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Six Days of Impossible

Navy SEAL Hell Week - A Doctor Looks Back
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
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Hell Week has never been described so effectively. Six days in hell define every SEAL that moves past the point of no return in their minds. Robert Adams, MD, brings the experiences of his classmates into view with real, difficult to believe experiences, described in frightening detail by the men that lived through the frigid cold, filthy muddy days, and body-destroying events of a winter Hell Week. Eleven of 70 men went on to graduate and serve over 40 years in almost every SEAL or UDT team with honor. Listen to their real-time story, and learn why these 11 men succeeded when so many others failed.

Colonel Robert Adams, MD, MBA, served 14 years in the navy (12 as a SEAL) and 18 years in the army. He changed services to attend medical school and applies his analytical skill to look back at the men that shivered and struggled through Hell Week together. He brings decades of insight learned caring for others to an insightful analysis of why the men of his BUD/S class 81 achieved the improbable.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 Robert Adams (P)2018 Tantor

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  • T
  • 19-09-18

I did Six Days of Impossible

I tend not to read SEAL books (I read Mark Donald's Battle Ready; Memoir of a SEAL Warrior Medic because he is a friend and someone told me there were a few words in there that referenced me. It was a very good book) but I decided to read this one.. Thank you for taking me back in time and giving me an opportunity to feel proud, laugh and even experience a little anxiety while thinking back on my Hell Week.. I appreciate your contribution to "The Teams" and I hope some of my family takes the time to read your words.This book will give you the best glimpse into the misery of Hell Week. It is hard to put down on paper the cold and the discomfort. When you read this, remember that Hell Week comes at the beginning of training and that there are many more very difficult months to come after it ends. Also be reminded that Hell Week is just a means to eliminate and prepare guys for the real thing. Thank you Mr. Adams!

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  • Curtis Strong
  • 28-01-19

Gritty and amazing.

What determines the success or failure of a candidate? Internal resolve or toughness due to previous life experiences? First you must win, then you go to fight.-Sun Tzu

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  • John
  • 29-12-18

Descriptive account but light on "insights"

It could be that I misunderstood the synopsis and went into this book expecting something more than it was intended to offer. When the description explained that the author was an MD looking back on his experience in BUDS / Hell Week and offering insights on why some passed and most did not, I expected detailed analysis of the various activities, their psychological and physiological effects and how the instructors balance the need to push candidates beyond their perceived physical limits while maintaining their safety. Instead this book is basically just a step-by-step description of BUDS first phase and Hell Week that is, in fairness, more detailed than what you would find in the first chapter of most SEAL memoirs but offers little in terms of new insights or analysis.
There's nothing wrong with the book as long as you're just looking for a detailed description of this phase of SEAL training. The main reason I give it three stars is because when I'm looking at reviews to see if a book is what I hope it is, I ignore five-star and one-star reviews and look at the three stars to hear from people who have genuinely considered their position. I also personally found the narrator's performance a little grating but just my personal take so you should listen to a sample first and see if you think it'll bother you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-19

Six Days of Impossible

Just finished listening to “Six Days of Impossible” this past week and the book is outstanding!! In fact I liked it so much that I listened twice. As a former Naval Aviator, I have always known that the training to become a Navy Seal was unlike any other military training, but I had no idea just how difficult Hell Week really was. I’ve always greatly admired Navy Seals and knew they are a breed of men different from most men. This book absolutely confirms that belief and I would like to thank Dr. Adams for sharing his classes story. The story itself would have made for a great book, but the way the author structured the telling of the story by starting each chapter with a famous quote and by giving his insights as an MD into the physical and mental challenges he and his classmates were dealing with was spot on. One of the best books I’ve read/listened to in a long time. Bravo Zulu!!!

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  • Dave D
  • 19-09-19

Surprisingly Good!

I really enjoyed this book. Eye-opening! Good, quick read and narrated very well. Thanks!

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  • A. Craig McGinnis
  • 25-07-19

Learn what the body can take.

I loved hearing these real stories of how men can push themselves much further than most of us think. I've never been to B.U.D.S. but this book sure seemed to take me there. A great book.

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  • Stewart Cayton
  • 22-07-19

Fantastic insight into the world of SEAL training!

As a civilian trauma surgeon who has been given the opportunity and pleasure helping to provide a small part of the medical training of some SEALs, I have been wanting for an in-depth account of the Hell Week experience that I have not gotten from conversation with trainees, friends or other books written in the past by former SEALs. This was EXACTLY what I wanted.

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  • C. Evans
  • 15-06-19

Fast paced and easy to listen to!

I heard about this book from a podcast with the author as a guest called, Unbreakable. I’m thoroughly impressed with anyone who can endure thru Hell Week. Thank you for taking the time to accurately portray the details that so few are willing to persevere to accomplish the impossible!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-19

Outstanding story; Robotic Narration

The story was great, descriptive and intriguing but the narrator was a bit robotic. Happy with the read and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Donna Phipps
  • 06-02-19

Great book very motivating

This was an amazing book chronicling the experience of Navy Seal training. A must read!

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