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Level Zero Heroes

The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

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

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  • Glenn
  • 20-05-15

Disappointingly hard to listen to

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Somebody who hasn't read much of this genre

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something narrated by Scott Brick

What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

The "good old boy"is overdone and robs the story of credibility

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Level Zero Heroes?

12 minute prologue, Nevada Desert. I.e. Everything I have read so far

Any additional comments?

It is probably a great story but the narration is a turn off

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Bob Meindl
  • 03-07-15

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.

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  • JGanner
  • 18-12-18

Don't bother...

Sadly, the narrators voice acting made this impossible to finish. Just buy the hard copy.

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  • Kevin J. Rucier
  • 01-03-19

Enthralling true story ruined by bad reading

This book offers fantastic insight into the experiences of America’s armed forces and goes deep in what it’s like to be a combat Special Ops Marine. There is some political commentary, but it’s mostly the typical chain-of-command gripes that seem to be a part of every war story throughout history. The level of detail offered on operations and tactics is highly interesting without “giving too much away” in terms of specifics.

Unfortunately, someone decided it’d be a good idea to hire a bad Zapp Brannigan impersonator to read the audiobook. Aside from mispronouncing the names of gear (Mk 19’s should be “Mark 19”, not “em kay 19”), people (ANA aren’t “Anna”) and important places in Marine Corps history (Tarawa somehow becomes tar-AH-wah), the level of over acting and *stank* Berkot uses exceedingly throughout the book gives the narration a super whiney, bitter tinge. I get the impression that Golembesky’s monologue was intended to be much more straight forward and matter of fact like a lot of Marines tend to be, but Berkot ends up sounding like a mall ninja commenting on YouTube.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-18

Brothers in War

Great story told by a Marine that's been there done that. He tells how the Grunts on the front hang their Asses out during the firefights but when they want to use Air Power the POG's in the rear sell them out.

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  • Ebatorius
  • 08-02-18

Narrator didnt help

I am sure the story was more exciting and less boring than it seemed. The narrator seemed to sensationalize and put voice inflection that created a dramatic effect where he didn’t have to...as if it was a 1950s sitcom.

Either it was a distraction to the story...or the story itself seemed dull.

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  • Triple Double
  • 15-09-16

Don't waste your time

This one can be chalked up to another one of those 'written to tell the story of others' when the majority of the book is the author making every attempt to distinguish himself and his actions from the others he claims to be honoring. Not a bad story but be prepared for some cheesy lines and hint of arrogance. Narrator made this almost impossible to finish, he sounds like the narrator from the 300 movie, which is cool for 5 minutes, then gets annoying. Sorry Peter Berkrot, you're probably a great guy but your voice is better served for movie previews not a 9 hour story.

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  • Shoppa
  • 11-04-15

Narrator was a bit cheesie

The narrator was a bit cheesie but I've heard worse. I wish we got to know the guys/characters better.

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  • max
  • 07-01-15

Nothing special.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. I was honestly expecting a better depiction of the war from a Marsoc platoon. I found myself drifting off in other thoughts. Didn't keep my interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning again?

I'm not a fan of the writing style, so probably not.

What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

His performance was pretty genuine.

Could you see Level Zero Heroes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I'm sure it would make a good movie. The story was just all over the place, it was hard to follow.

Any additional comments?

I was pretty excited to get this book. I was disappointed with the story. It was no "Generation Kill."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Brandon M.
  • 11-10-16

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.

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