"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.
Mark Bowden tells a really great story, and he obviously had very good source access.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry guys, I'm returning this one.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
The story is about everything that lead up to the now-famous raid.
I like the details of the intelligence hunt. It was very interesting.
The parts about the highly technical computer programs!
Bowden does it again!
Very disappointing. I found Black Hawk down far more compelling.
Absolutely not....I had the volume turned up and still couldn't hear him clearly. What was the need to whisper.
Not really, thought No Easy Day was very interesting and compelling.
Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.
The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA
He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.
The author could have stuck to the facts and the story, instead of dedicating nearly the entire book to promoting his pro-Obama agenda.
I never write bad reviews on here, it's pretty rare, so you know it's bad.
No, other authors in this genre don't write a book in the hopes of getting their candidate elected. Most are unbiased and care about the "facts."
No, he was quiet...unless the preview shows better.
Probably 80% of it. Nearly the entire book is a "rah rah Obama!" pep rally.
I was really really disappointed as Mark Bowden's book on the Mogadishu incident was so much better. I've known that Mark Bowden is clearly a Democrat, and that's fine, but wow, this book is just sad. I can't recommend it.
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.
Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.
"The Finish." is an informative though not especially exciting account of the Bin Laden raid. Bowden is a more mature writer than the author of "No Easy Day," but if you've read or listened to the latter there isn't much more to be learned from the former.
I didn't like the narration by James Lurie. He comes off like he's over-selling the machismo angle of the whole enterprise or sounding like the narrator from that TV show "City Confidential." And his voice is low and gruff and not easily heard over background noises if you're listening while exercising.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
It's such a compelling story, and I think the author did an awesome job of telling the story as it happened. He is an evenhanded, fair and rational narrator and earns a ton of credibility from treating everyone objectively.
The blow-by-blow description of the operation to get Bin Laden was riveting.
The whole thing is a moving story about people working hard and taking chances and putting themselves in a position to accomplish something incredibly difficult. It's a really moving book that makes you proud to be an American.
Highly recommended. It's one of those books that I had to listen to in small doses because I didn't want it to end.
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