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  • The Finish

  • The Killing of Osama bin Laden
  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Categories: History, Asia
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Summary

"There wasn’t a meeting when someone didn’t mention Black Hawk Down."
—A senior Obama Administration official, as quoted in The New York Times, on May 2, 2011

From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. The story focuses on Bin Laden, who maintained a stream of despairing correspondence in hiding in the year before his death, and on President Obama, perceived by many as an anti-war candidate, whose evolving views and enormous responsibilities have turned him into one of the most determined warriors to ever inhabit the White House.

Bowden's book is an unrivaled account of the most high-profile special-forces operation ever to have been undertaken, and a pause-resistant narrative of how the man behind 9/11 was finally brought to justice.

©2012 Mark Bowden (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dianne Spencer
  • 25-04-16

great book! A little biased in favor of Obama

Great details of the event before during and after. the author is clearly biased in favor of President Obama, but otherwise a very good detailed account of this historic event.

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  • W. Goodman
  • 22-11-12

Bowden is great as usual, but the narrator sucks

What made the experience of listening to The Finish the most enjoyable?

Mark Bowden tells a really great story, and he obviously had very good source access.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The descriptions of how the Obama team made the decision to kill bin Laden and why were fascinating and a very good look into national decision making on critical issues facing our country. McRaven comes off looking like a badass.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator thinks that whispering makes him sound more mysterious. Or maybe he just likes to whisper. Anyway, his voice acting contributed nothing to the story and eventually became distracting from it.

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  • Private.
  • 08-11-12

Bowden's lost his writer's mojo

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Bowden again?

I'd definitely purchase "Killing Pablo" because I read the book, but his later work "Worm" (and "The Finish") is like being stuck in the land of diminishing returns. The quality and style have weakened significantly. That really is a disappointment because I wanted to enjoy this, but couldn't.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Lurie?

Scott Brick, Bronson Pinchot, Campbell Scott, Will Patton - I agree with one of the other prior complaints - in addition to everything else, that narrator reads the entire book in a tone as if he's revealing a very hush-hush secret. Bizarre. Throws off the pace of the story completely.

Any additional comments?

Sorry guys, I'm returning this one.

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  • JMM
  • 20-10-12

Listen to No Easy Day...much better

Would you try another book from Mark Bowden and/or James Lurie?

No

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Bowden again?

Very disappointing. I found Black Hawk down far more compelling.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Lurie’s performances?

Absolutely not....I had the volume turned up and still couldn't hear him clearly. What was the need to whisper.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really, thought No Easy Day was very interesting and compelling.

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  • Jason
  • 06-11-12

The story is in the Details!

What did you love best about The Finish?

The story is about everything that lead up to the now-famous raid.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the details of the intelligence hunt. It was very interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

The parts about the highly technical computer programs!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Bowden does it again!

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  • JustThisGuyYouKnow
  • 18-10-12

Speak up please...

What did you love best about The Finish?

Another excellent book from Mark Bowden. Gripping and fully of suspense.

What did you like best about this story?

The inside stories from the actual players at White House, Special Ops and CIA

What aspect of James Lurie???s performance would you have changed?

He spoke like he was telling a secret. The entire performance was practically whispered.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Facu
  • 17-12-20

Lacking details and interesting facts

Compared to Black Hawk Down, a detailed recollection of a modern era battle, Mark Bowden has failed to live up to my expectation. In this book, Mark Bowden fails to provide exciting and critical details. It's just repetitive and dull general facts or statements.

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  • Greg Satterfield
  • 31-03-20

Good content, but ...

I would recommend the book, but the Narrater is too soft spoken. It seems as if he’s reading the book in a room full of people who are sleeping, and he’s trying not to wake them up. It gets a little irritating after a while.

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  • Bernie Dietrich
  • 04-10-19

Great story

A very good performance by the narrator. The authors political views are obvious which if left out would have made the book a 5 star.

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  • John Krakauer
  • 14-04-19

Wonderful Account

Great account of the hunt fir Bin Laden. The narration is wonderful and easy to listen to.