We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen Audiobook

The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Before he could forge a band of elite warriors ... he had to become one himself.

Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Red Circle provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist.

Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors - including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle - that makes his story so compelling. Luttrell credits Webb's training with his own survival during the ill-fated 2005 Operation Redwing in Afghanistan.

Kyle went on to become the U.S. military's top marksman, with more than 150 confirmed kills.

From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military.

Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Red Circle provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world.

A portion of proceeds from this book will go towards The Red Circle Charitable Foundation, which helps families of fallen Special Operations Warriors.

About the authors:

Brandon Webb is a former U.S. Navy SEAL; his last assignment with the SEALs was Course Manager for the elite SEAL Sniper Course, where he was instrumental in developing new curricula that trained some of the most accomplished snipers of the 21st century. Webb has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation and the Navy Commendation Medal with a "V" for "Valor", for his platoon's deployment to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks. He is editor for Military.com's blog Kit Up, SOFREP's Editor in Chief, and a frequent national media commentator on snipers and related Special Operations Forces military issues.

John David Mann, who collaborated with Webb in writing The Red Circle, is an award-winning author whose titles include the New York Times best seller Flash Foresight and the international best seller The Go-Giver.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Brandon Webb (P)2012 Brandon Webb

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (2253 )
5 star
 (1632)
4 star
 (473)
3 star
 (116)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (16)
Overall
4.7 (2060 )
5 star
 (1545)
4 star
 (380)
3 star
 (104)
2 star
 (18)
1 star
 (13)
Story
4.5 (2069 )
5 star
 (1360)
4 star
 (469)
3 star
 (161)
2 star
 (50)
1 star
 (29)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-26-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 12-26-15 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9429
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    1415
    1383
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2476
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Interesting memoir"

    This memoir is Brandon Webb’s experiences as a Navy SEAL and sniper. He says that he belonged to the most elite sniper corp. in the world. He tells of his grueling years of training in the Navy SEAL’s and the Naval Special Operations. He tells of combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. Later he was the lead instructor in the Navy Seal Sniper Program.

    The book is well written and it appears that Webb is very honest and straight forward with his evaluation of himself and others. It is amazing the challenges the Navy SEAL’s put men through in their training. There is lots of interesting information woven into the tales of combat and training along with some humor. I found it extremely annoying to have Webb “talk” about what each chapter contains before the narrator reads the chapter. Between Webb talking before each chapter and the numerous repeating of sentences and information I found myself becoming impatient. The book needed an audio editor to clean up the repeating sentences. The pace is fast and the book is written to keep the reader engaged in the story. The book is 13 hours long. John Bailey does a good job narrating the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Shumate 10-11-17
    L. Shumate 10-11-17 Member Since 2017
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very Good Except..."

    The story is very good, men like Brandon Webb are amazing, and their stories are as well. The only problem I had was with the narrator. At times he called a helicopter a "hell-o", other times "hee-lo"; he referred to BUDS as B-U-D-S, and he pronounced Marcus Luttrell's name wrong on numerous occasions. There were other similar errors. Hearing Webb's voice explain chapters was very cool, but then it made the narrator's voice seem even farther off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Alan Seeling 10-10-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    81
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This shows why these guys are the toughest"

    Loved it, shows the character and abilities the best soldiers in the world have and why POLITICIANS need to stop micro managing those they cannot possibly understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rooster 10-03-17
    Rooster 10-03-17 Member Since 2016
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    22
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing "

    What an amazing book. Out of all of the books I have listened to on audible. This ranks among the best. A definite must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Seriously Sacramento, CA 09-25-17
    Seriously Sacramento, CA 09-25-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    30
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worst performance and editing I've ever heard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator could have bothered to have any internal consistency in pronunciation, or researched the topic even a little bit. The editor could have eliminated repeated lines or chapterized the additional audio commentary so we could skip through it. The author could have simply let his chapters speak for themselves rather than introducing each one, which only served to duplicate the exact same information.


    Has The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I'll never listen to another book by this author or narrator. This is the worst audio book I've ever listened to (and I actually liked the story).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jon Bailey’s performances?

    Not a damned chance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The original book had a good story, before the author screwed it up with his ego notes.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, in retrospect the actual book also feels like a big "I told you so" to everyone the author ever disagreed with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Aaron Lyman 08-18-17
    Aaron Lyman 08-18-17 Member Since 2015
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    11
    8
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth every minute!"

    I can say with confidence, this is in my top 50 books. Great stories and well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    whiyr 08-02-17
    whiyr 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    27
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I loved this book"

    I have read all my life but now I listen to books and I absolutely loved this book. I cannot ever remember being more caught up in a book! Thank you so much for your service. I want all my grandsons to read your book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 06-24-17 Member Since 2014
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great stories."

    this was a great insight into military life and stories of military figures we've all heard about. The narrator could have done a better job of researching the topic and pronouncing the terms, names correctly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Raggedy Edge Worland, WY 06-16-17
    Raggedy Edge Worland, WY 06-16-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    146
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Audiobook has bonus content. Excellent book"

    should be read by every Appleseed Rifleman. as well as anyone interested in SEALs. Audible version has bonus content.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrew 06-13-17
    Andrew 06-13-17 Member Since 2015
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    11
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Exceptional"

    Couldn't stop listening. Listened to the whole thing in two 8 hour shifts at work!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • jirvine57
    enniskillen, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fantastic real life account, brilliant read"
    Where does The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best factual book I has listened to so far


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the book was structured, the author talks for a minute or two before each chapter to set the context and mood.


    What does Jon Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    a real feel as to what these guys go through


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

    It made me appreciate the level at which these guys have trained at and the sacrifices that they have made


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a true, real life no bull account of the US Navy Seals, this is the only book for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    4/16/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What a story"

    What a story line. What a man Brandon Webb is and deserves every accolade attached to him for his service

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. N. C. Simpson
    UK
    6/24/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Excellent listen, especially the brief explanations on each chapter by the author himself, great idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roystoned
    4/10/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What an amazing insight into the world of the SEAL's"

    This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Brandon gives a brief intro before each chapter that adds a personal touch that brings something extra to the book. The added bonus stories at the end are a first for me, they bring an extra insight into the crazy life of a SEAL and in one case how the training pays off. Thank you Brandon for sharing these insights, one of which is poignant considering that this book was published before a particular incident took place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justaman
    5/18/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Catchy and intimidating title. Go USA."
    Where does The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America's Deadliest Marksmen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Below average. As a story it was mediocore and the writer not only has broken he ethos he swore to keep and cashed in his Trident, he also writes himself up a notch or two. I simply dislike people who do that and now it hurt the overall story.


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

    Oh no, it is not my job to change the story. Writer tells it as he sees it, I just read/listen and pass my two cents.


    What does Jon Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    At least he didn't wreck as the narrator did in mr Webb's newest book. Thanks for that.


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

    Nope. Slow start but still well paced.


    Any additional comments?

    Also I dislike mr Webb for making his teammates suffer because HE came in unprepared. Selfish and downright wrong thing to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    UK
    3/18/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A different perspective on life in the Navy SEALs"

    First off this is an augmented audio book, with chapter introductions spoken by Brandon Webb. This includes some sound effects/additions to help listeners appreciate what is being described. All other points aside this is a welcome addition for audio books where many titles just reproduce the physical book and don't take advantage of the possibilities the format offers.

    This is a nice alternative history of life in the SEALs. There are many books about BUD/S and progression into the teams, but this covers more ground. Webb is quite candid about his early life and the longer route he took to the SEALs through the Navy. It also covers his later career as a trainer and course manager.

    Webb gives plenty of insights into his experiences and offers amusing vignettes where often the joke is on him. I laughed out loud a few times while listening.

    At times it can be a bit saccharin, but generally Webb comes across as likeable with depth, rather than just two dimensional.

    There are also a few inside stories that you'll probably not hear anywhere else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.