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SEAL Team Six Audiobook

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

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Publisher's Summary

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six—a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency.

In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes listeners deep inside the world of Navy SEALs and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL - the toughest and longest military training in the world.

After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First, there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then, the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six (ST6), with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges.

Finally, as member of ST6, he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: the Marine Corps Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in ST6, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.

Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it became known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His explosive combat tales and inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers combine to make this the most thrilling and important memoir by a navy SEAL since Lone Survivor.

©2011 Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    H James Lucas Manhattan 09-29-14
    H James Lucas Manhattan 09-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling experiences lost in a sea of chichés"

    Dr Wasdin's compelling recounting of SEAL training and his involvement in a complex and now infamous mission in Somalia would have made for a solid, four-hour nugget of an audiobook, but instead we are left with this soggy, amateurish mess that stretches to nearly ten hours. The extra content comprises clichéd anecdotes of bar fights, marital hardships, and petty one-upmanship; poorly contextualized (albeit likely justified) anti-bureaucracy rhetoric; and a handful of hackneyed renditions of Vietnam-era SEAL lore. Dr Wasdin, a soldier and a chiropractor by training, is evidently a competent storyteller but not a gifted writer, and his co-author and editors have failed in bringing his most vital recollections to the page.

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    JLS 09-09-14
    JLS 09-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book"
    What made the experience of listening to SEAL Team Six the most enjoyable?

    I ready a lot of military novels but Howards ability to paint the picture of what he saw, how he did things, and his inner thoughts was awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked Howard talking about his time in Somalia and how they broke orders to help a local kid who had a severe infection in his leg...how they did a tactical entry on the house next door from their safe house just to give the kid some antibiotics and stuff.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    I really like his tone and inflection used when going through Howards story.


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

    I laughed, I almost cried, and I smiled a lot listening to this one. Great book.


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    Patrick 08-25-14
    Patrick 08-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid story about SEAL training & Somalia op"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A fun read that mixes a biography, SEAL history and the role of special ops in the military. The start of the story might make those that hate Fox News etc say "Oh its going to be told in this way..." But that tone and style quickly disappears and when it returns its presented as an opinion - fair enough. It's a good story about Howard Wasdin and the path that took him to be in the navy, SEAL and then SEAL team six. It mixes in some good history about the development of the SEALs and team six. Its clear at time when the biographer hands over to the historian but the story would have been less interesting without it. There seems to be a lot missing that the reader would have liked to hear about but I'm guessing word count and national security might have restricted the authors from covering these.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SEAL Team Six?

    The end of this book doesn't go down on a high of glory or the amazing covert op, but a very human story of what happened after.


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

    Well read and easy to follow.


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

    It was engaging read but equally at 10hrs I was happy that it was easy to hop in and out of.


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    Tim 08-16-14
    Tim 08-16-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Great heros, good book!"
    What did you love best about SEAL Team Six?

    The story.


    Any additional comments?

    Lone Survivor is probably a little better book but they are both heros!

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    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 08-09-14
    Marc La Verkin, UT, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I enjoyed a seal thoughts on Granada, and Somalia."
    Where does SEAL Team Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very enjoyable if you like, Griffin. I very much liked it most likely to listen again. I've also listened to Dick Marcinko rogue warrior. I like them both


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SEAL Team Six?

    Somalia


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

    The voice is what you think Howard Wasdin would sound like.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I found the the history of his childhood, and post Seal life to ad great perspective.

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    S. Spencer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 08-05-14
    S. Spencer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best True Storys I have ever heard ."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I just couldn't put this book down It is the most interesting book I herd in a very long time.
    it gives a close look at what our special force's go threw just to relies there dream and just how fast they can louse that dream


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Howard


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    Howard


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

    I loved herring about the training.


    Any additional comments?

    Every American should here this book.
    I will listen to it again.

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    BETTY El centro,CA 07-31-14
    BETTY El centro,CA 07-31-14
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    What made the experience of listening to SEAL Team Six the most enjoyable?

    The reader made it sound like he was sitting down with you telling you a story. You can't tell he's reading. I enjoyed it so much that when I was done I began again. I loved the details about the training and the fun stories I Love hearing the author's drive forexcellence in everything even while Recognizing shortcomings. I learned from his even keel, no nonsense approach to his work. I laughed out loud and got wet eyes as well as angry. But most of all it inspired me. I want to hold my family close and make sure they each know without a doubt how I feel about them. I aim to enjoy then every minute with them because there are so many that are far away for 6 months or more at a time. In appreciation for those bad asses who, like Jesus, have sacrificed so much for their country I will enjoy my family daily. Also it inspired me to excellence. I want to use 100% of the physical, mental, and emotional strength that God has entrusted to me to its full potential. Aspire to lead at your work. Whatever you are doing, do it with excellence. Love with excellence studying those you love.It looks like many listened to his story after all!


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    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 07-24-14
    Brian Apple Valley, CA, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "View inside the SEALS's"

    Howard Wasdin's memoir of his life and his time as a Navy SEAL was thoroughly engaging. I highly recommend it for anyone but especially for any young person who is considering military service. Not that all military training is as intense as SEAL training but Howard's story will inspire you to believe that you can overcome adversity and with shear will and determination no goal is unreachable. I for one was glad that the book ended with a brief description of his life since leaving the SEALs, it really demonstrated his humanity and that what you may think is the highlight of your life may someday fade into an exciting and unforgettable footnote.

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    "Outstanding!"
    Where does SEAL Team Six rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks at the very top of books that I have listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of SEAL Team Six?

    One of the most memorable moments of the book was when the author was ticking off the reading on his "fear meter" as the engagement escalated from dangerous to almost hopeless. He never went higher than an 8. Awesome!


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The narrator really seemed to capture the author's voice in this book. Fantastic performance.


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

    This book was hard to put down. It was compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    There are a number of reasons that I rated this book so highly. I thought the author did a superb job of weaving in and out of his own personal history to give background essential to understand the SEALs. This kept the book interesting from start to finish. I also really enjoyed the author's tendency to talk in detail about the gear and equipment that he liked and didn't like. It really helped that reader to visualize his experience. And finally, the author's ability to master the superhuman then to go on to master the human elements of life is what makes him one of a growing number of modern day heroes!!! You can't help but be better off after reading his story!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Elizabeth 07-16-14
    Elizabeth 07-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pretty fun, engaging, interesting!"
    Would you listen to SEAL Team Six again? Why?

    I would, there's a replay-ability to this I'm not sure how to put into words. This is my first military-book read, and I learned quite a few fun things about it. Like Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is their "wtf", haha.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character. No one else really got any "development", it was just the people he came into contact with or worked with.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    Great emphasis on certain parts! Really made it seem like he was actually Wasdin himself going through a frustration or whatever emotion, haha. I actually had to check if it was the SEAL himself who was reading his own story at one point because I had forgotten.


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

    There were parts that I shared with co-workers because after reading it I thought it was pretty cool. I was excited when he got to Somalia, surprised it didn't last all that long, amused when he helped out a teenager with a gangrenous leg (the whole having to hard enter his house every time to treat him was cool to me, and he did it against orders). Also enjoyed the story about having to approach his young son about an incident in the pool with another little girl! :) It's the "little things" stories amongst all the adventure, you know? :)


    Any additional comments?

    Felt like half or more of the book was on his training, but I didn't mind it so much, because the training in itself was pretty impressive to hear about (for me). The book wrapped up very nicely with what happened after his injury (he was lucky to have survived the battle of Mogadishu, wow what a hell) and his life after the military. Very satisfying end.

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