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  • American Spartan

  • The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant
  • By: Ann Scott Tyson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Some have called him "Lawrence of Afghanistan". To the Pashtun tribesmen he is "Commander Jim", leader of the "bearded ones". He is Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant, one of the most charismatic and controversial U.S. commanders of modern memory, a man who changed the face of America's war in Afghanistan when his critical white paper, "One Tribe at a Time", went viral at the Pentagon, the White House, and on Capitol Hill in 2009.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE TRUE ARMY OF ONE!!!"THE SPARTAN"

  • By Hunter on 07-17-14

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

The story was very well-told and engaging. It's difficult not to become emotionally invested in Major Gant's story. What was done to him was a disgrace and a black mark on the Army's record.

Thank you Jim for your service to our country and the Afghan people. You're an inspiration, a patriot, and despite what some pinhead say, you're the true embodiment of what it means to be a green beret.

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,132

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required reading

  • By A. R. S. on 04-17-17

Terrible. Partisan, anti-Trump ranting.

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

The correct title for this book would be "Why Trump is Hitler Reincarnated." This author clearly believes that only print journalists are intellectually honest and therefore capable of reporting the news. This book is just a lesson on how to selectively draw parallels between Trump and Hitler while completely discounting any similar parallels to Obama or Clinton (or a pile of other politicians for that matter.)

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

  • First, Fast, Fearless

  • How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL
  • By: Brian Hiner
  • Narrated by: Scott R. Pollak
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Competing in the global economy isn't unlike guerrilla warfare. Your competitors come at you from unexpected places with surprising force, and the marketplace is constantly shifting. As a leader, what do you do to empower your business and your people not only to survive but to thrive—and win? First, Fast, Fearless is a practical guide for the business leader who wants to learn from the best of the best how to build and lead effective teams in conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and constant change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent leadership book

  • By Alex on 04-07-18

excellent leadership book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

the information in this book is exceptional. It is not exceptional because it is Earth shattering or rocket science, but rather simply because they are fundamental truths written in a very easy to understand straightforward way. This is not a book full of theory and Academia. instead it's chock-full of practical and applicable strategies and ideas.

  • On Killing

  • The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
  • By: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Narrated by: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More to it than I knew.

  • By Larsen on 09-12-11

great info, lousy narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

although sometimes the content was a bit like a textbook, I did thoroughly enjoy the book. The authors insights were excellent and I learned a lot. The narrator though completely ruined everything. Inconsistent volume mumbling, and trailing off at the ends of words, made it impossible to understand sometimes.

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  • Fearless

  • The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,149

When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn’t know he would die that night in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan - but he was ready: In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, "I’m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on this earth, because I know no matter what, nothing can take my spirit from me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • touching. very touching.

  • By Donnie Cooper on 05-27-12

Exceptionally good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I've read 2-3 dozen books on the SEALs and other special operators and this easily ranks among the top few. Adam Brown was an amazing man and his story was gripping. Thank you Mr. Blehm for telling this story.

  • Not a Good Day to Die

  • The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda
  • By: Sean Naylor
  • Narrated by: John Henry Cox
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Division flew into Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kotvalley - and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, high-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 50/50

  • By Ann on 11-14-16

Fascinating but a little dry

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

The first several hours are a little dry but about half way thru it picks up and becomes very good

  • Hammerhead Six

  • How Green Berets Waged an Unconventional War Against the Taliban to Win in Afghanistan's Deadly Pech Valley
  • By: Ronald Fry, Tad Tuleja - contributor
  • Narrated by: Ronald Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 575

In 2003, the Special Forces soldiers entered an area later called "the most dangerous place in Afghanistan". Here, where the line between civilians and armed zealots was indistinct, they illustrated the Afghan proverb "I destroy my enemy by making him my friend." Fry recounts how they were seen as welcome guests rather than invaders. Soon after their deployment ended, the Pech Valley reverted to turmoil. Their success was never replicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just Another War Story

  • By Jason on 02-28-16

Fascinating and engaging

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-17

I've read more than 20 of these special ops books and this is definitely a top 5. If you're looking for tales of direct action, this isn't that book. This is a tale of how a small team of green berets were able to engage in unconventional warfare and win the hearts and minds of the toughest Afghans. Definitely worth the read... Terrific book about some amazing men.

  • Navy Seal: Self Discipline

  • Greatest Lessons of the Toughest Soldiers
  • By: Antonius Houston
  • Narrated by: Sean Lenhart
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

It sucks. It sucks to be ill-discipline and live a stagnant life, a repetitive life. A Navy SEAL is one who has mastered the art of self-discipline. They are the elites who are courageous under fire and honorable no matter the adversities. Walk through the lessons that we can learn from the best of the best. You are going to learn the most important lessons of self-discipline and many other principles from the best of the best.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Booklet! This was over in minutes

  • By Nate Lindquist on 01-14-18

Useless fluff

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-17

there is really no substance to this book whatsoever. you'll get a lot more out of Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink or Unbreakable by Thom Shae

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  • Roberts Ridge

  • A True Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur Ghar Mountain, Afghanistan
  • By: Malcolm MacPherson
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

For the U.S. Navy's elite team of SEALs, the mission seemed straightforward enough: to take control of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain peak called Takur Ghar, a key post in their plan to smash Taliban al Qaeda in eastern Afghanistan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's an Account.....

  • By Jeffery on 01-27-09

Glad the story was told but it was a little dry

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-17

it was hard to get an emotional connection to the people in the book. It reads a little bit like a very detailed Mission debrief, almost encyclopedic.

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,492

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat

  • By Michael J Canning on 01-25-14

Unbelievably good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

if you've seen the movie you have no idea how much better this book is. this is my 13th Navy SEAL book and it is in the top three for sure.