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Not a Good Day to Die Audiobook

Not a Good Day to Die: The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda

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At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Division flew into Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kotvalley - and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, high-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.

Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the battle, details the failures of military intelligence and planning and vividly portrays the astonishing heroism of these young, untested US soldiers. Denied the extra support with which they trained, these troops nevertheless proved their worth in brutal combat and prevented an American military disaster.

©2005 Sean Naylor (P)2007 AudioGO Ltd.

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    Ann Mt. Airy, MD United States 11-14-16
    Ann Mt. Airy, MD United States 11-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "50/50"

    50% story 50% after Action Report. well written and extremely well narrated. this book tells the story of operation Anaconda in a very detail-oriented way. it gives the account of the Warriors on the ground taking fire to the generals far removed and everyone in between, exposing the listener to the complex reality that is Modern Combat. if you're looking for a book purely about firefights this may not be for you but if you want to hear the in depth history behind the battle you will find this book to be fascinating. because this book was written in 2004 new information has become available and I highly recommend reading Pete Blaber; The Mission, The Men, and Me (2008) and Malcolm MacPherson; Roberts Ridge (2005) which fills in the holes on TF 11, AFO, TF Green, and TF blue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    linnea woodson nags head, nc, US 04-15-16
    linnea woodson nags head, nc, US 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Thorough, well read."

    Very detailed. I recommend, prior to listening, a primer with maps of the area and being familiar with the command structure and names of officers at colonel level and higher.

    This will allow you to focus on and understand the small unit tactics, team work and events which are truly the most inspirational part of this book.

    Jimmy
    Manteo, NC

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 01-15-16
    Dr. Jonathan Newman Guelph, Ontario Canada 01-15-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent history of an important engagement"

    Really helps the reader understand the early years of Afghanistan. The paradox is that it was both the US Military at its finest and also its worst simultaneously. Naylor is an excellent writer. I enjoyed this as much or more than Relentless Strike, which is also a must read. It would help to have a map while you listen. I did not and still managed to follow the story, but a map would make it better.

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    R. Denton 01-11-16
    R. Denton 01-11-16
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    "Probably okay to read, horrible to hear"
    What disappointed you about Not a Good Day to Die?

    Incredibly boring narration/reading. This might be okay to read, though it really needs a lot of editing. Every aspect has to be explored in ridiculous detail as it assumes the reader/listener has no prior knowledge of history, the military or even the distinction between Army and Navy. I'm only in to Chapter 9 and am abandoning the book as not worth the tortuous time to wait and see if it ever gets better.


    Would you recommend Not a Good Day to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. This book is trying to be everything at once, and succeeds only in being very boring. The writer simply has no ability to tell a story. Instead he substitutes tons of little bits of trivia and name-dropping and detailed explanation of the difference between Army and Navy special operators. There may actually be a pony in this pile somewhere, but I'm not willing to dig through the pile to see if there is.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No change of pace or tone whether describing a hot insertion or background history, or fuel consumption logistics.


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

    Not that I can find. It's much too detailed and scattered for someone that's not already a military history fan. At the same time it goes into details and history bits that assume the reader has no prior knowledge of anything.


    Any additional comments?

    Good editing and a different narrator cold probably save this, but it's too late now. Sure wish I could preview bits of audio books here the way you can for music on iTunes store.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alan 07-10-17
    Alan 07-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Story"

    I was one of Butler's men and this story covered the broad strokes well. It definitely took me back and during the opening chapter I felt like I was back on that CH47 headed into the fight.

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    Corde Wagner San Jose , CA USA 06-29-17
    Corde Wagner San Jose , CA USA 06-29-17
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    "Absolutely amazing audio book"

    Very well read and an incredible story. The authors reminder of who was who in the many moving parts of this fascinating book was further helped by having someone read the account of what happened aloud.

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    nate86 06-26-17
    nate86 06-26-17
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    "It's like sitting through a lecture"

    Lots of info very detailed! However, without reference points like a maps or staff lists and flow charts, it is hard to keep up with. I think I would have liked it in book form better.

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    Keith E. Eppich Dallas, Texas 06-12-17
    Keith E. Eppich Dallas, Texas 06-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A great narrative of a truly confused battle"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a testament to the courage and professionalism of the American soldiers, as well as a damning condemnation of their leaders.


    What other book might you compare Not a Good Day to Die to and why?

    "Lone Survivor," "A Bridge Too Far"


    What does John Henry Cox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a growly baritone that fits the seriousness of the subject matter


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

    "Fight the enemy, not the plan."


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    Nate 05-27-17
    Nate 05-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Highly recommend!"

    This was a historic battle in the early GWOT. The story is excellent and it highlights valuable leadership lessons that were learned the hard way. The narrator performance was also on point.

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    KnightT 04-05-17
    KnightT 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent history of a mostly U.S. battle in the Afghanistan War"

    Impressive research and analysis of "chain of command" and "on the ground" reality in modern warfare with advanced technology and weaponry. Bravery and confusion in battle are expertly detailed so that you feel like you are there. Excellent history of American efforts in the war in Afghanistan.

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