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Long Way Out: A Young Woman's Journey of Self-Discovery and How She Survived the Navy's Modern Cruelty at Sea Scandal

Memoirs of Women in the Military, Volume 1
Narrated by: Melissa Kay Benson
Length: 24 hrs and 36 mins
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Completed after eight years of writing and research, Nicole Waybright's memoir tells the true story of her coming-of-age struggles while deployed as an officer on a US Navy destroyer. With heartbreaking and fearless realism, the author chronicles the despair and psychological crisis that she experienced while yet in the early days of a five-year military obligation.

Long Way Out, a narrative nonfiction work, is presented in graphic and historically accurate detail based on the author's five years of (honorably discharged) service as a commissioned officer in the Surface Warfare (SWO) Navy, during the era of the first wave of women to be stationed aboard combatant ships. Alongside an account of the author's turbulent psychological journey, Long Way Out reveals the tragic story of the notorious executive officer - the first woman in US history to command an Aegis destroyer and be stripped of command for "cruelty and maltreatment" of her crew - under whom the author served. TIME magazine later called this commander "the Female Captain Bligh."

An unlikely turn of events finds the author with a radicalized self-understanding, committed to seeking self-awareness and courageously exploring ways to make her tour successful in the face of tremendous obstacles. Based in Jungian psychology. Includes details of topical issues within US Navy Surface Warfare (SWO) culture.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Nicole Waybright (P)2019 Nicole Waybright

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Authentic voice of a young woman on a combat ship

This is the first review I have ever written which is meaningful because I am a voracious Audible listener and this is the first book which inspired me enough to overcome my inertia regarding review-writing. I was a young woman in the Navy a long time ago (even before Nicole's time) so this book had special meaning to me personally. I was completely fascinated the entire time and was shocked how quickly the time went by while listening to this book. Loved all the ship handling details as well as the drama on board. I did not want the book to end - I wanted it to keep going because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next to "Brenda" and the other characters in her story (especially since it is a true story). Thank goodness she included an epilogue so at least some of my curiosity was satiated. Besides just being downright interesting, this story brings up real issues from a different (first-hand) perspective of a very young female naval officer (one of the first women allowed on board combat ships). This book is a must-read for any woman who has ever been in the military or contemplating entering the military. The narrator was wonderful and easily transitioned to different voices and accents seamlessly, only adding to the authenticity of the story. To me, the narrator's voice became Brenda's voice. BZ!!

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great book and narration

I love it. The narrator was great. Did not want to stop listening when I pulled into my driveway. I have never read or listened to a book about the Navy but this book gives me a better understanding of what my Uncle and brother in law are talking about when they talk work.

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Awesome Story and Story Teller

As a retired Naval officer, I was anxious to listen to this story of young Ensign Conner and her trials and misfortunes. Nicole Waybright is an expressive author whose detail and flow were top notch. I thoroughly enjoyed her story and felt her pain. Having served as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) in the Navy, I quickly related to Brenda as I could clearly see the imageries conveyed by Miss Waybright. The narrator was marvelous. She drew me into the story and her ability to give each character depth and personality was incomparable. I couldn't wait to drive my commute so I could listen to her tell Nicole's story. As narrator, Melissa Kay Benson was fabulous and her pronunciations of all those Naval terms and acronyms were spot on!!! BZ (well done) as we say in the Navy!! Military experience is not required to follow this story as Miss Waybright does a superb job explaining the ins and out of shipboard life aboard a guided missile destroyer and Melissa Kay Benson makes it truly come alive. I highly recommend this book.

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Good narrator

Subtle changes in the voice made the characters more interesting and entertaining I would recommend this to anyone

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Great Narration

Narrator did a wonderful job in bring this book to life and making one feel like you are onboard the ship.