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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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    David 10-02-12
    David 10-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended this book to all of my friends


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

    Mark Owen's life story


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He has an excellent voice for narration.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The author should be commended for presenting this book to the public.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sallie portsmouth, va, United States 10-02-12
    sallie portsmouth, va, United States 10-02-12
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    "Fast read and action packed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you enjoy military novels, this is a keeper. I can't address the secrecy issue the military has with this book, as I am not qualified. However, I found it much like a Tom Clancy novel in technical detail.


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

    with purchasing it on audio, the action keep rolling.


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

    Perhaps, but since the best time I have to listen to audio, is on my commute to work, the time breaks (about 30-45 min) was just right for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Hornung Midland, Michigan, United States 10-02-12
    R. Hornung Midland, Michigan, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2009

    Work is Way Busy. Relaxation with a good book is mandatory. Audible lets me get into many more books per year than before.

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    "Americans Should be Proud - Thank You"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    This book is an inspiration to trust and believe that our Armed Forces are not only trained to keep us safe but also that their incentives come right from their hearts and not from the politicians or even the various ideologies of this world. I'll listen again when ever I think that there are missions around the world that our leaders think cannot be controlled by military force.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It struck me from the beginning that the author had absolutely none of the animosity that the US press and his fellow military folks accused him of. Listening to the entire story - especially the last five minutes - proves to me once again that most journalists shoot their mouths off without doing their homework. No secrets are revealed, this guy is not out to make a buck for himself, and the various operations which are described are great adventures. Not to mention that the taxpayers of the USA are about the only ones kept in the dark about these operations. Congress and usually the enemy are all generally fully aware.


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

    Mr. Graham does a great job with the material but the story didn't lend itself to choosing any one particular character.


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

    I didn't want to but that didn't help me shut down, except for a meal, and then come back for the climax and ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome weapons experience. Although we know these arsenals are available to our guys, its nice to hear the funds being spent in a manner that protects our men and allows them total advantage day or night - over the enemy. $80,000 Night vision units - Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    edward MATTOON, IL, United States 10-02-12
    edward MATTOON, IL, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    As a Vietnam Vet I found it interesting and easy to listen to. Glad to hear facts


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

    other goverment stories but true


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

    all


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

    yes


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    Mike chatham, VA, United States 10-01-12
    Mike chatham, VA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "My take on the Navy Seal book."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I like.and have always enjoyed fist hand accounts of historic events. I like to feel as if I were sitting with the author, Listening to his telling of something that just happened. While it is still fresh and recalled with ease.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I don't think it increased it so much as it scratched an itch. As I really wanted some sort of straight dope about what happened in Pakistan.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    I think he does very well. And one thing that helps achieve this are the stories about the people he served with. They were all funny or interesting. And they helped to give his account some depth by giving the reader some foreknowledge of the personalities and history of his group.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I think he did pertty well because I never felt that I was being read to.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I am the father of a four tour Afghanistan soldier. He served with special forces. But, he was just a simple soldier doing his less than glamorous job under very difficult circumstances. I felt that in the 2004 election the Kerry campaign were getting entirely too political with the war situation. I remember some of the things said about our ability to get OBL. I took this personally, Because my boy was putting his very life on the line while politicians made fun of and used our sons and daughters sacrifices for their own benefit. In this story the shoe was kind of on the other foot. I knew the politicians would be quick to tell eveyone how bold and brave they were in getting the job done. But what I wanted to hear was an account of how it really got done. Without the bells and whistles, and politicians patting themselves on the back. And for me, No Easy Day served that purpose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12
    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12

    Lurowan

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    "What an inspirational story!!"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    I love his no nonsense approach to this life he has chosen. He loves it and it's clear he loves it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That less than perfection in this line of work is unacceptable to the individual, even if it's forgivable with the team as a whole.


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

    He made me realize that these guys have to face their fears and repeat the actions over and over until they no longer fear them. In other words, keep doing it until you love it. Then do it some more.

    Also, he coined a term that he was more comfortable with discomfort than the other way around and I could relate to that. My line of work is NOTHING compared to what these brave souls do, but I could understand nonetheless.


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

    My schedule only permits me upwards of 1 hour at a time, but I must say, I want to find any reason to turn my iPhone on to listen to this guy. He gives out NO SECRETS. So anyone who claims he is unpatriotic, obviously hasn't read the book. This book is really about the type of person that becomes a Navy Seal. These guys are amazing individuals!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SoozyQue sandy valley, NV, United States 10-01-12
    SoozyQue sandy valley, NV, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Like you are there experiencing it with him...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Exciting, see what these guys are put through by our government....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark, just how he tells the story...


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

    No, but I will look up his other performances.


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    Jw Sahuarita, AZ, United States 10-01-12
    Jw Sahuarita, AZ, United States 10-01-12
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    "The Truth... not, 'The Official Truth'"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I have recommended this to many; the author is very matter of fact, he has a driving need to be the best, he is not an arrogant chest thumping jerk, he comes across as 'the quiet professional ' .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog, AKA 'The Hair Missile'.


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

    It is very bad luck to attract these peoples attention.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some really bad actors in the world... Thank God for the dedication of all the people involved in dealing with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 10-01-12
    JOSEPH Bonners Ferry, ID, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2010

    Joseph Brown

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    "Written like the soon to be made movie it will be."

    I thought that the story was pretty good overall, but as my headline says, in my opinion it really is written in the format of the movie I fully expect will be made, if it's not being worked on right now, from this book.
    That said, the first person account of the actual event in finding Bin Laden towards the end of the book, is very intense and very interesting.
    I can't see why the stories coming out about the military being concerned over secrets being told about this mission, if you read just about any of the real good spy or military authors books, you'll read very similar actions described, and those are novels!
    The reader was OK, he sounded a bit too much like a "Surfer Dude" for me but it didn't detract from the story as much as it could have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 10-01-12
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mission Accomplished"

    Whatever was redacted can't keep this wild ride from being a compelling insight into the daily life of the toughtest men that protect this country. Great read, great story, great result!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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