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  • The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Jon Bailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,554

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" that makes his story so compelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story/horrible narrator

  • By Lobo11 on 08-20-12

Brandon Webb- Sniper gold

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

I can't imagine the countless lives Brandon has saved because of his attention to detail as sniper instructor. This a great memoir of his life and service. He tells a few bonus stories at the end that had me laughing pretty hard about Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,348
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,423

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 04-29-15

If these men can survive something like this and forgive their captors my problems seem trivial! Great book from beginning to end.

  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For

  • How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010

The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy - and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate, for the first time, a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story about the rise of Karzai.

  • By jrrich on 12-24-12

Ending is..... can't even put a word to it.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

The story at times can be hard to follow and jump back and forth to different moments in time. This was not at all a deal breaker however because Blehm tells stories EXACTLY as they happened leaving nothing for the imagination neither pushing his opinion on you the reader. The last third of the book makes up for any jumping around and then finishes with a massive tragedy. He does these green berets a great justice by telling their story. Great book.

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  • Service

  • A Navy SEAL at War
  • By: Marcus Luttrell
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell returned from his star-crossed mission in Afghanistan with his bones shattered and his heart broken. So many had given their lives to save him-and he would have readily done the same for them. As he recuperated, he wondered why he and others, from America's founding to today, had been willing to sacrifice everything-including themselves-for the sake of family, nation, and freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this book ~ add it to your must read list!!

  • By HYoung on 05-18-12

Epic

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Marcus is a great story teller and gives credit where credit is due. This has you laughing and crying. I am inspired to serve others in my daily civilian life after this book. Great read!