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The Operator Audiobook

The Operator: Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior

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Publisher's Summary

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In this book O'Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills - and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's Tier One units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.

©2017 Robert O'Neill (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gripping...this story is impossible to put down.... What O'Neill has written is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative." (Doug Stanton, New York Times best-selling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers)

"O'Neill wrote himself into American history with the three shots he fired into Osama bin Laden...intensely moving and awe-inspiring." (Marcus Luttrell, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service)

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    Kenneth Malone 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Have read a bunch of books by operators. This stands a hair above the other's by virtue if the author doing the narrating and the impeccable comic timing of the laugh out loud takes on tho vs that intersperse the life and death episodes.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best"
    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing so much during this. The fact that the author is reading it allows him to chuckle at the appropriate moments during his own recounting of funny events amidst serious war stories. I think what is sometimes missed in other SEAL narratives is the sense of humor these guys have and truly absurd situations they find themselves in.

    His narration is genuine and you can tell some parts of his story are harder to read than others, for example, when he recounts the death of his friend Neil Roberts. I would not want to hear this story told by anyone but the author himself.

    I've listened to just about every SEAL book on Audible and the Operator is potentially my favorite. You will be moved in all the right ways by this story.


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    Thank you Rob for writing this. The sacrifices you and your brothers have made and continue to make may go unappreciated by some, but for the rest, they inspire daily. To use the popular Churchill quote, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few".

    Godspeed you champions.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin L 04-28-17
    Kevin L 04-28-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Candid stories of a real Navy Seal"

    This is a very in-depth and interesting account of Navy SEAL operations in some very dangerous territories. I would recommend to anyone interested in how real frogmen operate or interested in the Middle Eastern conflict and challenges.

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    RenegadeTM3 04-28-17
    RenegadeTM3 04-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Complete inside look into the teams and the life story of a great American patriot"

    I was a tad hesitant to order this book due to my thinking that Navy SEALs should keep their missions Top Secret. However, this book, narrated by the author himself, tells his life story and what led him to be the best at everything.

    This book is beautifully written and explains the internal Drive to win at life.

    Highly recommended

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    Hoyt Neal Dallas, TX United States 04-27-17
    Hoyt Neal Dallas, TX United States 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Operator"

    Robert O'Neill is an American hero. He is part of a continuous line of persons who were and are willing to fight those who would kill people to gain undeserved power in this world and a danger to us all. This is a sincere telling of his story. It gives insight into what we should know of the sacrifices of our military hero's. God bless them all.

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    Wayne 04-27-17
    Wayne 04-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Ultimate gratitude"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop listening to it. The first hand insight into the mission that brought relief to millions of Americans was truly remarkable. We don't understand the pressures our service men and women go through and the effect their job has on their loved ones. I am forever grateful for the inside look into what Rob sacrificed for.

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    Larry Lake Oswego, Oregon 04-27-17
    Larry Lake Oswego, Oregon 04-27-17 Member Since 2010

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    "The Best"

    Followed Robert's story through the Fox News Special a year ago and it was incredible..this inspiring book was even better -- The Best I've ever listened to. Robert and his brave warriors are heroes in every sense of the word. Y'all make me proud to be an American.

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    randy 04-25-17
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    "Amazing book!"

    An incredible account of patriotism, selflessness and bravery by a true American hero. Shortly describing his humble upbringing in Montana moving on to buds 208 training and ending in the lair of Usama bin Laden. This book is one of the best Seal books ever written. Not too many department of defense retractions and read by the author makes the book all the more authentic. This one will leave you wanting more.

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    Mike R Morgan 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much profanity"

    I'm not a prude, and I understand how people in the Navy talk. I was in the Navy myself once. However, there was entirely too much profanity in this book. The story could have been told just as well or better without all of the profanity. He wrote this book as if he was talking to other sailors, not to every day people who don't necessarily like to hear that type of talk all the time. I was very disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, just not how he told it.

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    brad 05-11-17
    brad 05-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Bravo Zulu"

    Read by the author! Exquisite. Thank you for your service and your story. Couldn't have been better told than hearing the emotions in the voice of the man who lived this storied life.

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    "Awesome, once it gets going"

    To start with it was just another book about BUD/S but bare with it, once past that it's a gripping listen, and O'Neill is great reading it, and often injects great humour into it.

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    "great read but..."

    the book is both gripping and funny, it will make you smirk. but at the start I had to get use to the writing style, sounded like a Rick Hall joke.

    but it is a great read, if you read other navy seal books it's worth a read and a lot better than some. but not the best also unabridged and read by the author!

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    "Gripping and somewhat emotional towards the end!"

    Epic from start to finish, brings memories back from when I was younger on the way back one weekend working with my father and we heard the headlines, now I know the story behind the hero!

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    "Fantastic"

    Nothing quite warms the heart like tales about the slaughter of Iraqi and Afghani men. Great book.

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    5/11/17
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    "Great"

    Really well told story, played it through in one day, buy this, give them your money, you won't regret it.

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    Amazing book. So well narrated. Simply stunning. A must read. I hope he writes more books.

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    "Great Book"

    Great story, well told and keeps you wanting more. Well read with just the obvious "SEAL Team Beep" a bit overly annoying

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