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The Outpost Audiobook
The Outpost
Written by: 
Jake Tapper
Narrated by: 
Rob Shapiro
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The Outpost Audiobook

The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor

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Publisher's Summary

At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.

The Outpost is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C., and a war built on constantly shifting sands.

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©2012 Jake Tapper (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    mark 04-05-13
    mark 04-05-13
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    "frustrating, sad, hard to follow"
    Would you try another book from Jake Tapper and/or Rob Shapiro?

    yes


    Did The Outpost inspire you to do anything?

    write my first review


    Any additional comments?

    The story sheds light on the poor planning of the military. The story is all over the place with way to many characters to follow

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    Ezequiel Miami, FL, United States 04-03-13
    Ezequiel Miami, FL, United States 04-03-13
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    ""True Valor""

    Great listen and narrator! The amazing courage and drive of our American soldiers in places that the odds are completely against you every single day.

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    Zelma 03-31-13
    Zelma 03-31-13
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    "A Must read for ALL American's!!!"
    Where does The Outpost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far the best audiobook I have experienced.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The ability of the narrator to take you into the scenes and make you feel part of every moment these guys experienced, was intriguing. It is hard to put into words how the author and narrator made you feel like you knew these guys and were right there during their darkest moments. It was bone chilling and heart wrenching.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    Rob Shapiro did an outstanding job narrating this book. His voice was calm and yet it felt as if his sensitivity to the material was so thoughtfully handled as he caressed each word in honor of each and every soldier in the book.


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

    I will have to say that from the beginning of the book to the very last page moved me and many times I cried so hard it hurt, I laughed at their jokes and whit at the most inappropriate moments and I got angry at how these guys were put in such a ridiculous place and yet no one in the upper echelons of the Army would make the necessary changes, especially when all the money was being fed to the war in Iraq.

    There are many moments that will stay with me in this book, forever. The loss of the brave soldiers who fought so vigilently and died for thier country. The courage of each and every one of the troops who served in each of the Outposts, especially Keating. The entire book from beginning to end impacted me and makes me angry how our media has just blown over this war from the very beginning and only gave notice to what was happening in Iraq or even what Paris Hilton was doing.

    The final battle moved me the most as well as the fate of Faulkner, who like me, is a North Carolina native. That tore me apart.


    Any additional comments?

    What have we learned from this war and what have we sacrificed? Will it be in vain? Would it have been different had Bush put more resources into eliminating the same bad guys who attacked us on 9/11 and not put so much emphasis into Iraq, what the heck was he and Rumsfeld thinking? If these guys had of had the manpower and airpower they needed, would the outcome have been different? Had the Generals in the Army given more energy into listening to the concerns and needs of these guys at each of the Outposts, especially COP Keating, would things have turned out differently? Would the guys who died in each of the attacks had a different outcome and still be alive. Had the VA been more staffed to handle PTSD and TBI's, would Faulkner still be alive.

    A complete list of failures our Government committed in this tragedy should never be forgotten and I have to give it to Obama, he really has shown me a different side that I did not know existed. Additionally, rewarding the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha this year was a nice end to such a tragic day.

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    Bob 03-25-13
    Bob 03-25-13
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    "BEST READ - FICTION OR NON-FICTION - TO DATE"
    What made the experience of listening to The Outpost the most enjoyable?

    Depth of the author's research and amount of detail he includes in the book.


    What other book might you compare The Outpost to and why?

    Reads like something Barry Eisler or Lee Child might have written as fiction


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    Not relevant


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

    Yes, but it is too long to do so. Took me a couple weeks to get through it.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the money and the time spent reading it. I'm just really upset that the events in the book actually happened. Hard to believe our military would do that to our own people.

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    Carol 03-20-13
    Carol 03-20-13
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    "Abysmal"
    What disappointed you about The Outpost?

    I started this thinking it would be gripping, interesting and a learning experience. I quit it after hearing the endless accounts of how the soldiers are maimed, unable to be attended in a timely manner, and about the idiocy of the management of the military from the top down. I saw the young man receive the President's medal of honor recently and felt it was my duty to see the tale to the end since this young man was in the same area the book details. I have now had all I can possibly stand of this account of a hater that hates the military and all that it represents, the details of the blood and guts, the monotone reader and wish I had the time back I have invested.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jake Tapper again?

    Doubt it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful, monotone.


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    J. Parker 03-18-13
    J. Parker 03-18-13

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    "A very good read"
    If you could sum up The Outpost in three words, what would they be?

    Very informative story


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

    The final battle for COP Keating


    Have you listened to any of Rob Shapiro’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First one


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story made me feel as thought I was stantioned at the COP from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John 03-05-13
    John 03-05-13
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    "Would Recommend to Soldiers and family members"

    I was in Afghanistan from 06-08. The culture of the Army is "I will fight were I am told to fight, and I will win where I fight" and Afghanistan tested that culture and expounded on why it doesn’t always benefit the Soldiers.

    I'm not sure if someone who wasn't there would understand some of the underlying themes in this book. If you are listening to the book for the battles or for an understanding of how we fought the war, this is a pretty good account. However, if you experienced the war, it will just validate how under manned and under resourced we were. I personally got sick to my stomach listening to this book but it was a rewarding experience at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc PLAINWELL, MI, United States 02-25-13
    Marc PLAINWELL, MI, United States 02-25-13
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    "Gripping account, great research, accurate facts!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book on our troops fighting in Afghanistan stands out among most of the war history books I've read. The author's research is phenomenal and his attention to detail is appreciated. From politics to battle scenes to families morning the loss of loved ones, this book tells all and doesn't hold much back. The book will move you in some fashion.


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    Pete Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-09-13
    Pete Rohnert Park, CA, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great introduction to war in Afghanistan."
    Would you listen to The Outpost again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. It's a very complex and interesting story of brave men and women willing to sacrifice for there country. This novel is also great at understanding the cultural differences and how our soldiers tried to win this war.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Book almost reads like fiction, very interesting and easy to get into. The stories of family and friends finding out someone has died was heartbreaking, but necessary. I feel I understand at least a little of how these guys have suffered for this country.


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

    He has a very conversational style about how he reads the book. I can imagine the soldier standing in front of me repeating what he has said.


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

    The lengths we went to to avoid fighting with the afghans, counterinsurgency, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 01-23-13
    Mary 01-23-13
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    "Surprisingly Very enjoyable even for me, a female"
    If you could sum up The Outpost in three words, what would they be?

    Very emotional in two words.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It made me feel as if I was there.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    There was not a favorite per se.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book and everyone should be donating or volunteering for a group that does something for our active military and for our veterans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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