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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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The end of the matter.

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

Very interesting and a good read.

Any additional comments?

This could well be one of the books historians may refer to later. Although I cannot substantiate the facts I will assume that it is accurate. This does make one proud to have someone this dedicated to the challenges of the military to train to this level of competence. All the young men that trained for this mission need to thanked for their dedication to the cause.

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  • Heather
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 10-30-12

No Easy Day

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

I didn't bother reading this book. I jumped the second I found out it was on Audible and that Mr. Graham was reading it. This one is going to be historical, regardless of the controversy it is facing right now.

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

Seal Team Six, Seal Team Six Outcasts mainly because they're very detailed in the intensive training and planning that goes into each mission. Even though the result is that the target of the training is dead, it doesn't happen overnight. This unique behind the scenes look at how these missions are handled is very eye opening for the general public. I tend to put these guys on pedistals and think they just go in guns blazing, but it's not like that at all. They're very precise and accurate. It's amazing how much restraint they have while doing these missions.

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

He's the best narrator on the planet. That's it.

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

I cried in certain parts because I am a supporter of the troops, but not any war ever. When they got home, I cried. Some of our men and women never make it home, so to hear that all the troops connected to this mission made it home made me smile.

Any additional comments?

Yesterday is the only easy day. Support the troops, even if you don't like the war. Remember they've got family here at home. Thanks Chad and Daniel.

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  • David
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 10-30-12

Fantastic accounting of a Navy SEAL

Would you listen to No Easy Day again? Why?

Have listened to it again, and will probably listen a 3rd time. Just a fantastic story from the singular perspective of a Navy SEAL and member of the rock-star class, DevGru.

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

The assault on the UBL compound...the planning and practice that went into that event.

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

Mark Owen

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

America's super heros

Any additional comments?

So much more than just a telling of the hunt for UBL and assault on his compound in Abattibad. Life of a Navy SEAL after the infamous and well-know BUD training. Life as a member of Green Team, and DevGru. For a perspective of the hunt for UBL from the Washington DC side of things, I recommend "The Finish" by Mark Bowden also available on Audible.

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Good Read

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

yes....account of mission seems very believable and it is apparent the author has a desire to have the truth heard by all

Who was your favorite character and why?

author

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

n/a

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

during the author's training for the special seal's team, he was honest in admitting his fears that he would fail

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  • David
  • Sarasota, FL, United States
  • 10-29-12

tribute to our soldiers

great actor and story. great account of what happened on that mission and what the training of a seal is like

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Fine read/Easy listen

What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

Background, lead in, allowed you a perspective from which you expect that you know the lead character. The training synopsis gives insite and sets you up to compehend the attitude that will prevale throughout the Seals. That said you now feel their high expectations from themselves and their commerades, along with the increased room for dissapointments.

What did you like best about this story?

The Outcome

Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. Enjoyed his pace and presentation,articulate and easy to follow. Hope that the subject matter that drives my purchase decisions cross paths with his projects again.


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

No laughing and no crying, I had a few "knotted up gut" moments and some emotions whelling up inside experiences within.

Any additional comments?

I've gone from long periods of K. Vonnegut to historical novels and now evolved to more non-fiction without knowing what will catch my fancy. Looking for an unabridged version of William Least Heat Moons, "Blue Highways"

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  • Polly
  • FORT WORTH, TX, United States
  • 10-29-12

Awesome read

Loved this book. I felt like I was living Mark's adventures. Easy to follow.

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  • Irbing
  • FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States
  • 10-28-12

Outstanding Book a MUST READ!!!!!!!!!

If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

Tells the Truth

What did you like best about this story?

The way the ramp up of his career to the climax at the end. While i was reading it even though i wasn't a SEAL. Being in the Navy during the same time as he was i could relate to the team mentality. THis story made me wish that i wasn't medically retired and i could have retired. I have and always will be proud to be a United States Sailor.

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

I wanted to listen to it all in one sitting but i had to break it up while i was commuting to and from work.

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  • John
  • Coppell, TX, United States
  • 10-27-12

Finally the truth and who should get the credit

What did you love best about No Easy Day?

The way it was written and reported without political influence. I felt it was the real story.

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

The story on how the seals landed in the compound, got minimal resistance and when they looked about the room where Bin Laden died and discovered he didn't even take the effort to fight or even load his gun in his own defense yet he sent thousands of young men and women into battle to die for his cause... he was a real coward and weak leader!

What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

He got into the characters of this book with such credibility that you walked away feeling that the personalities were the ones who were talking... the inflections and pace of certain parts of the book was varied and aligned to the imagined pace of the moment.

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

Yes... absolutely!

Any additional comments?

Fron the syntax to the sophisticated vocabulary this book attested to the intelligence and articulate level of this book. One comment towards the end has stayed with me more than any other message. In talking about Bin Laden Mark Owen wrote "there's no honor when the leader doesn't even try to fight and die fighting as he expected his millions of followers to do so" He set an embarrassing example for Islamic Extremists world wide. There won't be any monuments built in memory of Bin Laden... a true coward all the way to the end!

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  • Joe
  • Bountiful, UT, United States
  • 10-27-12

Great

A well written inside look at the operators, their preparations, and their mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. No political agenda, unlike The Finish, by Mark Bowden.

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