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  • Delta Force

  • A Memoir by the Founder of the U.S. Military's Most Secretive Special-Operations Unit
  • By: Charlie A. Beckwith, Donald Knox
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

Wanted: Volunteers for Project Delta. Will guarantee you a medal. A body bag. Or both. With this call to arms, Charlie Beckwith revolutionized American armed combat. Beckwith's acclaimed memoir tells the story of Delta Force as only its maverick creator could tell it - from the bloody baptism of Vietnam to the top-secret training grounds of North Carolina to political battles in the upper levels of the Pentagon itself. This is the heart-pounding, first-person insider's view of the missions that made Delta Force legendary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Military History

  • By Drew on 02-01-15

Not the high speed adventure you'd hope

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

So the presenter wasn't bad at all. A little slow for my preference but easily remedied at 1.25 speed.
Unfortunately the story was quite disappointing.
After covering his initial career quite well in Vietnam and as SAS exchange officer, the rest becomes a saga of the political trappings of an ambitious senior army officer. There is an abundance of name dropping of top generals and generally speaking, talks more to the logistics and administrative difficulties of setting up delta force more than anything else.
Not recommended for anyone below the rank of Major...

  • Ego Is the Enemy

  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,481

"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." (From the prologue)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good content, tedious performance

  • By Jefferson Lam on 07-28-16

Great book, last 90 minutes, not so much

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

To clarify, the message and content of "ego is the enemy" is great. I have read the hard copy and it is filled with notes and sticky flags.
That said, I was extremely disappointed that the overall listed length of the audiobook is false. From the epilogue, it goes strait into an (already available) Tim Ferris podcast. Ironically, he is one of the most subliminally egotistical, braggart celebrities that comes to mind, whether he's casually name dropping, listing his past successes or new toys/acquisitions. Furthermore, Ryan Holiday, who I had previously respected as a non-biased author philosopher goes into a bit of a political rant.
Very disappointing.
Grab the book, take notes, and save yourself the misleading audiobook+podcast.

  • Raising Men

  • Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons
  • By: Eric Davis, Dina Santorelli - contributor
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

After Eric Davis spent over 16 years in the military, including a decade in the SEAL teams, his family was more than used to his absence on deployments and secret missions that could obscure his whereabouts for months at a time. Without a father figure in his own life since the age of 15, Eric was desperate to maintain the bonds he'd fought so hard to forge when his children were young - particularly with his son, Jason, because he knew how difficult it was to face the challenge of becoming a man on one's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, insightful, funny and humbling.

  • By Steven on 05-05-16

Interesting Concepts, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

This book's content, like many other SEAL authored titles, is highly repetitive regarding aspects of training (ie BUDS). I enjoyed the discussions on fatherhood and will likely buy the hardcover to finish as I only made it about an hour into the audiobook.
My primary issue was the narrator. I tend to not listen to the sample clip, which I regret in this instance. I didn't care for him at all.
Additionally, it gets quite confusing as the author has included excerpts from family and friends in the middle f the text, and it becomes easy to get mixed up in who is currently "talking" at which points. Makes it seem quite disjointed.

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The Way of the SEAL
    Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
    
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        Mark Divine,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    1,894 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Way of the SEAL

  • Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed
  • By: Mark Divine, Allyson Edelhurtz Machate
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

Ex-navy commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience, and uncanny intuition. Blending the tactics he learned from America's elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be. Learn to think like a SEAL, and take charge of your destiny at work, home and in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute must read

  • By Chris on 08-15-15

Not a stand-alone book.m

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

While covering some interesting concepts, this is not one which I recommend as an audiobook. The exercises should be read and practiced. Furthermore, this book is really part of a set. In order to benefit, you would also have to read (not merely listen to) "Unbeatable Mind" and Mark's Sealfit book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful