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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Better than I thought it would be.

I heard the author on the Buck Sexton show, and decided to give the book a shot. I got the audible version, and it was just like a dude telling a bunch of cool stories, at least three of which were big time news stories.

He refers to seeing a Michael Jordan video, and if you know the story about what made Michael Jordan so great, then you start to see the same foundation, and drive that makes a Rob O'Neill, or any body at his level great.

Rob also says the sniper on his team had more kills than anyone he's ever heard of, which would mean that Chris Kyle isn't the most prolific American sniper of all time, and would this include Simo Hayha, who had over 500 kills at close quarters with a sub machine gun, and over 250 kills with a rifle?

Overall this book was better than I thought it would be, and the Audible version was well worth it. Rob has a down to earth style, that makes you want to root for the guy every step of the way. He's got a lot of funny and cool stories, that are a blast to listen to. The petty jealousy he had to deal with at the end of his career is a shame, and I can't help but think that if circumstances were different, and he was born long ago, and if he were somehow on some secret mission that took out Hitler, then he wouldn't have had to deal with the petty jealousy and grief back then, only convinces me, that this man was sent by God to shoot Bin Laden in the face.

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  • Hoyt Neal
  • Dallas, TX United States
  • 04-27-17

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Larry
  • Port Neches, Texas
  • 04-27-17

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Excellent book

Really great book over all a fantastic story that keeps you interested the whole way through. It took me only a few days to listen to the whole thing. The live these guys live are extreme and the story proves that.

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Great book. Highly recommended. Really cool

I really enjoyed the fact that it was read by Rob O'Neil himself. great job.

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Jut
  • 04-28-17

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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  • Paul C
  • 10-05-17

Great Audiobook

The narrator who is also the author of the book done a great job on this Audiobook. It's a bit different than other SEAL books. The only thing that got me was the beeping noise when he mentioned what SEAL team he was describing ( SEAL team 6 ) though this doesn't distract from the actual Audiobook. I'll definitely listen to this one again and again.

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  • P GREENWOOD
  • 09-28-17

Fascinating

This book was one of many covering a variety of subjects on my wish list, I picked it by chance. It is a gripping authentic account well told and well read by the author, from the insight into the SEAL training, to the way that this training and mindset is ever present during the numerous subsequent missions. I have never reviewed an audiobook before, but this is head and shoulders above anything I have listened to before. An incredible audiobook

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  • Philip
  • 09-21-17

Well written, interesting and modest

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Good autobiography and much better written than I expected. It does not exude pumped up patriotism, but a quiet resolve for getting the job done. This absence of hype is much more understandable as the writer is clearly a gifted writer and effective special ops guy. He's the type of person one might get on with!

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  • richard
  • 09-18-17

brilliantly read, a sense of being with the author

O'Neill tells his story as though you are sitting around a camp fire, listening to him recount his time over the years and includes so much of his inter team interactions that really brings to life the bonds he and others like him share. a great story and an equally great performance.

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  • Ben Sutton
  • 08-30-17

Excellent, in depth and very funny

I didn’t know what to expect, don’t mind some American military books but this one is by far been the best so far. You can tell when he’s reading the book and the actual memory comes back to him as he laughs under his breath makes it much more real

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  • Davyboy
  • 08-18-17

Excellent

Great book very well read. This is not another self appreciating book but more a realistic story telling the good and bad of that career.

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  • Alex
  • 08-08-17

Outstanding!!

Brilliant book - from the early training days right through to the epic finale. Recommend this book to anyone

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-17

Rob reads it do well.. Seals are funny too!

loved it- best part the dancing when it came time for room inspection. so funny.

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  • Mr
  • 07-25-17

A good account of this interesting man's life

I enjoyed this book, interesting to hear the guys life so far and the whole seal training process plus the mission accounts.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-17

Absolutely Amazing

I loved this book from start to finish. I've never been a big book reader but since I drive a lot, I decided to give audio books a go and this one has hooked me.

I laughed and I cried in this book. O'Neils reading of the book really tops it off. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without his voice on his words. It's just like a conversation. A 10 hour long, one sided conversation but to be honest, that's not long enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-17

Awesome

Great story telling by the author. Would recommend to anyone seeking a career in tactical law enforcement or a military special forces team. Really enjoyed how he perfectly captured humour within the team’s, the arduous path through selection, and the dedication it takes to stay at peak readiness. Thank you for your service.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-17

Insightful

Wow what can I say! Insightful, Powerfully detailed and expressed . An excellent book, put this on your list of books!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-17

Bold and breathe taking.

I love it. having Robert narrate was one of the most moving things you can listen too

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  • Ben Lignos's
  • 08-24-17

Amazing story

Thank you Rob for your service and telling your story. This book was extremely easy listening and will get another play very soon!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-17

Review for The Operator from an Aussie.

A fascinating book. The Chapter about the Bin Laden raid is a stand out, but the detail about the SEAL training and subsequent Missions are excellent. I really respect the Authors obvious love for his Country, family and Team mates. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Brodie Keating
  • 08-08-17

Absolutely brilliant

The fact that Robert is the narrator adds another element to the audio book. The book is honestly amazing.

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  • Chris
  • 07-29-17

Surprisingly entertaining

I actually downloaded this by mistake, but figured I might as well read it. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I think the fact that the author and the rated it made all the difference. Quite an interesting journey through his career as an ABC and then do the operation that he became so well known for. Interesting insight. It actually had a lot more than most military bio stories.

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  • Jesse
  • 07-28-17

Excellent

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

Absolutely. Very well written. Flows beautifully

What other book might you compare The Operator to, and why?

So good can't compare it to others

What does Robert O'Neill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Its him and he reads the story. Allow you to better connect through changes in his voice as he goes through different stages of his experiences.

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

two sections had me in tears

Any additional comments?

once you pop you cant stop

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  • Peter Phillp
  • 06-22-17

Good listen. Great book from a true Warrior.

Great book by a true Warrior. Thank you for your story and thank you for your service.

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