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4.00011704054619 out of 54.00011704054619 out of 54.00011704054619 out of 54.00011704054619 out of 54.00011704054619 out of 5 4.00 (14,354 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Luttrell Narrator: Kevin T. Collins Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611132656
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In the summer of 2005, four US Navy SEALS, petty officers Matthew Axelson, Danny Dietz and Marcus Luttrell, along with Lt. Michael Murphy, set out for the Hundu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. Their mission was to track the activity of Ahmad Shah, an al Qaeda leader rumored to be commanding a small army of insurgents known as the "Mountain Tigers." Five days after an initially successful insertion, only one of the SEALS escaped with his life.

This is the story of the lone survivor of Operation Redwing, petty officer Marcus Luttrell, and the remarkable two hour battle that led to the greatest loss of life in the history of the Navy SEALS. Vastly outnumbered, Luttrell's three fellow SEALS were killed fighting bravely beside him. Badly hurt and presumed dead, but driven by thirst, Luttrell crawled for seven miles before finding shelter. He was discovered by sympathetic shepherds who provided him with food and medical attention, while risking their own lives to protect him from Taliban search parties.

Luttrell takes us from rigorous SEAL training, where soldiers discovered the demands of America's most elite fighting forces, to an ambush in the desolate mountains of Afghanistan which no combat training could have ever prepared them for. He recounts the story of his teammates' courage and honor, for which two of his fellow SEALS were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. In this vivid, true story of sacrifice and bravery, patriotism and heroism, Luttrell shares a powerful account of modern warfare.

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005, for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

Luttrell’s squadmates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

A born and raised Texan, Marcus Luttrell takes us from the rigors of SEAL training, where he and his fellow SEALs discovered what it took to join the most elite of the American special forces, to a fight in the desolate hills of Afghanistan for which they never could have been prepared. His account of his squadmates’ heroism and mutual support renders an experience for which two of his squadmates were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for combat heroism that is both heartrending and life-affirming. In this rich chronicle of courage and sacrifice, honor and patriotism, Marcus Luttrell delivers a powerful narrative of modern war.

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  • “[A] gripping, inspiring, take-no-prisoners combat memoir.”

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  • Winner of the 2009 Colby Award
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 2/16/2014

    " Made me full like a complete wuss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 2/14/2014

    " A real eye opener about the brutality of war. One man's account of his horrific ordeal at the hands of the Taliban. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minty | 1/26/2014

    " Compelling story written simply. Love how the author conveyed a perspective I've never thought about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rjacob414 | 1/26/2014

    " Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell is truly a great book. It really makes you think about things you would do for your friends. While the book doesn't quite make you look for meanings, it is entertaining in its own way. Its a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 1/23/2014

    " Good description of the life of a navy seal. Describes a fire fight that took the lives of three seal team members. Highly recommend reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Re | 1/18/2014

    " What a great book ! I wouldn't have wanted to miss reading this one. Feeling very sad about the new and recent loss of so many of our countries' Seals, once again. Prayers for them; and for their families, both their at-home-ones and their Seal family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Speckhard | 1/13/2014

    " In the interest of current research began reading bios of Navy SEALs and this one was excellent. Sad but excellent. These guys are amazing actually. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rita | 1/9/2014

    " i would have liked it more if it had less politics. really the liberal media caused all your friends to die? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 1/6/2014

    " I didn't finish this book. Right from the start, you know the author is the only man left standing of his SEAL team. Then they launch right into introducing the other men, and letting the reader get to know them. I knew they were going to die, so I didn't really want to go through that. The writing was pretty good, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Praffa | 1/5/2014

    " Just started reading this book. Operations from a real Navy SEAL. Unbelievable what they go through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debi | 1/2/2014

    " Excellent book. Highly recommend. I listened to audio version and it was great. It is on my reread list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edward | 12/29/2013

    " An unbelievable story of survival against all odds, but I felt it was lacking in detail. More than half of the book is about his time in SEAL training, and then the rest of the story seemed a bit rushed. Still, an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/25/2013

    " Excellent. Another great non-fiction. 2005 Afghanistan battle and lone SEAL team member survives to tell the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne | 11/4/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 11/2/2013

    " Very powerful book and not so overloaded with military jargon. A triumphant story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 10/14/2013

    " An interesting look into Seal training. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Schenley | 10/14/2013

    " I wanted to like this book. I thought it'd be insightful but I couldn't get over the fact that Luttrell is a mouth breathing meat head. And he fails at his attempt to be witty and funny. YEAH, I SAID IT! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Gill | 9/29/2013

    " Excellent! First half of book tells how Navy SEALS are trained. Tough to read because one becomes exhausted at the training! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcopithorne | 5/13/2013

    " WOW thats all you can say about this book. The whole story of will to live, heartbreak and brotherhood is just amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 4/18/2013

    " Wow. I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. It's a very powerful re-telling of a series of incredibly difficult events, both physical and emotional. Marcus Luttrell is an amazing American hero, as are his fallen comrades. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 4/10/2013

    " I respect what he went through, and what all armed forces and special forces members go through. I just felt this book was a little too self-promoting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy Hortaridis | 2/18/2013

    " Don't really know what to say other than the fact that I bawled. Sooo very sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Whitaker | 2/8/2013

    " Loved it. Very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd Lemmon | 12/10/2012

    " I could have done without the often colorful language but I found this story fascinating and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 London | 10/24/2012

    " The Shelf: Rejected, until further notice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy Lamus | 9/10/2012

    " He's not a fabulous writer, and he constantly puts his political opinions forward, but it is a heck of a story. I'm glad he was able to honor what he and his teammates did by sharing the story. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus LuttrellPetty Officer Marcus Luttrell joined the United States Navy in March of 1999 and became a combat-trained Navy SEAL in January, 2002. After serving in Baghdad, he was deployed to Afghanistan in the Spring of 2005. Patrick Robinson is known for his best-selling US Navy-based novels and his autobiography of Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, One Hundred Days, was an international best-seller. He lives in England and spends his summers in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he and Luttrell wrote Lone Survivor.
About the Narrator

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, narrator, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.