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Outlaw Platoon Audiobook

Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

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Publisher's Summary

In combat, men measure up. Or don't. There are no second chances.

In this vivid account of the U.S. Army's legendary 10th Mountain Division's heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan, Captain Sean Parnell shares an action-packed and highly emotional true story of triumph, tragedy, and the extraordinary bonds forged in battle.

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush. Barely surviving the attack, Parnell's men now realized that they faced the most professional and seasoned force of light infantry the U.S. Army had encountered since the end of World War II.

What followed was 16 months of close combat, over the course of which the platoon became Parnell's family: from Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson, the wise, chain-smoking veteran who never lost his cool; to Specialist Robert Pinholt, a buttoned-down conservative with the heart of a warrior and the mind of an economist; to Staff Sergeant Phil Baldwin, the platoon's voice of calm and reason, a man who sacrificed everything following the events of 9/11 - career, home, financial stability - to serve his country. But the cost of battle was high for these men: Over 80 percent were wounded in action, putting their casualty rate among the highest since Gettysburg, and not all of them made it home.

A searing and unforgettable story of friendship in battle, Outlaw Platoon brings to life the intensity and raw emotion of those 16 months, showing how the fight reshaped the lives of Parnell and his men and how the love and faith they found in one another ultimately kept them alive.

This audiobook is enhanced with a downloadable PDF containing photographs from the hardcover edition.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Sean Parnell (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Eric Ankudavicius 11-03-15
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    "intense and exciting"

    Loved it. Did not want to stop listening. The narrator made me feel like I was their.

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    Dolly 11-02-15
    Dolly 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Extremely well written, and very well read."

    At this point, I'm actively seeking out war memoirs that are narrated by Ray Porter. The quality of his reading is fantastic. As far as the book itself goes, the writing style is on point and the book easy pulls you in and forces you to feel excited, tense, or angry along with the Rangers as events unfold. This book definitely stands in a class of its own.

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    "Interesting and Compelling"

    One of the most interesting and compelling books about war that I've listened to, although perhaps glorifying war a bit.

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    Chris 10-16-15
    Chris 10-16-15

    If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!

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    "A must read, or listen..."

    One of the better military history books I've listened to, ever. The performance was well done, other than a couple of mispronounced military jargon words, storyline was fast paced and the book really kept my attention. Normally I only listen while commuting to work, but I found myself plugging in my earphones around the house to listen. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.

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    Nicole 10-15-15
    Nicole 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrative masterpiece"

    Parnell's account should be required reading in college level courses, especially courses geared toward political science and history. The narrative is constructed with keen attention to the physical, psychological and emotional side effects of battle, while illuminating a complex situation/culture in the Middle East. Without the injection of distracting politics and bias, this is one of the best non-fiction novels I have read that outlines the scope of national security bureaucracy from a soldier's honest experience. All Americans should read this book, or listen to Ray Porter's EXCELLENT and engaging narration of the text. Bravo Parnell

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    Jason P. Sweeney San Diego, CA 09-28-15
    Jason P. Sweeney San Diego, CA 09-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Excellent book. Buy it and enjoy."

    I only write reviews of military non-fiction when the book is superb. This one is a must read, one of the best I've read in years.

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    justin turnbow 08-19-15
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    very good st letting us see the heart of a leader and the evil that our soldiers face

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    C. T 08-07-15
    C. T 08-07-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. No-stop action and gut wrenching story.


    What other book might you compare Outlaw Platoon to and why?

    Perhaps No Easy Day? Not sure if one really compares. Perhaps Lone Survivor?


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    The main character is narrated beautifully, and Staff Sergeant Greg Greeson as well. Ray Porter has a way of portraying characters with enough color to really give the story life and a cinematic quality without over doing it.


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

    In some parts, especially toward the end Ray Porter seems to be moved by the story himself as he is reading. His voice chokes a bit and I don't think it was acting. His emotional response to the story, as the main character is experiencing it added another level of authenticity and emotion to the story. It is as if you are experiencing what the author was, but also experiencing what Ray Porter is experiencing. I haven't been moved by an audio book the way this book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it and listen. Prepare for a wild ride.

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    Keith 07-23-15
    Keith 07-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A fantastic account of how things really happened."

    I could not stop listening. I stand in awe of what warriors go through, and still maintain their humanity.

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    Erik 07-22-15
    Erik 07-22-15
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    "Excellent novel"

    This book is powerful and moving, it tells the stories of true heroes. You will find yourself emotionally attached to these strong men.

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