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.
©2015 Brandon Webb, John David Mann (P)2015 Brandon Webb, John David Mann
Where to start.......
Self indulgent - talks about himself more than these poor dead Heroes.
No combat stories
Shameless plugs for himself at every corner.
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.
Not the audio version, no.
I quite liked the way the author related to each of the featured heroes but at times it did feel a little bit self indulgent on the author's part. I found myself wanting him to stop waffling about himself and tell more stories about the men he was supposed to be talking about.
Didn't get to it. Couldn't take any more.
I personally would have preferred to hear the author read it. You hear an introduction to each chapter from him and he sounds much more natural. Felt like you were sitting with him and just chatting. Then Charlie Ray starts...
He has an odd voice. Sounds like one of the guys from the news who has had his voice altered to protect his identity. Or maybe he was a robot? Either way, I couldn't tolerate it. Spoiled the book for me.
Maybe. I would have liked to have heard more about their stories rather than how the author met them etc. I downloaded this after listening to 13 Hours (that IS worth hearing). That was a detailed account of a situation that heroes (one featured in this book apparently - I didn't get that far) found themselves in. I was expecting this to be shorter versions of something similar.
I really enjoyed the idea of having a chapter per hero!! It's great to feel like your getting to know each guy personally, one at a time.. And even hearing from their loved ones personal is an honour and a privilege..
I highly recommend the red circle and will most definitely be purchasing the new book in 2016..
Only criticism, I didn't like the narrators voice. It felt and sounded rushed, in parts almost disconnected from the story.. It would be great to here Brandon Webb read it.. Nevertheless, Thank you.
"A MUST READ FOR ALL AMERICANS"
This is my second book that I've read...or listened too by Brandon Webb. The first one was The Red Circle. Among Heroes is a book that goes into details of the lives of Brandon's friends who made the ultimate sacrifice. I applaud Brandon for writing a book like this. All Americans should engage in learning about the men and women who have gone before us in defense of the very freedoms that we often take for granted on a daily basis.
A unique characteristic that sets Brandon's audio versions apart from others is Brandon uses his own voice at the beginning of each chapter to give a little bit of his own perspective or an insight of his own perception of what you're about to hear. It's a personal touch that makes the learning experience much more meaningful.
I encourage anyone who reads this to buy Brandon's book, Among Heroes and also, The Red Circle. I also encourage you to spread the word about these books. Just as Brandon and his teammates had a duty to serve, we as Americans have a duty to keep the legacies of our fallen heroes alive by spreading the word of their lives. It is our duty as Free Americans.
Thank you Brandon for writing these books. I'm already looking forward to your next one.
The personal touch that is included in this book by Brandon and others who were family members of the fallen heroes adds a more meaningful purpose to this book. An outstanding feature.
"A solid book, but know what you are buying."
A solid book which reflects the impact fallen heroes had on the lives of the family, friends and the others. If you are looking for descriptive combat stories this book is not it nor intended. It is essentially a book about telling stories which brings out the personalized and impact of fallen Navy Seals. If you have read Lone Surivior, American Sniper, 13 Hours, and some of Webb's books than you will be familiar with the fallen he speaks of.
"Favorite SEAL book yet"
Both of his books are my personal favorites as far as spec ops and I have read all of them. If the author is reading this, I hope for your next book you can get into devgru and tell us some never before told stories of TEAM 6. Not bin laden!! But other bad a** stories of what they do or "are capable of doing!!" PLEASE! There isn't a single one YET! And I know the obvious reasons to the hatters of this comment." What do you say y'all??????
The extras Brandon puts in this audiobook are brilliant. He truly is among heroes. I listened to it non stop from start to finish.
I really don't have the words to describe the effect this book had on me. Brandon Webb's literally memorial to his fallen brothers is nothing short of inspiring. Mr. Webb's personal words to start each chapter are an amazing touch. It is no exaggeration to say; getting to know just a small piece of these heroes stories has caused me to examine how I go about my day to day life. I am a better man for having listened to this book. Thank you Brandon and thanks to all the sheep dogs who have been, and will be down range.
"Among Heroes well told story of great men"
As a member of the Sofrep mafia I have been getting to hear about this book as Brandon would share bits and pieces with his members of the sites club. I had been looking forward to it and was not disappointed at all. This was really awesome. My favorite thing that Brandon does with his audio books are his intros to each chapter. It really adds to the over all feeling of the books and gives it that extra thing that makes a good book great.
"Good book and does a great job honoring our fallen heroes"
The reasons I gave this book lower ratings is because I had just read the Red Circle by Brandon Webb and had heard most of these stories in that book and also some other great SPEC Ops authors. So it was a little redundant but the stories were still great and hit the mark for its intended purpose. I am a fan. I am also inspired to give to the Red Circle Foundation as well as other worthy and reputable non profits that care for our heroes and their families. To the authors point make sure you study where your money goes.
I loved Brandon Webb's first book "Red Circle" very much, and decided to read this one immediately after.
It's a great tribute to each of these men who gave their lives for their country, and is absolutely worth the read/listen.
My only critique is of the narration who reads in a tone that sounds very nonchalant and flippant even when reading sections telling of how someone died or the difficult events surrounding their death. It was very odd and I didn't appreciate it. However, that alone is not worth turning this book away.
"What great examples of how to live!!!"
Thanks Brandon for sharing these stories and keeping these memories alive for the next generation.
"Should be required reading for HS students"
A book so profound in its reach into your heart and mind should be required reading for HS students at the minimum, and all Americans if possible. Puts a face and a story to many brave men who gave all so we can be free, and every other facet of life we enjoy and most people take for granted . God bless the 1% who serve so all others can be free. May your sacrifice NEVER be forgotten.
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