In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban's grip on the Valley.
What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban's stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.
From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Listeners will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-acked and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.
©2014 Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Loved the book, an loved listening to it more... so grateful for what these soldiers do. Cannot emphasize this a nuff...!
"Worst narrator ever"
This is such a great story but the narrator killed it. Way over acted with his tough guy talk. I had to buy the hard copy since I couldn't listen to this D Bag narrator anymore. This would be five stars if it weren't for him.
"Disappointingly hard to listen to"
Somebody who hasn't read much of this genre
Something narrated by Scott Brick
The "good old boy"is overdone and robs the story of credibility
12 minute prologue, Nevada Desert. I.e. Everything I have read so far
It is probably a great story but the narration is a turn off
"Great Book, Alright Narrator"
I'm not sure who would have been a better narrator, but Peter Berkrot, while very into the story, made the main character sound far too whiney. At times when the character was making observations in relatively benign circumstances, Peter made him sound as though the world was crashing down. This definitely took away from the instances of real legitimate complaint and danger.I will give him credit for very few errors (later edited sentences). Great voice and dictator, just the wrong voice for this novel.
"JFO who works w/ JTACs 2 put warheads on foreheads"
The narrator pronounced some military terms wrong here and there, such as "5.56" as "five fifty-six" as opposed to "five five six", "ANA" is just read as an acronym not "Anna". He said "50 millimeter" instead of "50 cal" at one point which I chuckled at because that is almost the size of a mortar round. I'm just being picky though and most civilians and even many service members wouldn't have picked up on some of these things. Overall, phenomenal book though. I have already recommended it to many of my brothers in arms and would recommend it to anyone with interest in modern US military history. If you happen to be a fister, a JFO, Fire Supporter, JTAC, TACP, CCT, etc. then this is definitely a great book for you. It provides a lot of valuable lessons that can be applied on the battlefield.
"Great book, bad narrator"
Fantastic book. The narrator tries too hard and sounds overly-intense, it is very distracting at first. He pronounces a lot of acronyms and phrases incorrectly.
Heart-pounding, gritty, frustrating (the situation in Afghanistan)
The author captures "the brotherhood" of combat-arms servicemen.
He shifted accents frequently for the same characters. I could have done without his sound-effects of gunfire.
There was one heart-breaking scene which perfectly illustrates the depravity of the Taliban
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"Over the top narrator!"
First, thank you Michael, for sharing your story. It's people like you that remind us what it means to be a proud American in a time when our leaders have made a mockery and embarrassment of us on the world stage. With that being said, I enjoyed the story but struggled to get through the narration. This narrator could make deciding between the #1 & #3 value meal at McDonald's sound like a life and death struggled and does that throughout the story, thus diminishing the impact of the true struggles experienced by our soldiers in uniform.
but I couldn't stand the guy reading it. he made it seem melodramatic and over the top. I hear the author on a podcast. I wish he had read the book
Story is great but the narrator is painful to listen to. He try's so hard to sound like a tough military guy and in the process ruins the listening experience.
Just read the book old school style and you'll enjoy it a lot more.
"Aussie Narrator Spoils a Good Story"
Former Marine here, so I feel competent to comment. Who hired this guy to narrate? Mispronunciations of Marine Corps jargon, rank structure and other cardinal sins. He gets excited describing MRE's, f'chrissakes. If he was on my fireteam, I'd tell him to STFU.
He obviously an Australian trying to do an American accent. WTF?
Seriously, there are so many good narrators out there. Consider hiring one for your next one, not this guy. I'm so irritated listening to this book, I'm going to return it as UNSAT.
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