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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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    ryan 10-08-12
    ryan 10-08-12
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    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is with out a doubt in my top 5!! What an unbelievable story!


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

    I am so thankful for the sacrifice all of our service men and women, and their families, have made for us to live in this great country and be free!!


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    Jerry Jacksonville, AR, United States 10-08-12
    Jerry Jacksonville, AR, United States 10-08-12
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    "Gripping. The 'topic' alone makes it a MUST."

    First of all, if you are thinking about buying this book in hopes of learning the secrets of US Special Operations, the USN SEALs, or DEVGRU (SEAL Team 6)... stop right now and go look somewhere else. Regardless of the media's or government's assertions, there is NO classified information disclosed in 'No Easy Day'. Everything mentioned and/or described in the book is information that is in the public domain. All names (other than major public figures, ex: ADM McCraven) have been fictionalized. Descriptions of any unit designations, equipment, weapons, tactics, etc... are all publicly accessible. In my opinion, the uproar has only been caused by the administration's embarrassment over their own (multiple) accounts of this operation being shown to be false. That being said, Mark Owen at no time was disrespectful to the administration. There is NO partisan or political statement being made in the book, other than some minor griping about the speed in which decisions are made throughout the chain of command. This book does not deliver an indictment of the military's civilian leadership or command structure at all. In that area, it is remarkably neutral.

    There has been SO much curiosity about Operation Neptune Spear and so many 'who and how' questions, that unless the book was completely horrible - it would be recommended by anyone who read it. However, 'No Easy Day' is well written and tells the story of the mission and the operators who carried it out, very well. Owen does a good job in describing his childhood in Alaska, his progression in the Navy from enlistment through BUD-S and 'Green Team', his teammates and their various and varied personalities, the preparations and execution of the mission itself, and its immediate aftermath.

    There is a philosophy among the men of the special operations community that they are "silent warriors". Both from necessity and tradition. And, it is an honorable philosophy. No former operator would want to disclose ANYTHING that might endanger those that continue to work in the shadows. There are many among them who, no doubt, will carry on with the tradition of considering a teammate who speaks out as persona non grata... although there are many who have written books on various topics from their time in 'The Teams' without such harsh judgment. If there were something in this book that I could not have learned from a trip through searches of google, dvids, or the blogosphere, I might agree with them in condemning the author. However, in this book I've seen nothing actually new other than the step-by-step timeline of how the operation in Abbottabad happened.

    While it's not the most well-written book I've ever read, it IS quite good. Even though the subject matter is interesting to the point of it being ridiculous, this is a true page turner. The narrator can at times be a bit monotone and distracting, however that didn't make me consider stopping at any time. Overall, Holter Graham did an 'average to good' job with a book that will, no doubt, set records. To put it another way... You will NOT regret buying the book OR the audiobook. I've read and listened to them both multiple times and highly recommend them.

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    Robert Pruitt Fort Worth, TX 10-08-12
    Robert Pruitt Fort Worth, TX 10-08-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Inspiring, educational and entertaining."
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    The narration really added a lot to the delivery of the story. I prefer this to the print version.


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

    I was particularly impressed with the insights into the life of Navy SEALS and the details of their day-to-day life. The account of the killing of Osama Bin Laden was just a bonus.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He sounds like a convincing SEAL and has good inflection.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi Greer, SC, United States 10-06-12
    Mitzi Greer, SC, United States 10-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It's good"
    Any additional comments?

    As the author states, the target audience is middle school boys. Even so, I am the mother of a middle school son and daughter. All three of us enjoyed it. It is an interesting insight into the personality of a Navy Seal. Seals are not choir boys and not what the typical mother wants her son to become, but after listening to the audiobook, I have a renewed respect and appreciation for the Seals. The language and pranks described in the book are typical of what one could expect from a Navy Seal. Not the language or pranks I want my children to emulate, but, they are wise enough to make good choices. I recommend this book. It provides some important points for young people to consider as they mature to be wise adults. It a view in to the real world.

    In regard to the controversy of the potentially classified information disclosed, the author's position and motivations are very well stated. Now, can we please move on?

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    Nicholas Woolwich Township, NJ, United States 10-05-12
    Nicholas Woolwich Township, NJ, United States 10-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A riveting account of what the Seals do and the training for getting Bin Laden. What a great story.


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

    I loved how it was not just what "I" did-it was we!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Graham made it feel like I was on the mission too.


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    Bibi 10-05-12
    Bibi 10-05-12
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    "An amazing story of teamwork and courage"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    No, I listened to it carefully the first time. I rarely listen to a book more than once.


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

    The final story about the raid on the compound.


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

    I have not listened to any of his performances.


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

    Various moments where he was in tense situations. In particular when he was being shot at through the door and the rounds hit the bolt cutters on his back.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for your service!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randall Young Danville, CA 10-05-12
    Randall Young Danville, CA 10-05-12
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    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Heroic, American


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

    Trying to understand the simplicity and yet complexity behind the killing of Geronimo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The "invasion" of Pakistan.....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story that is uniquely and truly American


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-03-12
    Paige M. Overton Ventura, CA USA 10-03-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Very Entertaining Read"
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    I loved this book! I wasn't sure I was going to like it because I am not usually into the violent, shoot-'em-up, action novels that play out like your typical "guy movie". However, I was fascinated by what I had heard in the media about the mission that killed Bin Ladin. The book was much more interesting than I had imagined. In fact, I couldn't stop listening. The author sets up the final mission by first recounting various other missions and training that lead up to the final mission which was critical information to really understand what they were up against, the training that prepared them for the mission and how they got there. It was fascinating to see what the life of a navy seal is like. It made me really appreciate the daily sacrifices that these men make for our country. The narrator did an excellent job. He made me feel like he was the navy seal giving me his first-hand account. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Augustine LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-03-12
    Augustine LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "HARDCORE/MOTIVATING!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story drew you into the actual event. As I listened to the gear this warrior was wearing I could picture it. The detail was great. As he is going up the stair well, gun drawn, my heart was beating fast and my palms were sweating. OUTSTANDING!


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

    no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No Easy Day!! Perfect Title. Perfect Tag Line.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I raved so much about it that two of my friends and my brother got a subscription to audible.com just for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Austin LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 10-03-12
    Austin LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 10-03-12
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    "Great book, down-to-earth accounts"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    The narration was dynamic.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He didn't just read the story... he brought you into the story with his nonverbals.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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