Allen O'Reilly expertly performs Brandon Webb and Glen Doherty's book The 21st-Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide. This volume really aims to unravel the mysteries behind of the military's deadliest combatants without falling to the misconceptions touted by films and video-games. While the sniper has played a part in every war for centuries now, not much has been written about the experience by those who have held this position in the military themselves.
With entries involving the long and storied history of the vital sharpshooting position, to a close look at the science of the scoped rifle and training needed to use one, this an crucial guide for understanding these artists of the battlefield.
The 21st century sniper is a mature, intelligent shooter who leverages technology to his deadly advantage. He has spent thousands of hours honing his skills. He is a master of concealment in all environments, from the mountains of Afghanistan to the crowded streets of Iraq. He is trained in science and left alone to create the unique art of the kill. To the sniper, the battlefield is like a painter's blank canvas. It is his job to simultaneously utilize tools, training, and creativity to deliver devastating psychological impact upon the battlefield. And it is he alone who is left with the intimacy of the kill. A complete practical guide for any modern sniper, former Navy SEAL and military sniper Brandon Webb reveals the tips and basic training necessary to become an efficient marksman. Webb is an international authority on sniping, and after serving multiple missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, he ran the Navy SEAL sniper course, which is arguably the best sniper qualification course in the world. Including details on advanced sniper training for maritime, helicopter, and urban sniper operations, The 21st Century Sniper also touches on the latest research, development, testing, and evaluation of sniper weapons systems and optics. From trajectories and wind speed to camouflage and best vantage points and targets, Webb covers everything an expert sniper needs to know. This book is suitable for gun enthusiasts, outdoorsmen, the beginning sniper, and those with military backgrounds.
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Fascinating informative thorough
Anybody - he is the worst narrator I've heard on Audible. He mis-pronounces words, breaks sentences in totally inappropriate places and obviously has absolutely no idea of what he is narrating. At first I could forgive it but it happens time and time again and starts to really annoy you. How can you get lead (as in the metal bullets contain) confused with lead (as in 'you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink') in a book about sniping?!?! This is just one of many mistakes. A pity because the book is awesome in every other respect.
Absolutely!! Very specialised but if shooting is your 'thing' and you can get over the terrible narrator then you will love it.
"READ it, Don't Listen"
Allen O'Rielly has no business narrating. He consistently mispronounced words, or overpronounced others. ".30-06" is not pronounced "point three zero to zero six". The points in the guns arent ever prnounced, and you definitely don't say "three zero to zero six".
He often stopped to catch his breathe, and semed generally inept. The book itself is great, focusing mostly on guns, tactis, and the history of the sniper. If you're looking for a book about that, then it's a great read. I stress READ unless they get some one else to narrorate this.
The "inside" story of snipers.
NO NO NO NO NO. I'd prefer a book narrorated by Gilbert Godfrey.
No. It's not even designed that way. You can, but it's easy to put back down and pick back up without worrying about what details you forgot.
I also reccomend Brandon Webb's "Benghazi: The Definitive Report" and it is worth noting that Glen Doherty (co-author of this book) died trying to save lives in the 9/11 Benghazi attack.
"Great information but very poorly read."
I would edit the narration. Many terms are pronounced incorrectly and there are awkward pauses in speech that detract from the performance.
If someone better acquainted with the subject matter read the book.
Aside from obvious flaws in the narration this is a must read for anyone interested in firearms and the details of marksmanship.
"Hard to finish"
Was not worth the time. If you have even slightly above average knowledge of firearms and or military experience this book is not for you. The narrator mispronounced 30-06, pronounced Lapua 3 different ways etc etc. I gleaned no new knowledge from this book.
The Red Circle is a good read
Mispronounced acronyms and read too fast
"Great Overview of the Sniper world"
Great history, current events and future path of the world of snipers and their gear.
"Technical/Equipment Book - only!"
If you are interested in an general overview of firearms/sniper use throughout history, and a book that goes into depth about the evolution of sniper weapons, and even greater depth into the verbiage, mechanics, science of sniper rifles/accessories. This is the book for you!
"Some good info Awful Narrator"
It was just OK. The Narrator was poor at best
There were some good real world accounts.
NO WAY. Not sure how he even became a narrator. Weird pauses and mispronunciations galore. Actually hard to listen to.
Someone should re-record this and send it to Allen O'Reilly.
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