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  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

  • By: Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,795

Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Ole on 06-14-12

Good performance, boring story

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

Reviewed: 06-14-12

I was happy with the readers performance, he has a good voice and was comfortable to listen to. I do wish there was a bit more intensity given to the SEALs voices particularly in the action scenes. I've read a number of biographies of former SEALs and they are all colourful characters with both good and bad traits, I found the characters in this book to be too textbook and without flaws or depth, and lacked some of the "Gung Ho" spirit and undying love for action that actual SEALs seem to possess. The story itself is predictable but passable, but I think it pales in comparison to the real stories told by actual SEALs such as in the books by Chris Kyle and Donn Mann which I found to have more intense action, humour and entertainment value than this work. Based on my knowledge I do think the author is very knowledgeable and includes lots of accurate details about the SEALs, technology and the Military/Navy which I enjoyed, and it is also clear that he has utmost respect for these heroes.

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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 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skip it until you've read EVERY OTHER spec ops

  • By Brad on 01-19-12

Bleeping is infuriating

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

Reviewed: 06-04-12

The contents of this book is actually very very good and contains lots of entertaining and interesting material, however the bleeping of classified information ruined the experience for me. It seems that a lot of the bleeps are place names, dates, exact weapon, vehicle/aircraft models and other stuff that could be easily rewritten to not include specifics instead of bleeping out. The bleeping seems to be performed by an over-careful bureaucrat and I'm pretty many of the details censored here are mentioned in other SEAL related books and are fairly general knowledge and I'm surprised a guy like Don approved of this bullshit! Other than the narration and the story otherwise is good enough to resist shooting your speakers out during the bleeps.

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