Now from Brandon Webb, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times best-selling author, comes his personal account of the eight friends and fellow SEALs who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"Knowing these great men - who they were, how they lived, and what they stood for - has changed my life. We can't let them be forgotten. So read about these amazing men, share their stories, and learn from them as I have. We've mourned their deaths. Let's celebrate their lives." (Brandon Webb)
As a Navy SEAL, Brandon Webb rose to the top of the world's most elite sniper corps, experiencing years of punishing training and combat missions from the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan. Among the best of the best, he led the SEALs' clandestine sniper training program as course manager, instructing a new generation of the world's top snipers. Along the way, Webb served beside, trained, and supported men he came to know not just as fellow warriors, but as friends and, eventually, as heroes. Among Heroes gives his personal account of these eight extraordinary SEALs who gave all for their comrades - and their country.
Here are the true stories behind the remarkable valor and abiding humanity of those "sheepdogs" (as they call themselves) who protect us from the wolves of the world. Of Matt "Axe" Axelson, who perished on the Lone Survivor mission in Afghanistan. Of Chris Campbell, Heath Robinson, and J. T. Tumilson, who were among the 38 casualties of Extortion 17, the Chinook helicopter shot down in August 2011. Of Glen Doherty, Webb's best friend for more than a decade, killed while helping secure the successful rescue and extraction of American CIA and State Department diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012; and other close friends, classmates, and fellow warriors.
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I wish I had just borrowed the book
Because this is an audiobook, it leans heavily on the performance of the narrator and on this book it failed miserably. The excerpt did not give any hint about how the narrator would sound because the 2 min sample was read by the writer, Brandon Webb. And what a disappointment the narrator was. The guy has a chronic nasal congestion which will make your eyes water. And what is with the rush? He speeds through the text only to stop to overly pronounce the three-lettered-agencys, etc. like a 5-year old.
But it could have been worse: As Brandon Webb notes in the introduction, people have asked him to read the book himself and claiming he does not have the time for it. I think we dodged a bullet there because Brandon DOES NOT have a voice for it. He SPEAAAKS as HE muST THInk EEEEVEry syllABLE BeFOOORE SAYing IT outLOUUUD.
Also, while it is a good addition to this book in particular to have the family members have their say about their loved one's, the technical side of it fails to give it the respect it deserves. Shame, really.
It was horrible in every aspect.
I think the story was good. But I really am kicking myself for being lazy and opting for the audiobook instead getting a written copy. I think the audio version destroyed some of the needed parts to enjoy and learn about these fine men.
Buy / borrow the actual book, this audio version is not worth it since it is poorly executed.