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No Easy Day Audiobook

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

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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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    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12
    M. R. West Palm Beach, FL 10-01-12

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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!!


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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.

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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

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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.

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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!!!

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    Sharon 10-01-12
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    "Okay story of a seal's career."
    What did you like best about No Easy Day? What did you like least?

    Enjoyed his first hand account of the Bin Laden take down. Did not like the political analysis given.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer ’s story?

    The fact he had not given it the Pentagon before publishing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time in the compound.


    Did No Easy Day inspire you to do anything?

    No really.


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    terry 10-01-12
    terry 10-01-12
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    "A book that should not have been written."
    What disappointed you about No Easy Day?

    Being a Special Forces retiree, we all know we don't publish works like this. The real story is about the intelligence community which Mark Owen knows little about. What he knows about lasts 20 minutes.


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    John Natick, MA, United States 10-01-12
    John Natick, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Just another headline grabber"
    Would you try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer and/or Holter Graham?

    the narrator was very good to a pretty poor story.


    Has No Easy Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was very good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way!


    Any additional comments?

    none.

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    Ryan HUNTSVILLE, TX, United States 10-01-12
    Ryan HUNTSVILLE, TX, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not sure what all the fuss was about..."
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Best recount of combat I've read so far.


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

    Compares well to American Sniper.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of people thought this book was unfair to the Obama administration. True, the guy is obviously not a registered Democrat, but he did give credit to the current administration when it was due. I think people get upset when the rosy picture they painted of something starts getting turned upside down.

    As for secrets being revealed that the enemy can now use against us, I didn't notice any. Al Qaeda would be better off reading the New York Times for secrets.

    It's a good book.

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    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 10-01-12
    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth the time"

    this is an excellent book, give a good picture into the life of the navy seals and it was very enjoyable

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  • MrsH
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    5/12/13
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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.

    2 of 2 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.

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  • 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.

    2 of 2 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.

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  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PuskasPele
    SCO
    12/3/15
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    "Like hearing history in the making"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    Unsure if it's better as I've only heard this audible book (and seen the film Zero Dark 30) but as someone who spends a lot of time of the roads I'd say it's pretty good, I like historical literature and found this to be very informative of not just the raid but also SEAL entry, life, expectations....only negatives are it was a little full on the 'Yee-haw' Americanism for my liking but it is a book about American soldiers so what did I expect?!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The actual facts of the raid, the equipment used and why it was used.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Mostly he was fine although I did find his voice a little grating at times. Hard to explain, I just felt at times like saying "I know many would like to have been there and to have shot UBL but you weren't so just lay off a bit" - that said I guess someone narrating a book would put their spin on it to make it entertaining but maybe he put just a bit too much in?! Maybe I'm being too harsh though.


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

    No real change in emotions, a guy got killed after all so whilst historical and maybe necessary, i cannot in good conscience take pleasure in someone else's death, no matter how 'evil' they are perceived.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pogue Mahone
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    7/3/15
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    "Great story, well told!!"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Everything, I have books I like where I find the narration lacking but I enjoyed this fully, the narrator does a great job.


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

    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 :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline
    12/27/14
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    "Life as a Navy Seal the true sacrifices involved"
    Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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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