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Battle Ready Audiobook

Battle Ready: Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic

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Publisher's Summary

The gripping memoir of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald...

As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable.

From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.

Includes an excerpt from the SEAL creed read by the author and a bonus conversation with Mark L. Donald and his editor.

©2013 Mark L. Donald (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Maxwell Gordon Brimacombe 02-09-17
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    "Actually puts out a message to "all the terrorists"

    Only book I've never finished. Painfully slow and boring, he describes each and every military program and group like something out of a recruitment advertisement. THE WHOLE THING SOUNDS LIKE A RECRUITMENT ADVERTISEMENT

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    Greg 12-01-16
    Greg 12-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Calling of the Warrior & of the Healer"

    Excellent audiobook telling the incredible story of a humble warrior and a great healer! Someone I would truly like to talk with over coffee.

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    E. L. Sapp Virginia 07-06-16
    E. L. Sapp Virginia 07-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "From the Good to the Bad"

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. The author pulls no punches when it comes to telling his story. Most of the things are good, but he goes into great detail about his battle with PTSD and his ongoing struggle to deal with it. I loved hearing about the track of his career, from Recon Marine, to Corpsman, SEAL, and Physician's Assistant. He mixes humor with dead-serious very well, keeping the book from being either too dark or too light-hearted. (I laughed out loud when he tells of checking into Corpsman A-school and being accused of wearing devices he hadn't earned. He'd gotten jump wings and Navy Diver certification as a Marine, but the officer who saw him did not know that.)

    There were a few small issues. First, it is very hard to determine how time passes. He tells his story in chronological order, but the only time frame he gives is the First Gulf War and 9/11. At times, I thought he was talking about events close in time, only to later learn there were years between them.

    Second, the reader, though mostly very good, occasionally paused at odd times. It was not a huge issue.

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    cam Owensboro, ky, US 02-11-16
    cam Owensboro, ky, US 02-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    A honest look into the hearts of many warriors. One of my top reads so far from 2016...

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    Martin Carlen 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Real."

    Perfect down to earth gut check. Gives you a path to follow or a insight to the mind of veterans.

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    Brandon 10-26-15
    Brandon 10-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Realistic and honest"
    Where does Battle Ready rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as military biographies and memoirs go, Battle Ready was superb. Definitely one of the best I have read/listened to.


    What other book might you compare Battle Ready to and why?

    While very different overall, for me this book compares best to "The Heart and the Fist." Both authors are extraordinary men sharing a realistic perception of war and they both convey it and their experiences with it in an honest and humble way.


    What does Fred Berman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Often, I dislike non-fiction when read by someone other than the author (and even then, it can be quite terrible). This book was so well narrated by Fred Berman that I was able to lose myself in the character, much like in a novel. He did not "relay a factual account" so much as he told a story. While the writing style of the author lends itself to a good story, it would have taken an excellent narrator to bring it to life. Mr. Berman did just that.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was brought to tears more times with this book than I have been from nearly any other book, and I rarely find cause to cry. I also laughed often at some of the situations reported, situations anyone familiar with the military will find comical.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it for anyone looking for an accurate portrayal of the spec ops community and what these men and their families endure for their service, both at home and abroad.

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    Vegan_MD 08-08-15
    Vegan_MD 08-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent story with a twist"
    Where does Battle Ready rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I applaud Mark Donald for writing his memoir and including not only his accomplishments in the military but also his personal journey dealing with the after effects of battle and post traumatic stress disorder. As a prior combat medic and now civilian physician this story was very compelling to hear.


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    momdoc67 Florida 08-08-15
    momdoc67 Florida 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing, inspiring and eye opening account"

    what a dedicated and humble man! My son is a war veteran and I work with veterans daily as well as do volunteer work for our military, veterans and their families , as well as the families of our fallen heroes. this helped give me a better perspective and made me want to help even more, for those who have sacrificed so much deserve it

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    Hugo Canedo 06-08-15
    Hugo Canedo 06-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Humbling"

    This story was very inspiring. As it began, it was motivating. As it progressed, the description of the struggles with PTSD, time away from family, loss of friends made the story difficult to bear for me. This is the most accurate portrayal in my opinion, of why some veterans have such a hard time adjusting to life after experiencing combat stress. I recommend this book to friends of family of deployed veterans to better appreciate the struggles our men and women face daily. All in all, best book I've listened to in a long time.


    Hm1 C.

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    Rose Dawn Blanton 05-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book about the Special Forces medical service"

    A very special man, his goals and conflicts to become a highly decorated SEAL and battle field medical provider

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    "hard to stand"

    I don't know if it was the writing style or the narrators perception of the tone of voice but this wasn't a good listen/read.

    First of all, It felt abridged and I had to check, because the author left out a few deployment and other parts and went straight in to the 2nd or 3rd deployment, which was frustration. You want to know why he thinks the way he does from previous encounters.

    Second was the author bringing up being a medic and a SEAL constantly. I feel like he should of known the two conflicts and dealt with it, instead everything other line ( it felt like was the self conflict of his roles) was about just this and for that reason it wasn't engaging

    having said all this I'm Greatful he put it on paper.

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  • Hannah Tomlin
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    "from one warrior to another thankyou"

    Love it got me thinking about live after serving myself it questioned me and my actions

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