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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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    Michael Portland, OR, United States 09-18-12
    Michael Portland, OR, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazingly Dull"

    This is an amazingly dull account of very dynamic events. No doubt the author is a disciplined, brave and accomplished soldier. Unfortunately he is also very shallow and has no world view nor literary talent. Read Manhunt by Peter Bergen instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-14-12
    Ron COLUMBUS, OH, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    Would you try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer and/or Holter Graham?

    No I would not read another book by the author. He had one story to tell and he told it.


    What could Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have left out the his personal feelings about the President it was not relevant to the story. He claims this book was not political but he clearly puts in his personal thoughts about the President.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was fine


    Was No Easy Day worth the listening time?

    it could have been cut down to the opperation. The begining was filler about the Navy Seals and there are better books out there that discuss that subject.


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    09-12-12
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    "Proud To Be An American"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    Great detail of the authors experience. The book deserves more applause, especially for the charites a majority of proceeds are going towards. I will purchase additional copies for the Holiday's to support our HERO's !! Thank-you to the author for your service & your bravery to write this book.


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

    Gave me goose bumps.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Fishers, IN, United States 09-12-12
    Jeff Fishers, IN, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrific read"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite books I've listened to. It was so engrossing, I didn't want to put it down.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Holter Graham performance was convincing. He sounded like he could have been a SEAL; he was comfortable with all the military acronyms and terminology.


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

    Pretty much.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 09-12-12
    O'Brien Singleton, Australia 09-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well written and well read"
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This book does not go into the details of becoming a SEAL as many others have already done but instead talks about operations and as indicated int he title the killing of UBL. Very enjoyable, one you will get through quickly.


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    Steven Orem, UT, United States 09-12-12
    Steven Orem, UT, United States 09-12-12
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    "Best SEAL autobiography"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    Narration was great, story very well told. superbly written


    What did you like best about this story?

    nothing to hide


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the bin laden raid


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

    laughed at times. parts reminded me of deployment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 09-10-12
    Gary 09-10-12
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    "Loved the book!!!"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The primary of course.


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

    No, but it was good.


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

    all of the above


    Any additional comments?

    Great story by & about real American Heroes. Thanks for all they do!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis Boston, MA, United States 09-10-12
    Luis Boston, MA, United States 09-10-12
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    "great book overall"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    very good book, I found my self googling things and putting faces with the story great Book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elton Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-05-12
    Elton Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-05-12 Member Since 2009

    I teach business, economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. I love economics, politics, and philosophy. I hold an MA in Political Science and BA in English Literature.

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    "Passionless Sacrifice"

    First, to all of the men and women in uniform: THANK YOU!
    I guess after Seal Team Six, there really was no other way to tackle this book than an almost clinical reporting of events. The Seal Team member in question offers shockingly little passion in his words and for the single event every American longed to experience. This really irked me and as his distaste for Obama begins to seep through to overflowing in the epilogue I find him to be less likable.
    While it is impossible to not respect and honor this man's sacrifice for our country, as he begins to describe the mission as "just another" mission, shows his irritation at the people who treat him like he has done something special, and is completely oblivious to the cathartic national moment of "WE GOT HIM!", you come to feel that this guy is a jerk.
    I can care less about his not remembering what the president said when he met him, or not liking Biden's corny jokes, but what does irritate me is that this event seems to have been experienced by a man who fails to see the enormity of its execution. How much blood and treasure was sacrificed not just by other Seal Teams, but by our armed forces to get to that moment? How many families were put through the torture of losing their loved ones because some caveman had a brain fart? How many people changed their lives or dedicated a decade of their life to this moment? I guess my generation just doesn't get it.
    Neil Armstrong understood the moment he was in, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!".
    I reluctantly recommend this book if you absolutely have to know what happened. If you prefer to have the fantasy that one of the men who pulled the trigger knew exactly where his place was in history, give this book a pass.

    10 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 09-12-12
    Anne 09-12-12

    I love books !

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    "Not worth a Penney !!!!!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book not written at all


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

    Absolutly not


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Books like this put SEALS at risk no matter what the prolog may say. This, I hope ex-SEAL, should have been court marshalled as having an opinion during war time is treason. Don't buy this. If I could get my money back I would. JUNK !!!!!

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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