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
This is a great book and I would listen to it again if the publisher would have included a PDF with the photos and diagrams that are in the book. With out those I don't think I would get more out of a second listen. So great Job to Author,writer, narrator and a C- to the publisher for leaving out key material
Mark told his story with out telling anthing to the public or enemy. Thank you Mark.
I really did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I was lead on his life long journey and discovered how infallible and dauntless to the core he was. How commanding his superiors were. All the way to the end when they "thought" were going to crash in the helicopter.
I appreciated the insight to the strong influence, the "life lessons" he took from his family and in particular, his father.
In the end, his humbleness and approach-ability surprised me.
Wonderful narration and fast-paced story. Despite all the 'controversy' of it giving secrets, that's just the Defense Dept making much ado about nothing. He goes into why he wanted to be a SEAL and all the hard work they do. His fellow SEALS are also charmingly portrayed. He also, rightfully, explains the reason he didn't go through traditional military channels before publishing is because he was afraid some higher-ups would want to change things to make themselves look better. He wanted his accounted to be as accurate as he could possibly make it.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
The raw images of tests, practice, practice and pain
The voice was good, emotion heard, excitement edged
The one who did not get away
Yes. Excellent story how the author got from enlisting, to the mission that got Bin Laden.
The details of the assault as can be told only by someone who was there. Also, it was just another day at work for the author and his teammates.
I don't think I've listened to any of Holter's other books. I'm not sure I want to. His voice tails off too often at the end of sentences. That makes it hard to hear or understand the narrative while driving my car, with windows open. I do easily 95% of my listening in the car, so that was a problem for me. However, I buy books for what they are, not by who is narrating.
The only reaction I had was being extremely proud of our intelligence efforts and the US Navy SEALS who's team efforts removed this cancer of society from the face of the earth.
If the author revealed trade or operational secrets in the book I sure don't know what they were. I don't understand what all the negative press was all about when the book was released. I enjoyed listening and may well buy the paper copy to read again.
They are warriors
I felt like the author was being honest about entire story. No political agenda.
When Seal Team 6 arrived back in the States. It angered me about the political leaks but I was happy that the public showed their appreciation.
I was very curious about the operation Geronimo that killed UBL. That book answered most of my questions
No Easy Day is one of the best military inspired books I have ever listened to. The author and narrator do an excellent job of conveying the atmosphere & emotions that surrounded the capture and elimination of one of history's most notorious religious zealots. I, for one, am glad this story came out because it speaks volumes about the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect the innocent.
A very well written Non Fiction book, with no gimmicks. Easy to listen to, understand, with a great ending. This book is a " must purchase" Audible selection.
Non fiction, straight to the facts. The book flowed great in Audible form. Couldn't put it down.
I'm coming off one of the worst books in the Audible library( The Kings of Cool ) with the same narrator, Holter Graham. The Kings of Cool is the book that inspired the movie "Savages". It was friggin torture. The time of the audio book is about the same as No Easy Day. I finished No Easy Day in one day. I couldn't put it down. After two months Ive yet to finish The Kings of Cool. And when I heard the voice of Holter Graham I cringed.Even in this book he can give a feminine voice where it definitely doesn't belong.In my opinion, No easy Day was a Home Run, Had a different narrator been chosen the audio book would have been a Grand Slam.
So many things could have gone wrong. Because of the quick action of the helicopter pilot " Teddy" soldiers lives, and the mission were saved". This was no sure thing. And I have to say some disappointment. There is a 2008 movie titled Virtual JFK, director Koji Masutani. The movie examines JFK, and his Vietnam policy. What difference can the President make regarding the lives of those who serve our country and Military? By the end of that war, 58,000 American soldiers died with over 2 million enemy/civilian deaths. I do not believe America would have been taken down that road if JFK had been alive. The President can make all the difference, He's choosing the path.
This book needed to be written, just to set the record straight. This is a special case, and I wish the Matt well. Now go cut the grass brother.
"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.
"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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