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The Brave Ones Audiobook

The Brave Ones: A Memoir of Hope, Pride, and Military Service

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Publisher's Summary

How does the US Army mold a video-game generation with its thumbs on the joystick into a proud fighting force with its fingers on the trigger - and lives on the line - in America's War on Terror? Michael J. MacLeod, already an accomplished professional photographer and journalist, decided to find out the hard way: by enlisting in the armed forces at age forty-one. What he observed and experienced as an embedded reporter and a serving soldier makes for an unflinching and inspiring portrait of endurance, sacrifice, discipline, and courage.

From the trials of basic training on the home front to the ranks of the legendary 82nd Airborne Division to taking fire in the hot zones of Iraq and Afghanistan, MacLeod chronicles the soldier's evolution as only one who's been in those boots can. Candid, wise, and powerful, his memoir takes listeners on an unforgettable journey through war and allows them to witness bravery firsthand.

©2015 Michael J. MacLeod (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    "A real story of war."

    enjoyed the narrator, story was well written I would find myself laughing at times then wanting to cry, I like how nothing seemed to be sugar coated it was real. As a veteran myself I salute you Michael McCloud.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "mature account of war and it's warfighters."

    From the view of a 40+ man who joined the 82nd as a enlisted journalist. Probably the best account I've read or listened to, expertly narrated.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 03-14-16
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    "Best modern military book I've listened to lately."

    Outstanding story that was written and performed outstandingly well. A win, win, win! Trifecta! Bravo!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 06-02-16
    Katie New Ulm, TX, United States 06-02-16
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    "Excellent !"

    Events extremely well written and
    Patrick Lawlor brings them to life.
    Unable to put it down.

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    R. Denton 07-04-16
    R. Denton 07-04-16
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    "Snarky Public Affairs soldier shocked at profanity"
    Would you try another book from Michael J. MacLeod and/or Patrick Lawlor?

    Probably not. Maybe the narrator, but definitely not this author. The author operates from the mistaken impression that he is a spectacular writer and that apparently there are no other books, films, etc. that relate the experiences of boot camp, jump school, war zone, etc. Way too much attitude from a REMF Fobbit, who's not in combat arms or even combat support, but only went through jump school because he was assigned 82nd Airborne (public affairs).


    What was most disappointing about Michael J. MacLeod’s story?

    Mostly his snarky attitude about pretty much everything from boot camp, drill sergeants, jump school, and being a fobbit, while real soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines were actually risking it all on a daily basis.
    I'm very disappointed that the publisher made this appear like it was a first-person experience of one of our airborne troops, while it was actually just the incessant whining of a middle-age guy who, probably from lack of work, enlisted in the US Army thinking it would be a great experience for the book he knew was within him. But rather than going for infantry, armor, artillery or something that actually contributes, he gets guaranteed "military journalist."There are too many real first-person accounts from all sorts of men and women in this and past wars who actually did "see the elephant" and survive for this spoiled child's account of mostly hearsay and third-person stories to matter a whit. A good editor could have salvaged this by removing most of the snarky, superior tone of voice and deleting about half the stuff that does a poor job of re-telling boot camp, jump school, etc. Good thing he picked PA, he would never have made it in the Grunts, much less Rangers.


    What didn’t you like about Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    His high whiny voice just exacerbated the whiny, snarky tone of the author's words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Mostly it sparked disgust. There are quite a few really good narratives by people of all sorts who have gone through the US military experience in war and peace, in all sorts of jobs, in all sorts of places. I cannot imagine how this even got published, unless it was self-published or specifically targeted to an audience that thinks being a fobbit who coincidentally has jump wings merits a "self-esteem" award for being sort of close to "there."


    Any additional comments?

    For a polar opposite of this piece of junk, try "Goodbye Darkness" by William Manchester. This is how a skilled writer tells the tale of his personal experience in war.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 07-10-16
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    "Utterly fascinating US Army memoir"

    In 2008 Michael McLeod, a 41 year old husband, father, and Montana native with no military experience, decided to join the US Army as a buck private. He hoped to become a military journalist and photographer. This is his story of his 5 years as an enlisted man beginning with boot camp and including a tour without combat in Iraq and a tour with heavy combat in Afghanistan. The perspective of a well educated 40+ year old is fascinating and even humorous at times. McLeod was old enough to be the father of most of his peers and even many of his superiors,so his perceptions are certainly different than others.

    I recommend The Brave Ones without reservation to all. It is a wonderful and well narrated audiobook!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    KEVIN FOLEY 08-11-17
    KEVIN FOLEY 08-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story teller of this time"

    One of my favorite books in quite some time Michael Nd
    Macleod is a great story teller his narrative of war was very well crafted in the way he expressed his experiences.

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    "Listen or Read this book!"

    The book is a journey into a civilian becoming a warrior! Wow this really takes me back to the days in division. I want to thank the author for his service and his words that painted such a true picture of his experiences.

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    MSG Joe
    Former Blue Devil 3/504 PIR

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    Lawrence J. Colt 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Detailed"

    This audio book is lengthy and very detailed. The action in afaganinstan is seen through the eyes of a journalist who travels with all different parts of the 82nd he explains the action as detailed as he describes the boredom of an every day soldier. I enjoyed this audio book but believe it could have been shorter in length.

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    Greeny 03-12-17
    Greeny 03-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Most insightful on the Army itself"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book especially to anybody with curiosity about the Army. The author explains what the Army is in ways I hadn't heard before.

    To give just one example, MacLeod explained how a soldier's time is in a sense an inventory problem to the Army. The Army, owning the 24-hour day of a soldier, doesn't want time used in ways that don't serve its purposes. So by default it makes soldiers get ready far ahead of schedule and then wait - lots of waiting in a state of readiness.


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    I've enjoyed Lawlor's performance in other military books, including Silent Heroes. His voice betrays a sensitivity that goes well with first person military history books. He makes author insights especially credible and appealing.


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

    The book is too complex and rich for me to have grasped well in the first go while being entertaining enough to stick with for long stretches. The second pass for me yielded as much as the first one. I may eventually listen a third time.


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