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Level Zero Heroes Audiobook

Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

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Publisher's Summary

In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley.

What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban’s stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.

From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Listeners will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-acked and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.

©2014 Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    B Mizz 07-03-15
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    "Worst narrator ever"

    This is such a great story but the narrator killed it. Way over acted with his tough guy talk. I had to buy the hard copy since I couldn't listen to this D Bag narrator anymore. This would be five stars if it weren't for him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 05-20-15
    Glenn Caboolture, Australia 05-20-15
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    "Disappointingly hard to listen to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who hasn't read much of this genre


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something narrated by Scott Brick


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    The "good old boy"is overdone and robs the story of credibility


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Level Zero Heroes?

    12 minute prologue, Nevada Desert. I.e. Everything I have read so far


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably a great story but the narration is a turn off

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, bad narrator"

    Fantastic book. The narrator tries too hard and sounds overly-intense, it is very distracting at first. He pronounces a lot of acronyms and phrases incorrectly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Asher A. Kenney 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book, Alright Narrator"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    I'm not sure who would have been a better narrator, but Peter Berkrot, while very into the story, made the main character sound far too whiney. At times when the character was making observations in relatively benign circumstances, Peter made him sound as though the world was crashing down. This definitely took away from the instances of real legitimate complaint and danger.I will give him credit for very few errors (later edited sentences). Great voice and dictator, just the wrong voice for this novel.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Marisa CA, USA 09-12-14
    Marisa CA, USA 09-12-14

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    "Excellent-"
    If you could sum up Level Zero Heroes in three words, what would they be?

    Heart-pounding, gritty, frustrating (the situation in Afghanistan)


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author captures "the brotherhood" of combat-arms servicemen.


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    He shifted accents frequently for the same characters. I could have done without his sound-effects of gunfire.


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

    There was one heart-breaking scene which perfectly illustrates the depravity of the Taliban


    Any additional comments?

    ORDER IT NOW

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't waste your time"

    This one can be chalked up to another one of those 'written to tell the story of others' when the majority of the book is the author making every attempt to distinguish himself and his actions from the others he claims to be honoring. Not a bad story but be prepared for some cheesy lines and hint of arrogance. Narrator made this almost impossible to finish, he sounds like the narrator from the 300 movie, which is cool for 5 minutes, then gets annoying. Sorry Peter Berkrot, you're probably a great guy but your voice is better served for movie previews not a 9 hour story.

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    Anselmo 08-08-16
    Anselmo 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "old time Marine"

    Shocking to hear what these brave men had to go through. They are men of Valor.

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    Rw 08-07-16
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    "Excellent t"

    Nothing more to say then a well written and interesting foray into the MARSOC world

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    Rick White 07-16-16
    Rick White 07-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    "Non sibi sed patriae".

    Fantastic read.

    Well done.

    These brave actions will never be forgotten.

    "Long live the Brotherhood."

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    Bobbi Clifford 05-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    Great story, could have gone on for longer. The ending is a bit of a disappointment.

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    ""great listen'"

    Loved the book, an loved listening to it more... so grateful for what these soldiers do. Cannot emphasize this a nuff...!

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