The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.
This is easily one of my favorite books of all time - especially the audio version. Originally, Mr. Krakauer narrated the book which made it even better because he was emotionally attached to the story since he lived it. His narration was masterful, to say the least. I had purchased this book a couple of years ago and had listened to it twice, but after seeing the movie Everest recently, I decided to listen to it again. Since I had recently purchased a new phone, I had to re-download the book and to my horror - there is a new narrator! While he does a fine job, it is no where near the caliber of Mr Krakauer's work. I was told this was the decision of the publisher. Thanks a lot guys, you have completely ruined the audio version of this book!!!
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Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.
If you could sum up Lone Survivor in three words, what would they be?
Thrilling, Heartbreaking and Awesome
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Any additional comments?
This book is fantastic! Do yourself a favor and get it! There were points during the story of the battle that I was literally holding my breath. It is well written and Marcus Luttrell is humble and always pays tribute to his fallen brothers. There is not one ounce of conceit or arrogance.
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.
What disappointed you about American Sniper?
The overall book was not great. It jumps all over the place. Which makes it really hard to plug into his story. Every time it started to get interesting, he jumps to another topic. I also found myself almost disliking Chris Kyle, even though I wanted to root for him so much. He comes off very cocky and arrogant. While he does attempt to throw in the occasional "I couldn't do anything without my brothers" - it feels so forced and disingenuous. I am so grateful to Chris Kyle for his service but I had to force myself to finish this book. I would not recommend it.
What didn’t you like about John Pruden’s performance?
The narrator's performance was horrible.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
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