Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Following the success of his number one New York Times best seller Make Your Bed, which has sold more than one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of bravery and heroism from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.
Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.
Sea Stories begins in 1963 at a French officers' club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II - the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security nuclear sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.
Action-packed, humorous, and full of valuable life lessons like those exemplified in McRaven's best-selling book Make Your Bed, Sea Stories is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||William H. McRaven|
|Narrator||William H. McRaven|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 21, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,040 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4 in Afghan & Iraq War Biographies (Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Special Forces Military History
#5 in Iraq War
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
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I served in the Navy from 1970 to 1980. In 1972 my gunboat went on special ops in and around Cuba. Of course, as a cook aboard the gunboat, I was not privy to much of what we were doing, except that it was prompted by actions taken under the leadership of Fidel Castro in an illegal action against reputed freedom fighters seeking to overthrow Castro’s regime. At times, we worked with members of the Navy Seals.
The only thing I recall in my conversations with one of the Seals is that he didn’t appear any different from you or me. I state this with all respect. He just seemed to be like anybody else, except, there was no evidence of his being out of shape. Mind you, I am certain he was skilled in fighting and so forth. But, he never acted or appeared as such. To his credit.
My point is, when I found William H. McRaven’s book, “Sea Stories,” available on Amazon Kindle, I snapped it up, as well as the Audible edition.
If I had been the editor or publisher, I might have advised McRaven to devote a few less pages to his touching tribute to his father and to his youth. Then again, though, these pages were interesting and inspirational, so I don’t want to come across as critical. Besides, his tribute to a coach resonates with me, almost as well as it did to McRaven.
Aside from that, the book is an excellent reminder of the courage and determination, and even, often, of the cost these great folks pay to help keep our country safe and secure. Read on to learn more, if you wish, or simply buy the book and treat yourself to great inspirational tales that even, occasional, evince some humor.
Sometimes that humor helps, because it follows events that came when some special operations didn’t quite go as planned.
BLUSH FACTOR: If rough language offends you, be forewarned. However, in this book, I WOULD recommend reading it to everybody you know. Bleep out the eff-words if you wish, but even children, in my humble opinion, should have an honest understanding of warfare and the war against terrorism. I know that I, myself, would have appreciated a more honest understanding before I enlisted. I was more like that guy born on the fourth of July – Ron Kovic.
WRITING & EDITING: This is much more than a memoir, even if it is very much just that. It touches all of the emotions. The editing is first-rate.
I initially wanted to rate it four stars but, in considering all of my emotions while reading, and listening to Mcraven narrate his own words, I can only rate this five stars out of five. I thak him for his service and for his reminder of what it means to be a member of the greatest generation – which is not reserved merely for WWII vets. It includes anybody going through the sacrifice and courage that he bears witness to.
A must have for personal reading and gift giving.
This book is awe inspiring. I have "stolen" some of the sayings that the author has shared. This book will truly touch the heart of every American, and you cannot read it without taking something away from it.
I already purchased his other book, and I know for certain that it will have the same effect on me as this one did.
I don't know if Admiral McRaven will read the reviews from his books, but just in case,
Thank You Sir for your extraordinary service to me. I am proud to be an American.
Admiral McRaven spent over 35 years as a spec ops warrior & leader within the Seal community & joint ops that have been a fundamental part of our military efforts since 9/11. Many know the bin Laden raid details, in this book we learn his role in planning & executing this successful mission along with many others. In this book, he shows his gift as a story teller not only taking us inside that mission story but many more. Thanks Admiral McRaven for your service & for telling your sea stories.
My only suggestion to the publisher is to flip chapters 16 & 17. Not only would “Neptune’s Spear” fit chronologically as chapter 16 with those that come before it, the current chapter 16 to me is one of the best in the book & together with the short final chapter sums up some of his best insights.
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There are photos at the end of the book for each chapter that adds a little more to the telling.
You can also get the audio read by the author. He is no trained narrator but having him read his own story adds something to each of the tales he relates.
You might like to go on to "Make your bed", his ten life lessons from his time in the SEALs.