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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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Better than a novel

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fabulous record of the events, makes you feel like you are there

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

When the administration leaked it all to the media.

Which scene was your favorite?

Landing the first chopper in the compound.

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

Both

Any additional comments?

Obama took 3 weeks to give the go. Leadership my ***

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Really really interesting. I definitely recommend

Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is well organized and extremely interesting. It contains a lot of information about how the Seals work and train. For those not interested in military info it may not work. On the other hand if you want to know the background about how this all came together, this is the book for you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The CIA analyst was a very minor character in the book and yet she played a significant role in the success of the mission. Too many times the people "behind the scenes" are forgotten.

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

This book reinforced my pride in our military and the discipline that makes them so valuable for us and our country.

Any additional comments?

Read it if you want to see how things are really done rather than rely on the spin that comes out of DC.

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  • Dwight
  • SUPRISE, AZ, United States
  • 11-13-12

GREAT BOOK

HOLTER GRAHAM BRINGS YOU RIGHT IN TO THE STORY AND BY FAR IS ONE OF THE BEST TO TELL A STORY LOVED IT RECOMEND IT TO ALL JUST A GOOD BOOK

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  • jack
  • englewood, CO, United States
  • 11-11-12

A must read American story

This is a must read book for all people interested in wanting to understand how the raid on Bin Laden went down. Well written and narrated. It makes me very mad that our pathetic VP and others leaked the identity of the team that carried out this mission. One of the that team was killed a month later and I hope Biden thinks about that when he goes to bed at night.

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What's the hoopla about?

Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

This was not a bad book, nor was it much more than a simple story, told with simplicity and fairness. I am military, and read all the DoD directives about this book's caveats about storage and discussion about any information leaked or disseminated in this book, but I gotta tell you, it was a very good, simple, almost-escaping mediocre book. It is worth a credit, and some may get much more out of it than I did, but I tend to appreciate history and biographies, and this one was understandably limited due to its author's subject and milieu.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

More personal histories, and less jumping around from the "now" to his youth, to his "last year" and "during that exercise", etc. It was laid out as if someone were describing the screenplay that will inevitably be based on this material.

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

inflection, tone, and familiarity

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

No extreme reactions, that's my point. It is somewhat bland

Any additional comments?

I think I am biased a little, and may not appreciate that this book was meant more for young men and women who are seeking some inspiration for what to do with their lives, such as seeking a military career in special ops.

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  • Mike
  • New Canaan, CT, USA
  • 11-09-12

A great listen that should have never been written

I couldn't resist.
Despite knowing that this guy had broken all kinds of codes, I listened.
It was interesting and a great glimpse into and SF life.
It is well written.

I was seduced by the idea that much of the proceeds would go to widows and families of fallen warriors.
I have since discovered that they have refused it and that more is going to the author than I knew.

If you're looking for huge secrets or major insights, there really aren't any. There are details.
I'd say the book is 80% about coming up in the SEALS with 20% on the actual mission.
The author has since been silenced by the SF community.
You have to decide whether just buying it is encouraging this type of thing or not...
It makes a statement,
If i could do it over again, I'd pass.

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Good Account

I found this to be an honest and fair account of both the Seal life of the author "Mark Owen" as well as the events leading up to an including the ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden. Although, like many of these style military novels, some level of political opinion and bad language are present, but the story is fair and even handed and although it departs from the official line offered from the White House, does not attempt to cast anyone poorly. Overall, a great book with good narration. I highly recommend it.

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  • Joel
  • United States
  • 11-08-12

An Excellent Read

Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Interesting story about a very remarkable band of men. Exciting from start to finish. A very easy but good read.

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  • Luiz
  • Moggill, Australia
  • 11-07-12

Worth the time

A great insight and worth the time. The writer seems honest and it is great to get the first persons perspective on things.

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Very interesting and exciting for the last minute

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I couldn't stop listen to this audio book until it ended. I very liked it.