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Summary

Violence of Action is much more than the true, first-person accounts of the 75th Ranger Regiment in the Global War on Terror. Within this audio are the heartfelt, firsthand accounts from and about the men who lived, fought, and died for their country, their regiment, and each other. Objective Rhino, Haditha Dam, recovering Jessica Lynch, the hunt for Zarqawi, the recovery of Extortion 17, and everything in between... These stories have been told many times in barracks rooms, at bar tables, and at backyard barbecues, but they have never before been shared with the general public. It is time for those stories to be heard.

So much more than just stories from a specific unit, this audiobook reveals the sights, smells, and emotions of everything that happens in war - good or bad. It will be seen as the quintessential, ageless work on the human condition in combat.

©2014 Blackside Concepts (P)2015 Tantor

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" Violence of Action is truly a book like no other ever written." (Kerry Patton, author of Contracted: America's Secret Warriors)

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  • Mark
  • London
  • 18-10-16

interesting stories

interesting stories... not sure it needed the family side though.
worth a listen anyway.
A very US centric view of everything... as you would expect of a book about US troops... you just have to tune that out at times to keep it real

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  • shane
  • 18-06-15

Great Book

Rarely do you hear or read stories of the Rangers but this book definitely sheds some light on their participation in the Iraqi and Afghan war. I did however notice that the narrator mispronounced several words and there was one chapter that was read by a woman portraying a deceased Rangers mother that I thought did not belong in this book. The chapter in question seemed more like religious propaganda rather than about the 75th. I actually skipped this chapter after listening to ten minutes of it. Other than that, I found the book to be very informative and hilarious at times. I recommend.

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  • supermann
  • 08-07-15

Great story!

Great collection of stories! For me personally, the female narrator wasn't great, but the rest was very well done.

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  • Chris Del Regno
  • 19-04-15

What It's LIke To Be a Ranger

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes indeed. I'm an old "yoostabee" Airborne Ranger from the Vietnam War era, and I enjoyed the young Rangers' points of view.

What did you like best about this story?

There are different stories told by different Rangers. There are a lot of similarities in their stories, but a lot of differences, too. They sound pretty typical of my days, and like some things never change - hurry up and wait; the incredible noise and confusion. The fact that the 75th Ranger Regiment took no more casualties than it did is pretty amazing.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

The stories are told by several different Rangers, and I enjoyed hearing all their stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had great difficulty getting through the story of the mother who lost her son.

Any additional comments?

There were so many acronyms used, and explained, it became a game with me to see if I could guess the meanings of the acronyms. I listened as I walked, and I'm sure I was smiling, because it was fun!

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  • Todd Morgan
  • 10-04-15

Very moving.

As a peacetime soldier I never had to suffer the losses and heartache these men and families did.

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  • jason lowman
  • 26-07-17

proper army lingo... learn it.

This was a pretty good book but I think it's disrespectful for the narrators to speak of soldiers and their rank by speaking the individual letters of abbreviations of a soldiers rank rather than what the abbreviations stand for. For example, SFC Jones is an abbreviation for Sargent First Class Jones and should be read that way... he's not a SFC, HE'S A SERGEANT FIRST CLASS AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED AS THIS.! It is personally offensive to be referred to as a couple of letters rather than the rank we worked so hard and sacrificed so much to earn To the producers of this audiobook, please fix this in future productions.

Thank you,
Staff Sergeant (SSG) Jason Lowman

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  • Kurt Anderson
  • 27-05-15

Worth it.

A little annoying as the narrator pronounces Military terms with slightly odd inflections but the stories are phenomenal.

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  • Aaron
  • 25-09-18

great book

if you are in the military especially a combat arm you need to read this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-18

Rangers Lead The Way!

If you are a military enthusiast, patriot, admirer of those who serve our country and especially those few elite in the special operations community then this book is for you. It is an amazing read full of stories of the great men of the 75th Ranger Regiment of the Army Special Ops community who served with integrity and courage in the harshest of circumstances. I have hardly been so moved by other books as this one has moved me. This book is also informative on the transformation of the rangers in the special ops community throughout the global war on terror. The voices of the book also did a great job and were fun to listen to.
I admire and thank those Rangers, the brave, elite, warriors who have quietly served and defended our country at the cutting edge of battle to defend us and our great country from those who if given the opportunity would murder us in our beds. It’s Rangers and other servicemen and women like this, including their families and loved ones who support them that make me enormously proud to be an American. God bless America and Rangers lead the way!

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  • Opubo A
  • 29-07-18

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some of the content is overly exaggerated, no where in the military is a flak vest 80+ lbs. I personally found one of the narators soft way of talking irritating and annoying -- sounded out of breath like he was about to passout the whole time. If you're telling a story about warriors fighting wars then you ought to know that's one way not to narrate this story. ruined everything that's why I gave 3 starts

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  • Terence H.
  • 28-03-18

RLTW

The female narrator, bless her heart, was a bit tough to listen to but otherwise awesome listen!