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The Finishing School Audiobook
The Finishing School
Written by: 
Dick Couch
Narrated by: 
Arthur Morey
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The Finishing School Audiobook

The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Trident

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Publisher's Summary

In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units - small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient - are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. But how are Navy SEALs made?

Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, in which they master such combat skills as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.

Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.

©2004 SEAL productions, LTD., Foreward copyright by 2004 Robert Kerry (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Couch is a well-qualified guide to this class of men who possess what he calls a relentless desire to fight and win as a team." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Glen 03-17-15
    Glen 03-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book to follow the Warrior Elite."
    Any additional comments?

    This book helped me to understand that Navy Seals go through a tremendous amount of training just to earn their Trident. The sacrifice and dedication that these elite servicemen have is amazing. This book truly put that into perspective for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 01-26-13
    Stephanie 01-26-13
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    "Great to see the life after BUDS"
    Would you listen to The Finishing School again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again just to be reminded just how much training there is after BUDS. The story you hear is always BUDS, and then all of a sudden you are a SEAL, but after listening to this book, there is at least 18 more months of intense training before you are a deploy-able Operator. It is amazing to hear about the training and schooling that goes into the making of a single Navy SEAL.


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    Rick White 05-24-16
    Rick White 05-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Well Done."

    Well Done, again Captain. I am not surprised by the Outstanding quality of this book. Thank you.

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    Luke Dickens 03-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Need to know"

    You need to know what our SEAL Teams do for us. And we can be better just by applying there way of life.

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    William COLD SPRING, NY, US 03-10-16
    William COLD SPRING, NY, US 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting take and information"

    Great information and interesting take of an old deal watching new seals train and develop. Definitely a must in the complete library and knowledge of the top military units and their regimen. Couch describes the mindsets of deals and top military superbly.

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    jason 11-17-15
    jason 11-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book but seemed long at points"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Finishing School to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the printed version I have a Audible account


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dick Couch? Why or why not?

    Yes absolutly, considering I already have.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    It was great


    Any additional comments?

    The book was very good overall. I really enjoyed learning about many of the different schools that seals can attend.
    I did feel that the book could have been a bit shorter at times but I understand the Authors desire to give the information to the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Jr. Alabama 05-21-15
    Steve Jr. Alabama 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book but..."

    Not as good as warrior elite but still a fantastic book. It is not as good because I felt like the writing was slower. The last hour of the book was a drag for me. But I still enjoyed every minute. What our Seals go through to become warriors is amazing. I'm blown away by the training they are required to achieve. As much as possible, Dick Couch brings to light what it means to become a Seal.

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    Charles 03-10-15
    Charles 03-10-15
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    "Good book, tough to listen to"

    The story was what you expect it to be. The narrator was painful to listen to. Try listening at 1.25 speed.

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    Jason 06-18-13
    Jason 06-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "part two"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Finishing School to be better than the print version?

    should be required reading for BUD/s recruits before entering BUD/S


    What did you like best about this story?

    it completed the journey of becoming a NAVY SEAL.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    HONOR COURAGE COMMITMENT HOO YAY


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-24-12

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "The Finishing School: Earning the Navy SEAL Triden"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think so. Some of it was boring and I sometimes found myself wishing it would hurry up and end. I like Dick Couch; he is a good writer and has good access to special forces so you get an in dept view. He also is very knowledgeable so you get a lot of details which can get a little boring.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dick Couch before, how does this one compare?

    This was the first, but I am listening to another right now and I liked this one a little better.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's performance was average.


    Was The Finishing School worth the listening time?

    Yes, I think so.


    Any additional comments?

    Dick Couch was a Vietnam era Navy SEAL officer. This gives him a knowledge on the subject that a civilian cannot have. It also gives him access to the special forces that a civilian does not have. This causes the books he writes to be very detailed. I guess you could see that as a good thing or you could think it makes it boring. I guess it's a matter of preference. I would recommend this book if you are looking for an insiders view of Naval Special Warfare Operator training. Well, more like a pre-training. If you are looking for an entertaining story you should look elsewhere. That is of coarse unless that sort of thing is entertaining to you. It is somewhat for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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