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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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    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 09-25-12
    Pedro Oliveira Jr. Sao Paulo, SP Brazil 09-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very important historical document"
    What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

    I was very curious about the operation Geronimo that killed UBL. That book answered most of my questions


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    Jared Brunswick Hills, OH, United States 09-25-12
    Jared Brunswick Hills, OH, United States 09-25-12
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    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cliff LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 09-25-12
    cliff LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written, sets the record straight."
    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Non fiction, straight to the facts. The book flowed great in Audible form. Couldn't put it down.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor 09-24-12
    Trevor 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT READ"
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    This is an awesome inside look at a part of the military few know about. I enjoyed every minute of it. This guy and his fellow team mates are true heroes.

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    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 09-24-12
    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 09-24-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Good Firsthand account"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Good, Fast & Concise


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

    Seal Target Geronimo , same story but I different Perspective.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was just a good clean reading, he kept it interesting.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Well written firsthand account, interesting from beginning to end, and I can see why the Whitehouse didn’t want it to get out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grandspud So Cal 09-22-12
    Grandspud So Cal 09-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Worn Book Recipe, Only 1/3 About OBL"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read many military books and this one follows the same, old mold. Training chapters, guy stuff chapters... then finally at the end the interesting stuff. The prose is better than most but this book will not be a classic. All the hype over "classified information" in the book is surely just hype.

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    Catherine D. Schafer 09-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Truck Driver

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    "Duped again!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an entertaining story but it feels contrived. Maybe the significance of the actions are what belittles the story telling. I found the authors disingenuous. That is not to say I didn't believe he may well have done the things he said he did. I just felt that his telling of the story was a version of actual events. It did not feel like the actual truth.


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

    I would welcome a more honest book by the authors.


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

    Was not memorable. That is to say I felt the performance was enhanced by the neutrality of the narration.


    Do you think No Easy Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs a follow up book by another member of the dev-gru team. Not by these authors. I might listen to another tale from the authors however I fear another book would probably only make it to my wish list.


    Any additional comments?

    I was jaded by Bravo 2 Zero by Andy McNab and the controversy that it sparked. I am drawn to listen to the elite world of specialized soldiers, I just wish the amazing skills they have could translate into great story telling skills. I forgive them that it rarely does. I appreciate all they do for the free world.

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    Earl 09-21-12
    Earl 09-21-12
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    "Awesome book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    yes puts you right in the action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walt, Liked his sense of humor


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He read it with a feeling that he was Mark


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-21-12
    Teri AnnElizabeth Virginia, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "MY FIRST REVIEW! I LOVED IT!"
    Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

    YES!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the truth was told about the brave men who killed UBL. Oh, and definitely that those brave guys got him. It was great to know that at least justice was served...unexpected, swift and fast.... Just like UBL plotted and had executed the horrible tragedy of 9/11! He was definitely surprised and he hadn't even had time to use his "Just For Men" that the guys found in the bathroom!


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    It was done well.


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

    Can't really say just one!...but I'm really glad the truth is out there now. I know they don't fight for "acknowledgement", but between the politicians and the crazy "internet conspiracy" theories, it was time someone who was actually there got to tell the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad that I read it. At first I thought, after reading, that this author had done something horrible. But after reading reviews from other Navy Seals, retired or otherwise, I realized they weren't angry. Seems as though the people who are actually angry are in this current administration.I've never listened to any book about the military before, but after this one I've since listened to American Sniper by Chris Kyle, The Warrior Elite, by Dick Couch and my favorite out of all, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell. It was awesome that the BUD/S class that Dick Couch is observing and writing about is Class 228 that Marcus graduated from. He mentions Marcus several times in the book. I can't wait to read Marcus' next book :Service: A Navy Seal At War. I have so much respect and am truly in awe of all of our women and men in the military! I am so thankful for them - these books just reminded me that they are fighting for my freedom.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    diane Newhall, CA, United States 09-21-12
    diane Newhall, CA, United States 09-21-12
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    "amazing read!"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    amazing rendition of facts


    What did you like best about this story?

    the truth


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

    yes, great!


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

    I only laughed once but I cryed at the end with his touching sacrifice


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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