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Publisher's Summary

Violence of Action is much more than the true, first-person accounts of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the Global War on Terror. Within this audio are the heartfelt, firsthand accounts from and about the men who lived, fought, and died for their country, their regiment, and each other. Objective Rhino, Haditha Dam, recovering Jessica Lynch, the hunt for Zarqawi, the recovery of Extortion 17, and everything in between... These stories have been told many times in barracks rooms, at bar tables, and at backyard barbecues, but they have never before been shared with the general public. It is time for those stories to be heard.

So much more than just stories from a specific unit, this audiobook reveals the sights, smells, and emotions of everything that happens in war - good or bad. It will be seen as the quintessential, ageless work on the human condition in combat.

©2014 Blackside Concepts (P)2015 Tantor

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" Violence of Action is truly a book like no other ever written." (Kerry Patton, author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors)

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Great story!

Great collection of stories! For me personally, the female narrator wasn't great, but the rest was very well done.

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Great Book

Rarely do you hear or read stories of the Rangers but this book definitely sheds some light on their participation in the Iraqi and Afghan war. I did however notice that the narrator mispronounced several words and there was one chapter that was read by a woman portraying a deceased Rangers mother that I thought did not belong in this book. The chapter in question seemed more like religious propaganda rather than about the 75th. I actually skipped this chapter after listening to ten minutes of it. Other than that, I found the book to be very informative and hilarious at times. I recommend.

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Excellent book but occasionally hard to follow.

The stories in this book are outstanding! The narrators do an excellent job, most of the time. The book is gripping and keeps your attention while conveying the emotions of war. The only thing I personally did not enjoy about this book, was SFC Domeij mothers account, simply because she is a deeply religious woman and she constantly quotes the bible. I personally despise religion and found it incredibly annoying, especially since her account lasts a damn hour. Other than that though, this is an excellent book!

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What It's LIke To Be a Ranger

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

Yes indeed. I'm an old "yoostabee" Airborne Ranger from the Vietnam War era, and I enjoyed the young Rangers' points of view.

What did you like best about this story?

There are different stories told by different Rangers. There are a lot of similarities in their stories, but a lot of differences, too. They sound pretty typical of my days, and like some things never change - hurry up and wait; the incredible noise and confusion. The fact that the 75th Ranger Regiment took no more casualties than it did is pretty amazing.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The stories are told by several different Rangers, and I enjoyed hearing all their stories.

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

I had great difficulty getting through the story of the mother who lost her son.

Any additional comments?

There were so many acronyms used, and explained, it became a game with me to see if I could guess the meanings of the acronyms. I listened as I walked, and I'm sure I was smiling, because it was fun!

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Very moving.

As a peacetime soldier I never had to suffer the losses and heartache these men and families did.

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It was okay, but not quite what I was hoping for.

The 75th is a great group of guys, no matter what Bat they are... I was just hoping for a little more depth into some of the short stories. And some of the acronym's that we know how to pronounce, the narrators don't...... It makes it hard to flow with the story, because mentally I am correcting the way it's said and having my own inner dialogue. Some small issues for me personally. You may have none of these issues.
If you're looking for a deep story, this isn't for you. This is snippets of many warriors experiences.

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some of the content is overly exaggerated, no where in the military is a flak vest 80+ lbs. I personally found one of the narators soft way of talking irritating and annoying -- sounded out of breath like he was about to passout the whole time. If you're telling a story about warriors fighting wars then you ought to know that's one way not to narrate this story. ruined everything that's why I gave 3 starts

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simply great!

Marty- thank you for this amazing book! I loved it and was very moved at times. A must listen fr everyone!

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Worth it.

A little annoying as the narrator pronounces Military terms with slightly odd inflections but the stories are phenomenal.

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Good personnel memoirs Poorly Narrated

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Needs a better written story line, felt it bounce around too much

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What happen in the war on terror

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Boring

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interesting stories

interesting stories... not sure it needed the family side though.
worth a listen anyway.
A very US centric view of everything... as you would expect of a book about US troops... you just have to tune that out at times to keep it real