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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Couch Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781452673691
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With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors. SEAL training is the distillation of the human spirit, a tradition-bound ordeal that seeks to find men with character, courage, and the burning desire to win at all costs, men who would rather die than quit. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Couch has written an exceptionally nuanced and insighful book.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • "The Warrior Elite is the first book that captures how the SEAL spirit is tempered. It reveals all the grit, sweat, mud, and blood of BUD/S training—real-time, down and dirty. This is a must-[listen] if you want to know what becoming a virtual warrior is all about.”

    Jesse Ventura, actor and author

  • Couch has written an exceptionally nuanced and insighful book. Washington Post Book World
  • “A wonderful, thought-provoking book by Dick Couch and a quick study of human personalities; his conclusions are optimistic and uplifting.”

    Vice Admiral James Stockdale (USN. Ret.)

  • “While Couch’s stylized macho prose…is nothing if not appropriate to the material, the superior element here is the empathy and texture within his character depictions, of the earnest, youthful trainees (many of whom sooner or later DOR) and the merciless yet knowing instructor cadre. An energetic read for sailors, SEALs, and the greater population of armchair SEALs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/20/2014

    " This is a truly awe-inspiring book. It reads almost like a newspaper article, but keeps you interested and captivated. It is about a Navy SEAL class going thru BUD/S training. The author follows the trainees around through each phase and describes the training. Really interesting and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette | 2/19/2014

    " from what I hear this is pretty accurate. Can't really understand the desire to do this, but impressive... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 2/19/2014

    " Have read this 3 or 4 times - very amazing group of men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 1/31/2014

    " Fascinating account of what it takes to become a Navy SEAL. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/30/2014

    " I ended up skimming the last few chapters. "

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

    " Interesting book about the training the navy SEALS endure to reach their final goal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Clourd | 1/20/2014

    " Great glimpse into the training of Navy SEALS. The way that Dick writes is both intriguing and informative. HE lets you experience the pain and grit that the soon-to-be SEALS experience in their time there. It is even better in the fact that he went through the same training before. Great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/4/2014

    " This book really helps you understand what it takes to be part of the most elite fighting force in the world. Ready to lead, ready to follow, never give up. "

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

    " a very good overview of BUD/S training. i enjoyed it a lot. i'll be interested to read the follow-up book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Harvey | 11/9/2013

    " Easily one of my favorite books; a must read for anyone planning on going to BUD/S or for anyone who wants to know what it takes to be a SEAL (THE Warrior Elite). Whenever I feel weak, tired, or like bitching about life, I think of these guys and what it takes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/26/2013

    " Dick Couch is as brilliant of a writer is he is a hero. I love books that focus on the spirit, devotion, discipline and courage of special forces. So inspiring. This book was very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Spangler | 10/12/2013

    " Excellent.. From Indoc to Graduation, Dick Crouch provides a riviting account of the BUD/s experience for Class 228. Highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleton | 10/3/2013

    " Very insightful on the training of Navy Seals and how they cope mentally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbi | 9/9/2013

    " Excellent! Numerous life lessons here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/30/2013

    " It's unbelieveable how hard these guys train. It's so extreme their immunity systems get compromised. And they never get enough sleep. But it's all worth it in the end when you get to blow up stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rabbi | 1/29/2013

    " This book is for anyone who wants to get both a sense of SEAL life as well as a sense of what it truly means to persevere against incredible odds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Borgia | 10/21/2012

    " A must read for any guys looking to try the SEAL challenge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/22/2012

    " Follows the class of 228 through BUDs training to become a seal...intense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/7/2012

    " want to know what it takes to be a navy seal? Read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phoebe223 | 3/21/2012

    " Good book, but I only gave it 3 stars because you need to be really interested in the SEALS to appreciate it. I kept getting lost at the end when he was talking about FTX because I have no experience in that and it was hard for me to imagine up on my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 3/20/2012

    " This is book one of three. Very well written book that I did not want to put down. It is incredible to read what Navy Seals can go through. All three books are very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/29/2012

    " Great account of seal training "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikolaos | 12/11/2011

    " If you ever wanted to be a Navy Seal this book will make you change your mind. As a former Navy guy I had a lot of understanding as to what was going on, but it's still good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 8/13/2011

    " An overview written by an ex-SEAL of the current SEAL training regime. Interesting to see the journey taken to join one of the elite fighting Units in the western world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coleton | 7/15/2011

    " Very insightful on the training of Navy Seals and how they cope mentally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leo | 6/29/2011

    " An engrossing account of a Navy SEAL training class, from start to finish. This book is a good companion to Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell because Luttrell is one of the students in the class covered by this book.

    I've decided I don't have what it takes to be a Navy SEAL. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 6/8/2011

    " want to know what it takes to be a navy seal? Read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 4/10/2011

    " Interesting book about the training the navy SEALS endure to reach their final goal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 9/15/2010

    " A lot of the same thing over and over again, yet I still finished the book.

    If you are interested in the the Navy Seals and what it takes to become one, then you will like this book, otherwise it is a tedious read at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 4/13/2010

    " I thought it was fascinating to see the physical and mental extremes it takes to become a Navy Seal. I definately have a new respect for these men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 shay | 7/21/2009

    " a very good overview of BUD/S training. i enjoyed it a lot. i'll be interested to read the follow-up book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Markvallely | 6/22/2009

    " Dick Couch is a good story teller. I'd recommend any of his books regarding the seal's as he was one! "

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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

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards: in 2011 for Biography and History, in for History and Historical Fiction, and in 2009 for Nonfiction and Culture. His work has also garnered multiple AudioFile Earphones awards, and he has been nominated for an Audie Award. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. As a narrator, he has received nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.