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The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior

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Robert O'Neill

9 Hours 42 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

April 2017

Audio Book Summary

This instant New York Times bestseller—“a jaw-dropping, fast-paced account” (New York Post) recounts SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s incredible four-hundred-mission career, including the attempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips, and which culminated in the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist—Osama bin Laden.

In The Operator, Robert O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

“Impossible to put down…The Operator is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative, and certainly the other half of the story of one of the world’s most famous military operations…In the larger sense, this book is about…how to be human while in the very same moment dealing with death, destruction, combat” (Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author). O’Neill describes the nonstop action of his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history. This is “a riveting, unvarnished, and wholly unforgettable portrait of America’s most storied commandos at war” (Joby Warrick).

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  • Eric S

    I could not stop listening to the book. The story was told well, entertaining and down right awesome. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Chris B

    Excellent book, great narration., definitely worth the listen

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  • Laura S

    This was an absolutely riveting book to listen to. I would love to meet Robert in person and say thank you. Navy SEALS are truly amazing people.

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  • Dan T.

    Outstanding, and hard to turn off. Fast paced and action packed story of our nation's special warfare operators and their incredible service and sacrifice. God bless them all.

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  • Jodie L.

    I couldn’t stop listening! Excellent book and narration. This is hands down the best Seal book I’ve ever read and I think I’ve read them all. Not to say that the other stories aren’t good but this was written from the heart and with pure honesty and told so well by the author that the story clearly unfolds in your mind and you develop a huge appreciation for what this man went through, all the highs and lows and the bittersweet ending of his career. That the government would allow the crappy treatment of these guys (he should have had his pension after all he endured and accomplished !! At the very least!) Just know that even if your country’s own government doesn’t appreciate you that people around the world do. You wiped out one of the most evil entities in history. Thanks to your courage and that of your team. I hope you have a great rest of your life. You deserve to be happy.

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  • Glenn S.

    Listening again. Great book. O’neill Should narrate other people’s books. He is easy to listen to.

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  • Gary L.

    This book started out slow with a lot of personnel back ground about the author and his life before joining the Navy. It takes a while before getting into the nitty gritty of substance of the book. His life as making it into the Seals. The prior missions he and his Seal Teams he was on and with prior to the big mission. I personally want to thank each and every man who becomes a Seal Team member. We as Americans should be extremely proud and hopeful thankful to have this fighting warriors as our best of the best. Thank You All for what you do for this nation and the sacrifices you and your families have to endure!!!

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  • Stephanie H.

    This is a fantastic read. You won't want to put it down or turn it off.

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  • Anonymous

    One of the best books I’ve ever read! Narration is phenomenal and so is the story.

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  • Chris W

    Fantastic book!

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