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  • Inside SEAL Team Six

  • My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors
  • By: Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

When Osama bin Laden was assassinated, the entire world was fascinated by the men who had completed the seemingly impossible mission that had dogged the US government for over a decade. SEAL Team 6 became synonymous with heroism, duty, and justice. Only a handful of the elite men who make up the SEALs, the US Navy's best and bravest, survive the legendary and grueling selection process that leads to Team 6, a group so classified it technically does not even exist. There are no better warriors on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I hated the darn Bleeping!

  • By Carlos on 11-23-11

Skip it until you've read EVERY OTHER spec ops

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

First and foremost, there's no denying Don Mann is a complete, total and utter badass. He's the epitome of "badass"...and he knows it.

In fact, this book is more about his "HOO RAH! I'M SUCH A BADASS" attitude in life than about anything pertaining to the SEALS. It's nothing but "I immediately INSERT AWESOME ACTION, thus proving that I'm the greatest INSERT ANY JOB FROM MEDIC TO COOK that has ever lived. I trained in INSERT ANYTHING FROM MEDICAL TO DOG GROOMING and loved every minute of INSERT ANY CRAPPY SITUATION THAT PROVES YOU ARE AWESOME. I overtrained so many times that I recieved INSERT ANY INJURTY THAT ONLY PROVES YOU ARE EVEN MORE OF A BADASS, SUCH AS RUNNING WITH A BROKEN FOOT, OR PUSH UPS WITH BROKEN SHOULDER! I ROCK SO HARD IT'S AMAZING MY HEAD HASN'T EXPLODED FROM THE AWESOME!!!"

There's nothing really pertaining to SEAL missions, and really only focuses on various stories that took place during a few training missions. These are the type of stories you'd tell your buddies while playing poker, except they're filled with so much "I'M SUCH A TOTAL AWESOME BADASS THAT I SHOULD BE GIVEN EVERY MEDAL...EVER!" that even your best friends would kick your ass and stop hanging with you.

On top of that, the book is filled with "confidential" parts that have to be bleeped, as required by "3 govermental agencies".

In actuality, it's bleeped as a gimmick to make you think there was really something confidential written in the book, but everything that is bleeped is freely written about in other books.. the term "Delta Force" is bleeped, the nicknames of the teams within SEAL TEAM 6, like Redmen, and Apaches, even the names of weapons and air force teams are bleeped. It's obvious there was NOTHING confidential written in this book. Hell, there are books that are titled 'DELTA FORCE' and this book bleeps that. It would be almost laughable, were it not so frustrating.

The stories Mann tells are "ok" at best. There's nothing in here worth really listening to. I've read MANY spec ops books, and honestly, this is the worst one I've ever found. don't get me wrong, if you're a spec ops junkie, you'll get some enjoyment from this, but on a scale of 1 to 10, if "INSIDE DELTA FORCE" or "ROGUE WARRIOR" would be considered a 10 (which I dont consider them a 10), this doesn't even rank. it's really bad.

It really gets disturbing how much Mann talks about how awesome he is. He even talks about his awesomness rubbing off on other people. Stories where he sits down, talks with his brother, who's hard into drugs, boozing, neglecting and abusing his family and beyond help, but after just one conversation with Don Mann, his brother goes on the wagon for 30 years, is now a sucessful business man and he owes it all to his wonderfully badass SEAL brother.

He talks about how he trained people, and then he tells THEIR stories of badassary, and takes credit. since, after all, he taught them whatever they used to be a badass. Even if they didn't use whatever he taught them.

The book reads like someone who is so desperate to be a Navy SEAL, that he makes up and lies about all the awesome SEAL stuff he's done, when in fact, he's done none of it.

I'm not suggesting Mann isn't a NAVY SEAL hero, or, obviously, a badass, but it's just so over the top, it's difficult to take seriously, especially when there's isn't more than 2 stories of actual SEAL missions. It's mostly training missions where something went wrong, he sprang into awesome action, saved millions of lives, taught hundreds of people who saved trillions of lives, and would be accepted into Hogwarts school of wizardry, if he wasn't so busy calling Chuck Norris a wuss to his face.

On top of all that, on top of all the nonsense stories and self ego stroking, he tells the story of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and actually GETS THE FACTS WRONG!

I swear, think back to that kid you knew growing up that lied about everything. that kid that was a constant "one upper" and had to do one up on anything you did, or at least tell a story where he had done one better, but never could do it when you were watching. Thinking of that kid? Good. Now imagine he wrote a book about being a SEAL, but instead of telling SEAL stories, he talks about all the marathons, iron mans and physical endurance contests he participated in while being a NAVY SEAL.

As I write this, i realize just how awful this book was. I'm surprised I even finished it.



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  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,057

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterpiece

  • By Robert on 05-24-13

Amazing, outstanding, breathtaking and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

First off, Kevin Pariseau completely rockets to the top of my all time favorite performances. George Guidell, even the mighty Frank Muller did not impress me to the level that Kevin does in this.

The story is one of the most intertwined and complete that I have ever known. I have never read another book that brings so much detail to the reader. It's presented in a way that is not overwhelming, and that fact is almost amazing in itself. The amount of war detail is as staggering as a history text book, but encompasses the story of a fictional family, fictional German generals, and fictional presidential aids. The fictional portions of this book are beautiful and described in complete detail, and dovetail utterly perfectly with the known facts and non fiction that surround WW2.

Still, after the amazing story, mind boggling ability of Wouk to weave a story so large, it can only be called an epic saga, and the impeccable WW2 history, I am still in awe over Kevin Pariseau's performance. It's amazing how he brings the characters to life. It's almost unfair to other narrators, because they have no chance to compare.

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