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The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden | [Mark Bowden]

The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded.
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Publisher's Summary

"There wasn’t a meeting when someone didn’t mention Black Hawk Down."
—A senior Obama Administration official, as quoted in The New York Times, on May 2, 2011

From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. The story focuses on Bin Laden, who maintained a stream of despairing correspondence in hiding in the year before his death, and on President Obama, perceived by many as an anti-war candidate, whose evolving views and enormous responsibilities have turned him into one of the most determined warriors to ever inhabit the White House.

Bowden's book is an unrivaled account of the most high-profile special-forces operation ever to have been undertaken, and a pause-resistant narrative of how the man behind 9/11 was finally brought to justice.

©2012 Mark Bowden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Shopper24 11-08-12
    Shopper24 11-08-12
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    "Bowden's lost his writer's mojo"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Bowden again?

    I'd definitely purchase "Killing Pablo" because I read the book, but his later work "Worm" (and "The Finish") is like being stuck in the land of diminishing returns. The quality and style have weakened significantly. That really is a disappointment because I wanted to enjoy this, but couldn't.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Lurie?

    Scott Brick, Bronson Pinchot, Campbell Scott, Will Patton - I agree with one of the other prior complaints - in addition to everything else, that narrator reads the entire book in a tone as if he's revealing a very hush-hush secret. Bizarre. Throws off the pace of the story completely.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry guys, I'm returning this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sheehan 04-07-15
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    "Author's political views are a real distraction"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Removal of Mr Bowden's apparent (to me) political biases.


    What could Mark Bowden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Y'all can mark me down as 'former' fan of Mr Bowden (e.g., 'Blackhawk Down' and 'Guests of the Ayatollah'). While his hagiograhical portrayal of President Barack H Obama pushed the envelope a bit of what would be should have been considered to be a dispassionate recounting of the tale ... his gratuitous cheap shots at President George W Bush simply went beyond the pale.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M 02-08-15
    M 02-08-15
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    "Do not BUY......."

    You should only purchase this book, if you are looking for a rah, rah cheerleading of President Obama's hand in the killing of UBL, that and a typical liberal's bashing of 43. The only item the author left out was how 44 kicked in the door and took out UBL himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Boca Raton Fl. 02-04-15
    Michael Boca Raton Fl. 02-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very dry!!"

    I like this writer and respect his approach but the book is just to dry. I am a facts person but this book was a waste of time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Goodman 11-22-12
    W. Goodman 11-22-12
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    "Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks"
    What made the experience of listening to The Finish the most enjoyable?

    Mark Bowden tells a really great story, and he obviously had very good source access.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The descriptions of how the Obama team made the decision to kill bin Laden and why were fascinating and a very good look into national decision making on critical issues facing our country. McRaven comes off looking like a badass.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator thinks that whispering makes him sound more mysterious. Or maybe he just likes to whisper. Anyway, his voice acting contributed nothing to the story and eventually became distracting from it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 11-06-12
    Jason Patterson, LA, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.

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    "The story is in the Details!"
    What did you love best about The Finish?

    The story is about everything that lead up to the now-famous raid.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the details of the intelligence hunt. It was very interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The parts about the highly technical computer programs!


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Bowden does it again!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JMM Fl 10-20-12
    JMM Fl 10-20-12 Member Since 2015

    Mystery Lover

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    "Listen to No Easy Day...much better"
    Would you try another book from Mark Bowden and/or James Lurie?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Bowden again?

    Very disappointing. I found Black Hawk down far more compelling.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Lurie’s performances?

    Absolutely not....I had the volume turned up and still couldn't hear him clearly. What was the need to whisper.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, thought No Easy Day was very interesting and compelling.


    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mckenna 10-18-12
    K. Mckenna 10-18-12

    Dunlop

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    "Speak up please..."
    What did you love best about The Finish?

    Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA


    What aspect of James Lurie???s performance would you have changed?

    He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.


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

    Yes.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry 11-07-12
    Gerry 11-07-12
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    "Nothing but an Obama love fest"
    Would you try another book from Mark Bowden and/or James Lurie?

    maybe


    What could Mark Bowden have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Give the credit to the people that did the hard work


    What aspect of James Lurie’s performance would you have changed?

    not slobber all ove Obama


    What character would you cut from The Finish?

    Their wear a lot of good Americans that died getting us to the point, that made it possible to kill bin Laden.


    Any additional comments?

    there was a good story that could have been told but they preferred to make it political

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Great disappointment"
    What disappointed you about The Finish?

    A great story ruined by a sycophantic obsession with making President Obama out as the great hero. This came out too near the election for me to believe that this was a coincidence. There were a lot of dedicated and brave people involved in getting Osama, not just the President!


    Would you recommend The Finish to your friends? Why or why not?

    Very unlikely!


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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