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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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    Catherine D. Schafer 09-21-12 Member Since 2008

    Truck Driver

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an entertaining story but it feels contrived. Maybe the significance of the actions are what belittles the story telling. I found the authors disingenuous. That is not to say I didn't believe he may well have done the things he said he did. I just felt that his telling of the story was a version of actual events. It did not feel like the actual truth.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer again?

    I would welcome a more honest book by the authors.


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

    Was not memorable. That is to say I felt the performance was enhanced by the neutrality of the narration.


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

    It needs a follow up book by another member of the dev-gru team. Not by these authors. I might listen to another tale from the authors however I fear another book would probably only make it to my wish list.


    Any additional comments?

    I was jaded by Bravo 2 Zero by Andy McNab and the controversy that it sparked. I am drawn to listen to the elite world of specialized soldiers, I just wish the amazing skills they have could translate into great story telling skills. I forgive them that it rarely does. I appreciate all they do for the free world.

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    Earl 09-21-12
    Earl 09-21-12
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    yes puts you right in the action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt, Liked his sense of humor


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He read it with a feeling that he was Mark


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-21-12
    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2009

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    "MY FIRST REVIEW! I LOVED IT!"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    YES!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the truth was told about the brave men who killed UBL. Oh, and definitely that those brave guys got him. It was great to know that at least justice was served...unexpected, swift and fast.... Just like UBL plotted and had executed the horrible tragedy of 9/11! He was definitely surprised and he hadn't even had time to use his "Just For Men" that the guys found in the bathroom!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was done well.


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

    Can't really say just one!...but I'm really glad the truth is out there now. I know they don't fight for "acknowledgement", but between the politicians and the crazy "internet conspiracy" theories, it was time someone who was actually there got to tell the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad that I read it. At first I thought, after reading, that this author had done something horrible. But after reading reviews from other Navy Seals, retired or otherwise, I realized they weren't angry. Seems as though the people who are actually angry are in this current administration.I've never listened to any book about the military before, but after this one I've since listened to American Sniper by Chris Kyle, The Warrior Elite, by Dick Couch and my favorite out of all, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. It was awesome that the BUD/S class that Dick Couch is observing and writing about is Class 228 that Marcus graduated from. He mentions Marcus several times in the book. I can't wait to read Marcus' next book :Service: A Navy Seal At War. I have so much respect and am truly in awe of all of our women and men in the military! I am so thankful for them - these books just reminded me that they are fighting for my freedom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    diane Newhall, CA, United States 09-21-12
    diane Newhall, CA, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "amazing read!"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    amazing rendition of facts


    What did you like best about this story?

    the truth


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

    yes, great!


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

    I only laughed once but I cryed at the end with his touching sacrifice


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alexander miramar, fl, United States 09-21-12
    alexander miramar, fl, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Eye opening adventure"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This book lets us live the lives of some very incredible heroes who sacrifice so much for their country. It is exciting and insightful and important reading for today. The narration is perfect for the military adventure.


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

    The telling of the killing of Bin Ladin is chilling and incredible.


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

    I listened to the book in two sittings - I couldn't stop.


    Any additional comments?

    Historically relevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 09-21-12
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 09-21-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Exciting first-hand account of historic mission!"

    Awe-inspiring. I appreciate the author's detail of this mission and the importance he placed on giving everyone credit who helped carry out the mission. These Navy seals really arent the ego-maniacs that other "seal books" make them out to be. The seals in this book are true heroes.
    Narration was solid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spinnaker 09-21-12
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    "Nothing new here, pass on this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you have not read any of the previous dozen books written by former Navy Seals you will enjoy this, but there is nothing new told here and it lacks the depth and craft of some others.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer again?

    No


    What three words best describe Holter Graham’s voice?

    Average


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from No Easy Day?

    The author's childhood hunting in Alaska, his basic Seal training.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 09-20-12
    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 09-20-12

    Tell us about yourself! I am a 43 year old wanna be intellect. I love people doing things for me and i guess that includes my reading! My interests vary widely so this site is right up my alley....maybe too much so!!!

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    "Reality Better Than Fiction"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This story gives me such an appreciation for the men and women that protect our freedom. I loved the fact he didnt glamorize it. His line about the food being in a container marked for military or prison literally made me sick that we treat our military like that. Yet he syas right in that moment they dont do it for that and in these Seals case i believe them.He didnt make this a moral issue and the casual way he describes the killing of these insurgents is spot on. I know people want emotion in this but it shows exactly what it has to be like for him, and why his job is a huge challenge and burden. Being human is bad in his line on work. No easy day is a perfect title because it didnt just represent the day they killed Osama it represents every day of our military personnel caught in the crossfire of protecting our freedom!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much a coward Osama Bin Laden really was. He expected his followers to fight to the grave, but he didnt even try....he was just another greedy business man abusing the ideology of a people. He never wanted to die for this he just wanted the fame...the wives and the pleasures of being rich as noted in his compound. What a coward. I thought it was hilarious to hear about a hair dye formula made in America being used by Coward Bin Laden. Thanks for supporting our economy to keep yourself looking young for that young wife of yours


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    His voice was superb for the part and he hit the words when needed perfectly. It was more like a performance than a reading


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

    Yes...I kept wishing my drive time would be longer


    Any additional comments?

    Just awesome....thank you american miltitary you guys rock!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ferguson Chicago, IL USA 09-19-12
    S. Ferguson Chicago, IL USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2004

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    "A good "read'"

    This is an extremely interesting book. Lots of fascinating nuts and bolts background about how to become and remain a Navy SEAL, and the bin Laden section is riveting. Don't expect any secrets, though. Just a good, true story of how they got bin Laden. It's a joke that the administration is pursuing this poor guy, an American hero, so that they can preserve their own narrative to leak to Hollywood friends. The reader is fantastic -- perfect for the material and to convey the perspective of a young soldier.

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    Elizabeth LYNN HAVEN, FL, United States 09-18-12
    Elizabeth LYNN HAVEN, FL, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Life Changing"

    This is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. I think every American who experienced 9-11 should hear the truth about our Country's resolve. Well written and narrorated. Thank you to all our troops and their sacrifices!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • MrsH
    London, United Kingdom
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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