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  • Outlaw Platoon

  • Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan
  • By: Sean Parnell, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Listen

  • By Paul C on 01-09-17

Riveting Account Of Young Men In War

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-19

My title says it all. As an ex-infantry officer I found I was able to totally relate with Sean Parnell's account of his tour in Afghanistan.
Superbly written and with an excellent narrator whose voice characterisation brought to life the soldiers of the Outlaw Platoon. So much so that I could almost feel the crack of the high velocity rounds and marvel that he survived the ordeal at all; that any of them did.
Yet this account also shares with us the audience that war is brutal and life changing even if you survive combat.
By far the best book I have listened to on Audible.

  • Red Platoon

  • A True Story of American Valour
  • By: Clinton Romesha
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Clinton Romesha
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 121

On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 13-hour battle - and eventual victory - cost eight men their lives. Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defence of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really gopd

  • By jamie on 05-11-16

Gripping Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Every combat soldier has a story to tell regardless of what or whom they fight for. This account of the action in October 2009 in which a great number of people lost their lives is probably the best I have listened to. Meticulously prepared and researched, Mr Romesha provides us with a truly touching and emotional journey that left me almost exhausted just listening to it. Courage and leadership qualities right out of the top drawer which prevented, from the American perspective, a catastrophe. Sadly eight Americans lost their lives however it could have been far worse had their colleagues not fought for each other with tenacity and skill to prevent their brave and resourceful opponents from claiming the victory they very nearly had. One could argue that without the overwhelming power unleashed from the skies the American forces may well have been wiped out.
As an ex-soldier I can identify with the strength of the personal bonds which you develop with members of your platoon, the friendships which outlast your life within the services. I can only ask that when you listen or read this account that you remember that soldiers under fire don't fight for their country or their leaders, they fight for each other.

  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,642

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Honest and Entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Generally I liked this audio book. Mr Middleton has certainly packed a lot into his 37 years. He comes across as a very genuine man and certainly would be interesting to meet in person.

  • Spectre Rising

  • Spectre, Book 1
  • By: C. W. Lemoine
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

After a combat incident in Iraq, Cal "Spectre" Martin was grounded and told he would never fly an F-16 again. Years later, he started a new civilian life with his F-16 pilot fiancée while being haunted by the nightmares of his last deployment. But when she goes missing on a routine training mission off the South Florida coast, Spectre unwillingly finds himself thrust back onto the frontlines of the war on terror - this time, not in the skies over Iraq, but on the streets of Miami.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me<br />

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-18

Not for me<br />

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Struggled with this from start to finish. The sole reason was the narrator. Barely able to understand a thing he was saying and the style of the reading completely spoiled this audio book.

  • Desert Sniper

  • How One Ordinary Brit Went to War Against ISIS
  • By: Ed Nash
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

What makes an ordinary but highly educated Englishman, with no previous military training, decide to travel and fight in one of the most brutal conflicts on the planet? Desert Sniper is an extraordinary true account of one man's journey from well-meaning volunteer to battle-scarred combat sniper, placing himself daily in the line of fire to fight one of the greatest evils of this new century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • informative story

  • By peter on 14-01-19

An Interesting Education. <br />

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-11-18

Interesting book. A refreshing change to read a book written by someone who can, firstly, write; as well as expressing intelligent and articulate arguments from one side of the conflict.

  • The Easy Day Was Yesterday

  • The Extreme Life of an SAS Soldier
  • By: Paul Jordan
  • Narrated by: Neil Pigot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

From his cage in a putrid, overcrowded Indian jail, Paul Jordan reflects on a life lived on the edge. His childhood, marred by the loss of his father and brother, produces a young man hell-bent on being the best of the best - an ambition he achieves by being selected to join the elite SAS. The Easy Day Was Yesterday is fast paced, brutally honest, raw and laced with dark humour. The core of Paul Jordan's eventful life, it shows the ability of the human spirit to survive even in the direst adversity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought

  • By ahooke on 16-07-18

Not what I thought it would be.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-18

Bit disappointed really. I bought this hoping to hear about his army career. Three stars.

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