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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Couch Narrator: Kevin Foley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781452673943
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In combating terror, America can no longer depend on its conventional military superiority and the use of sophisticated technology. More than ever, we need men like those of the Army Special Forces-the legendary Green Berets. In Chosen Soldier, Dick Couch draws on nearly a year spent at Special Forces training facilities and offers an unprecedented view of the education of these men. Following the experiences of one class of soldiers as they endure this physically and mentally exhausting ordeal, Couch spells out in fascinating detail the demanding selection process and grueling field exercises, the high-level technical training and intensive language courses, and the simulated battle problems that test everything from how well SF candidates gather operational intelligence to their skills at negotiating with volatile, often hostile, local leaders. Chosen Soldier paints a vivid portrait of an elite group, and a process that forges America's smartest, most versatile, and most valuable fighting force. Download and start listening now!

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  • Definitive . . . insightful . . . should be read by every American who despairs [about] current tumult. Linda Robinson, author of Masters of Chaos

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Johnson | 2/9/2014

    " Good insight on the training of Green Berets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/5/2014

    " good info. Generally not worth the time unless you are a big fan of Dick coucn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/31/2014

    " A retired US Navy SEAL follows a class of US Army Special Forces soldiers over the span of their training and eventual deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. Great read if you're interested in SPEC OPS "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Sargent | 1/26/2014

    " Good information. Not a fan of the writer's style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brent Lowe | 1/19/2014

    " Not the book I was hoping for. Much too detailed and not enough of a story for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Lake | 1/16/2014

    " Amazing look behind the scenes into what makes a US Special Forces soldier. I have a new respect for the level of mental toughness and even intellect required by these guys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. Harvey | 11/13/2013

    " Good read, not quite as good as his previous books on SEALs, but still a very informative read on the world of SFAS and Army SF "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/16/2013

    " This was a great education on how Green Berets are chosen and trained and what their peace-keeping missions look like once they are in place, although the book dragged and was a little difficult to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 9/27/2013

    " Good book about the Special Forces. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shay | 5/15/2013

    " decent book. there were parts where it drug a bit, but for the most part a really interesting look at what goes into training green berets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dannorcott | 2/20/2013

    " Awesome book, really lets you know what the green berets are really about, not what the media portrays them to be! Highly reccommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mc | 9/6/2012

    " Hard to read at times with all the military tacticle info....How interesting. I have so much respect for these guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liann McCreery | 7/12/2012

    " Makes you want to wave a flag. (An American flag!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/24/2012

    " I thought it was a very well written book. I felt like I was living the moment right along with the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 2/20/2012

    " Interesting book and personal topic of interest to me. I thought it progressed well and gave a solid overview of the training these men receive. An insight into a world that prefers privacy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Henderson | 2/1/2011

    " Good information regarding SF training "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bart Mallio | 12/17/2010

    " Terrific overview of Special Forces selection, training, and deployment, with an excellent treatment of the Robin Sage exercise, detailing what role the Green Berets play as cadres. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 8/6/2010

    " Coming from an extremely liberal background, I found this book enlightening. Exposes the challenges and influences of the Green Berets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitron | 1/5/2010

    " Surprisingly, this book kept me up at night reading. It isn't a traditional page turner but I really enjoyed it. It also keeps me motivated at the gym when I think of what others are capable of! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charis | 9/25/2009

    " Not one of Dick Couch's better books. Long, repetitive, far too detailed. Page 400 said the same thing page 43 said. I was sadly disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 shay | 8/26/2009

    " decent book. there were parts where it drug a bit, but for the most part a really interesting look at what goes into training green berets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dannorcott | 7/10/2009

    " Awesome book, really lets you know what the green berets are really about, not what the media portrays them to be! Highly reccommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 6/21/2009

    " This was a great education on how Green Berets are chosen and trained and what their peace-keeping missions look like once they are in place, although the book dragged and was a little difficult to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 4/16/2009

    " Good overview of what it takes to be a special ops warrior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 3/28/2009

    " Good read, not quite as good as his previous books on SEALs, but still a very informative read on the world of SFAS and Army SF "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/23/2009

    " Good insight on the training of Green Berets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 7/28/2008

    " Good book about the Special Forces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mc | 6/20/2008

    " Hard to read at times with all the military tacticle info....How interesting. I have so much respect for these guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liann | 1/8/2008

    " Makes you want to wave a flag. (An American flag!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 12/7/2007

    " Interesting book and personal topic of interest to me. I thought it progressed well and gave a solid overview of the training these men receive. An insight into a world that prefers privacy. "

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About the Author

Dick Couch is a former Navy SEAL and CIA case officer, a combat veteran, and a New York Times bestselling author with more than a dozen books to his credit. During the global war on terror, Couch alone has been allowed to embed with the component commands of the US Special Operations Command. He alone has tracked the SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers, and Marine Special Operators as they train for war—and has written extensively about this training. After eight books of special-operations nonfiction, Act of Revenge marks his return to fiction.

About the Narrator

Kevin Foley has more than thirty years of experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded more than 150 audiobooks, including Storm Rising by Gary Naiman, The Last Witness by Joel Goldman, and River Thunder by Gary McCarthy, for which he earned a Spur Award for Best Audiobook from the Western Writers of America. He has also won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.