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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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    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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    Um...Anonymous Reviewer 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.

    3 of 4 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 2010

    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.


    11 of 16 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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    Parham 10-25-12
    Parham 10-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "No need for the liberal political bias."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Has The Finish turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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."


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

    No, he was quiet...unless the preview shows better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Finish?

    Probably 80% of it. Nearly the entire book is a "rah rah Obama!" pep rally.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    10 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 07-06-13
    Brian Lexington, KY, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Authors I like: Patrick O'Brian, Frederick Forsyth, Jane Austen, John Le Carre, Alan Furst, Jon Krakauer, Ernest Hemingway.

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    "Not especially exciting or interesting"

    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 01-15-13
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "Gives You The Chills"
    What made the experience of listening to The Finish the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blow-by-blow description of the operation to get Bin Laden was riveting.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 12-20-12
    Gary 12-20-12
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    "Good book"
    What did you love best about The Finish?

    It was detailed while bing intertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Finish?

    When they actually shot him.


    What does James Lurie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That we really did not know a lot about this from news reports.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I picked up in this book that bothered me a little bit was how Barack Oboma was made to look like he is a great president. He did his job I would have expected any president to have done this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Valley Springs, CA, United States 11-14-12
    Wayne Valley Springs, CA, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Far to much information about President Obama."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More information about the warriors who planned and executed the attack and less time spent pumping up President Obama.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another verson of killing Bin Ladin.


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

    No comment.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Happy Bin Ladin was killed but disapointed about this verson of the events.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not reccomend this verson of the the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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