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Larry Joe Steeley, Jr.

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  • Make Your Bed

  • Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World
  • By: William H. McRaven
  • Narrated by: William H. McRaven
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,082

On May 21, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves - and the world - for the better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Watch the YouTube video

  • By A. Yoshida on 01-31-18

Beyond inspiring and worth every penny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Admiral McRaven hits deep in the soul with the wisdom he earned in training and leading our military. I am grateful he decided to share this. I will study this frequently to help me personally and professionally.

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  • Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy SEAL's True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice

  • By: Brandon Webb, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Charlie Ray
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832

From Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times best-selling author, comes his account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice. As a Navy SEAL, Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained, and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen

  • By NL_Guy on 05-16-15

Good book and does a great job honoring our fallen heroes

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-15

The reasons I gave this book lower ratings is because I had just read the Red Circle by Brandon Webb and had heard most of these stories in that book and also some other great SPEC Ops authors. So it was a little redundant but the stories were still great and hit the mark for its intended purpose. I am a fan. I am also inspired to give to the Red Circle Foundation as well as other worthy and reputable non profits that care for our heroes and their families. To the authors point make sure you study where your money goes.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677

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

Outstanding !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-15

One of my favorites! I learned a lot about leadership, great leadership in Brandon Webb's book The Red Circle that I plan to implement not only in my business but in my personal life as well. I highly recommend this book!

  • Hill 488

  • By: Ray Hildreth, Charles W. Sasser
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

On June 13, 1966, men of the 1st Recon Battalion, 1st Marine Division were stationed on Hill 488. Before the week was over, they would fight the battle that would make them the most highly decorated small unit in the entire history of the US military, winning a Congressional Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, 13 Silver Stars, and 18 Purple Hearts - some of them posthumously.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional Experience

  • By Robert on 04-06-16

An incredible story of survival in Vietnam

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

Narrator Jonathon Yen does a great job making you feel like it's all happening right around you. The details that the authors provide make this book a little different from some of the other "Nam" books I have read. If you like hot action and triumphant victory then this book is for you. May God bless America and the service men and women who sacrifice themselves to provide our freedom.

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  • Legend

  • A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 819

In Legend, acclaimed best-selling author Eric Blehm takes as his canvas the Vietnam War as seen through a single mission that occurred on May 2, 1968. A 12-man Special Forces team had been covertly inserted into a small clearing in the jungles of neutral Cambodia - where US forces were forbidden to operate. Their objective, just miles over the Vietnam border, was to collect evidence that proved the North Vietnamese Army was using the Cambodian sanctuary as a major conduit for supplying troops and materiel to the south via the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read!

  • By Jon on 08-09-15
  • Legend
  • A Harrowing Story from the Vietnam War of One Green Beret's Heroic Mission to Rescue a Special Forces Team Caught Behind Enemy Lines
  • By: Eric Blehm
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders

Yet another excellent work by Eric Blehm

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

Blehm does an excellent job and must have worked very hard to discover all of the buried information to put this story together. I enjoyed it thoroughly and highly recommend this book!

  • Baptism

  • A Vietnam Memoir
  • By: Larry Gwin
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

A Yale graduate who volunteered to serve his country, Larry Gwin was only 23 years old when he arrived in Vietnam in 1965. After a brief stint in the Delta, Gwin was reassigned to the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in An Khe. There, in the hotly contested Central Highlands, he served almost nine months as executive officer for Alpha Company, 2/7, fighting against crack NVA troops in some of the war's most horrific battles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating... True war stories are fascinating!

  • By Tami Fowler on 03-07-15

Interesting story of hardcore fighting Vietnam style

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

I enjoy the narrator Todd McLaren which is why I bought this book. The events as written by the author were interesting but the storyline not as entertaining as Good To Go also narrated by Todd. This book was more historical of the accounts of the author based on his recollection of his time in Vietnam as an officer. It's good book worth reading but not my favorite.

  • Lions of Kandahar

  • The Story of a Fight Against All Odds
  • By: Major Rusty Bradley, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086

Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. The battlefield was the Panjwayi Valley, a densely packed warren of walled compounds that doubled neatly as enemy bunkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 'Merica!

  • By Nick Keene on 03-07-15

Bravery and leadership exemplified

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Lions of Kandahar was inspirational and awe inspiring. I am grateful for the sacrifice of the service men and women of our beautiful country! May God bless the USA!

  • 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 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,794

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
  • These heros and their families give so much

  • By Susan on 08-13-12

Highly inspirational and a personal favorite!

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

This book spoke to me on so many different levels. It was relational in that I could place a number of my family members and myself in parts of the life journey that was Adam Brown. The author did a wonderful job of illustrating and representing the life of a true American hero, Adam Brown. I pray that God will mold me to the husband and father that Adam was. I look forward to meeting him one day in Heaven. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I am changed by it.

  • A Sniper's Conflict

  • An Elite Sharpshooter's Thrilling Account of His Life Hunting Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • By: Monty B.
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Snipers work in pairs so relationship and trust are all important. Snipers are elite soldiers and clearly the author is among the best of the best. A Sniper's Conflict is a superb account of professional soldiering at the sharp end....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful in the life of a Brit Sniper

  • By Larry Joe Steeley, Jr. on 02-26-15

Very insightful in the life of a Brit Sniper

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-15

If you enjoy the real deal and learning how a sniper in any war, but especially Afghanistan, goes about his job then this book is for you. Monty tells it the way it was through his eyes and his mind in such a way that I was drawn into the action and could see what he saw. I enjoyed immensely and will likely read again and again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful