a stand and starts taking ownership, the people represent are tied of it. Somebody is always trying to spin something.


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the day we owe a great deal of Gratitude to the Men and Women that keep us safe every day and to those who lost there life protecting ours and the United States of America. I salute each and everyone one of you. Thank-you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Arvada, CO, United States 10-15-12
    Greg Arvada, CO, United States 10-15-12 Member Since 2009

    I listen to books on my long commute.

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    "Great to hear first hand account"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book to hear how OBL was killed. I now understand the immense preparation time and sacrifices made for this operation. Thank you for taking the risks you did to write this history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Worth a Listen, but I had hoped for better"
    Would you try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer and/or Holter Graham?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an adventure story! The story of the stalking and eventual killing of the most notorious villain in American history. It's a story of the brave Navy Seals on the mission that day and how that famous day came to be. I liked learning more about how the Seals train and how they think. I feel safer knowing they are on the job.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think that telling the story without the political commentary would have been better. I can understand and appreciate the author's opinion. However, the President IS the Commander in Chief of the military. That is the way our government works, like it or not. War ALWAYS has a political component. Just think what it would be like in a country where the leader is "selected" and not "elected" - not everyone likes their boss, whether they are in the military or not. No one operates independent of some type of politics whether they are in the military or not.


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

    Probably - or "pay per view". It's an interesting story and I think the general public WANTS to know about the mission. We need the closure and to share in the sense of satisfaction that comes when justice, even though delayed, is eventually done!


    Any additional comments?

    Proceeds from this book go to Veteran's organizations; that alone should encourage you to purchase it - thank a Vet!

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    Christopher AMELIA, OH, United States 10-14-12
    Christopher AMELIA, OH, United States 10-14-12
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    "Enjoyed it!"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    A very good read. I enjoyed the book and found it went by very fast because it pulls you into the story. To all the US Armed Forces, thank you for your service and dedication to your country.


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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.

    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.

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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
    UK
    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 :)


    0 of 0 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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