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No Easy Day Audiobook

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments....

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.

No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden's death, is an essential piece of modern history. In No Easy Day, Owen also takes listeners onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military.

Owen's story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs' quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11.

In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves listenres with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.

©2012 Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Phil Washington, Dc, United States 11-29-12
    Phil Washington, Dc, United States 11-29-12

    Dr. Phil

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    "Best read as a normal book on an airplane"

    Very interesting book but probably best experienced as an airport paperback rather than an audiobook. The performance is fine and the story is compelling, but this short book (approx. 6hrs) is less engaging in audio format than many other audio books I have experienced. It's still engaging, but my reaction was that this would be a better airport thriller than an audiobook.

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    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 11-27-12
    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "a bit of a letdown"
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    The first 5 hours are about the authors life, not the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Took too long to get to the part I wanted to hear about.<br/>

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    Fred Tucker, GA, United States 11-27-12
    Fred Tucker, GA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad, but weak in story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There's not a lot of meat to this book. It was an easy listen and not "bad" but there's not a whole lot to it.


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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 11-26-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "More Than the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden"

    Although this book is titled, "No Easy Day: the Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," it is much more than that day. This is both a blessing and a curse.

    First, I want to explain why I think it was a bit of a curse. For many readers, I suspect that they want to know only the details of the very day that Bin Laden was killed. This book includes a tremendous amount of background information not only about what led up to that day, but also about the training that Navy Seals receive in general. While military enthusiasts will love all of that background, I am unsure if the typical reader will be as interested. The actual day that Bin Laden was killed makes up very, very little of the book. I understand that the author couldn't really write, "We saw him and shot him" and call it a book. Even so, to call this book, "No Easy Day" is a bit of a stretch; it's not about a single day. For those of you who want to know just about the day that Bin Laden was killed, this book might be too much for you.

    On the other hand, I personally found all of the other information a blessing. I enjoyed reading about how the Navy Seals train. I found it fascinating to learn about some of the history associated with the Seals. I also greatly appreciated learning some of the terminology used by the Seals. For me, this book was not only about killing Bin Laden; it was a view into the minds of the people who train to protect the citizens of the US (and the world) on a daily basis. It made me feel incredibly thankful for their bravery and hard work. I suspect that they never have an "Easy Day." Maybe that's the point of the book's title. If anyone truly thinks that the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden was only one day, that person would be sorely mistaken. The history, the training, and everything else described by the author is what made this mission--and this book--a success.

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    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12
    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Riveting listen - Narrator Great for the story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is factual and first person and entertaining as well. I enjoyed the backstore parts as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author's character. He came across as honest and sincere


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    The author's character. The narrator slipped into the part so well it seemed as if he was the author.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Recommended

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    Marti ARDEN, NC, United States 11-23-12
    Marti ARDEN, NC, United States 11-23-12

    marti skelly

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    "5 Thumbs Up! This is the real deal"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was. I do alot of long-distance driving and listening really helps to pass the time. Narration was excellent!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character because he was easy to follow and, being former Special Operations myself, I could easily relate to him. I can tell that he was factual, honest and humble in his writing.


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    His ability to change his tone to reflect different people and situations at the appropriate time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed the entire book but I appreciated the authors comments at the end. He is a humble man and a true Special Operations Professional.


    Any additional comments?

    Having spent 20 years as an Army Green Beret, it's pretty easy to separate the B.S. and the blow-hards from the real deal. This book tells the truth using terms that made me feel like I was back on a team again.

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    Jim Braunstein Levittown, NY United States 11-22-12
    Jim Braunstein Levittown, NY United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The thrilling story of the termination of OBL"

    This was an interesting book that details the mission that took out OBL. It is quick paced, lacks political bias and tells the story of our finest operator's doing what they love to do.

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    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 11-22-12
    monica chapel hill nc, NC, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "read the book"
    If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

    Very good


    What other book might you compare No Easy Day to and why?

    Usually read fiction. One book about detailed mission killing is enough.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The honest ending.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO. Lots of abbreviations. Talked about guns and weapons that I did not know exactly what they were talking about. But you get the idea.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was perfect. Finally an accent that I could understand. I get tired of these English readers. One Irish guy I could not understand at all and had to return the book. My favorite part was the ending where the author stated that a majority of the proceeds will go to Navy Seal charities. It was very moving how he talked about how the ordinary citizen can make a difference in this world.

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    L. Layton 11-21-12
    L. Layton 11-21-12
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    "Great insight into those who protect our freedom."
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    Well written and presented, gained a greater appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. Thanks!!

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    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Jodi Algonac, MI, United States 11-20-12
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    "Please Read!"
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    Great book. I don't think any "top secrets" were revealed. Action-packed but you could still feel the camaraderie. These guys are bad a** and I'm thankful for a TRUE account of what happened.

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