Lone Survivor

  • by Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive.This is the story of team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history. More than anything, this is the story of how his teammates stood beside him until he was the last one left - blasted unconscious by a rocket grenade, blown over a cliff, but still armed and breathing. Over the next four days, badly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell fought off six al Qaeda assassins who were sent to finish him, then crawled for seven miles through the mountains before he was taken in by a Pashtun tribe that risked everything to protect him from the Taliban.In this moving chronicle of courage, Marcus Luttrell offers one of the most powerful narratives ever written about modern warfare.

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I wish I'd got an unabridged version

I have attended a talk by Marcus Luttrell, and I think Kevin T Collins does a great job of replicating the voice while talking with clear diction so after a few minutes I could really imagine that it was Luttrell I was listening to.

That said, there's more to the story and background of Luttrell than is presented in this version, so an unabridged version would appeal to me too. I'd like to hear more about the Why? aspect of the things that happen here, beyond the sheer patriotism and determination to succeed, but what is presented is a great story.

I have seen various criticisms of the paperback version on Amazon, but I think this is a fair representation of the thoughts of a man who lived through something that most of us cannot really imagine without his own testimony. You may disagree with him, but this seems honestly enough presented.

The one thing that I miss in audiobook format, and it would be great if it could be arranged, is some form of graphic download of a map, or photo, or diagrams of the geography involved. It's hard to get a sense of the distances covered, or the relationship of the towns or army bases or hills and mountains. So although there is a lengthy description of a fight and falling down hills, I don't really have an appreciation for where the places are that the various things happened.
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- Stephen

A poor account of a life changing event

2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs in northern Afghanistan travelled to the Pakistani border. To capture or kill an al Qaeda leader. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive.
I really wanted to like this book. And Operation Redwing, led to the largest loss of life in SEAL history, And yet this turned out to be anything less than absolutely gripping but miraculously Marcus Luttrell and his co-author managed it. , .

Then follows in gruelling detail his every breath in the Pacific of course no one does it better than Luttrell, of course, after this self adoration you want to hear about the mission.
Don't waste your money or credits buying it.
There is an autobiographical rant, that a liberal press is to blame for everything and no Navy SEAL is better than Luttrell himself
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- Pammy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-06-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio