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
the narrator was very good to a pretty poor story.
The narration was very good.
Best recount of combat I've read so far.
Compares well to American Sniper.
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.
this is an excellent book, give a good picture into the life of the navy seals and it was very enjoyable
I don't have time to sit and read any longer and can only really get interested in audio books. I don't think you lose anything by going to an audio book. I just can't tell people I read a book, I have to tell them that I listened to it.
There are other books on Seal Team training and activities on Audible. I thought that they were all good and worth reading (listening to).
I think that the actual explanation of the Bin Ladin raid was my favorite part. Having served 24 years as a Navy Intel Officer, I thought it was very interesting. I was still in the service during the time of this raid and I can tell you, it was kept very quiet.
No, it was just a good accurate depiction of what Seal Team 6 is all about.
I don't know what all the fuss is about, other than the fact that the story from a guy who was THERE contradicts the "official" political spin.
This is a direct accounting of what happened, without any national secrets divulged. The author's motives for writing this down are simple. He didn't like the way that politics started to spin inaccurate stories about what happened in the raid. I am glad he wrote this story.
If you like action and adventure, you will enjoy this book.
This was a wonderful inside look at how the special operations live there lives, ending in a detailed account of the raid on Bin Laden's compound.
It was an enjoyable story and interesting to hear the firsthand account, but there wasn't much more than I already knew from other accounts
Told in first person, which gave it a stronger feel of being there when it happened
Overall enjoyable and gives you a feel for what exactly happened, but contrary to what the author may think, there wasn't anything particularly revealing from a factual standpoint. Also, despite some protests from military insiders, I highly doubt there was anything secret revealed beyond what is already available -- it also seemed to be cleansed of revealing facts.
The simple truth
The author made you feel like you were right there in the story.
I finished the book wondering why the Obama administration has has a bad reaction to the book.
I would recommend the book since it was well written and informative. It went through the Seal training the raid and it's aftermath.
I don't consider this the best, but merely the most striking point. I was saddened and angered with respect to the the naive and haphazard approach taken with regards to the security measures taken following the raid. We could have scored a major coup if only the "chest beaters" in Washington had given ample time to disseminate the valuable information captured during the raid instead of attempting to gain political points for something they had no part in other than giving the Green light. The fact that the Seal Team 6 group was identified as being those who had carried out the raid within 4 hours of the President going on the air displays an extreme breach in our ability to keep things secret which need to be kept secret. This point, far from being what I consider to be the best, was certainly the most disturbing. What would have happened in World War II if it had been broadcast when we got the information from the captured "Enigma" or when our intelligence community broke the Japanese code and took out Admiral Yamamoto ?
I thought that the information was narrated well. The story, as told, kept my attention and never became boring or monomtonous.
I don't know. Maybe "Mission Accomplished - Warriors Compromised".
None that can be recorded here.
This book is written in a very straight forward manner probably much like the author seems to approach life. I personally loved it. It gives a great insight into the sacrifices that these men make every day to keep us safe. Thank you for your service!
"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.
"Like hearing history in the making"
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?!
The actual facts of the raid, the equipment used and why it was used.
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.
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.
"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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