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Never Quit

From Alaskan Wilderness Rescues to Afghanistan Firefights as an Elite Special Ops PJ
Written by: Jimmy Settle, Don Rearden
Narrated by: Chris Abell
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The epic memoir of an Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero.

"That Others May Live" is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska's 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALs in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are the least known and most highly trained of America's warriors. Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe-store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero. After being shot in the head during a dangerous high mountain operation in the rugged Watapur Valley in Afghanistan, Jimmy returns to battle with his teammates for a heroic rescue, the bullet fragments stitched over and still in his skull. In a cross between a suicide rescue mission and an against-all-odds mountain battle, his team of PJs risk their lives again in an epic firefight. When his helicopter is hit and begins leaking fuel, Jimmy finds himself in the worst possible position as a rescue specialist - forced to leave members from his own team behind. Jimmy will have to risk everything to get back into the battle and bring back his brothers.

From death-defying Alaskan wilderness training, wild rescues, and vicious battles against the Taliban, this is an explosive special operations memoir unlike any that has come before and the true story of a man from humble beginnings who became an American hero.

©2017 Jimmy Settle (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great Read

very inspirational book which makes us realize that we should be thankful for people like the author

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Great book

Loved the content and will be listening to it multiple times. It was a great listen

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Sort of okay.....

This book is mostly about his training which is disappointing. Only the last 1.5 hrs is about his life as a PJ. One thing, his life as a PJ was cut short by injury. In these kind of books, the author always write about his (tough training) which I don’t doubt, but this one takes it to a whole new level which takes up way too much of this book.

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Amazing!

Fantastic book, and a testament to the endurance and sheer will of the human spirit. As a military member myself, I have the utmost respect for all those in the SAR trade. Read/listen and enjoy, you won't be disappointed.
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  • Larry
  • 2017-11-26

Unbelievable Heroism by AF Parajumpers

.An avid reader most of my life and as a retired sportswriter, writing has been a passion of mine...Now just turning 70, my eyes are that great but I love audiobooks. In the last 7-1/2 years, I’ve read nearly 300 books.

I love books about Special Operations Forces. In all my time listening to great books, I adamantly state that “Never Quit.” an incredibly in depth look at the life of a domestic and military AF Parajumper rates as the greatest story of an incredible band of heroes that has somewhat flown under the radar in relation to Special Operators.

In most humble of opinions, “Never Quit,” the full life story of Alaskan Air Force Parajumper Jimmy Settle is the best audiobook I have ever listened to...To say too much about the book would be a complete unstatement.

To Jimmy Settles and his life long compadres, you folks are the absolute “heroes of heroes” and it was my most esteemed honor to listen to your story...words can’t describe how proud I am to know men and women like you and the job y’all do Jimmy!
My 41-year-old son will be receiving your story in hardback as a cherished Christmas gift.

Thank you and your fellow Parajumpers, domestically and in wars abroad for being incredible.
— Larry Bodin, Port Neches, Tex.

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  • Susan Jackson
  • 2018-01-12

Phenomenal

A rare, inside look into the courageous life of a United States Pararescue specialist, James Settle humbly shares his inspiring story - full of laugh out loud humor, and awe inspiring motivation and gut wrenching bravery. One of the best nonfiction reads out there.

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  • Clarice
  • 2017-11-26

Great story narration is outstanding

Book is dedicated to the men of the USAF Pararescue. Fact filled and fast paced.

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  • Brock
  • 2017-09-18

Pretty good, not a waste of time.

I did enjoy this book. Some parts drug on, but overall pretty good. Could have definitely listened to more wilderness rescue and combat rescue, but for the uneducated on the PJ pipeline, it gives an extremely in depth look at the rigors of the rescue training regimen.

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  • Chris
  • 2017-12-10

A Different View of the Spec Ops World

What did you love best about Never Quit?

The book was well written and it kept my attention throughout. The author allows us civilians to see another side of the special operations world. While most of these books share missions in which the enemy ends up dead, this is about saving lives.

What other book might you compare Never Quit to and why?

I don't think I can compare this book to others in the same category. The main thing this book has in common with others, is the operators ability to literally never quit no matter what. That by itself is impressive.

Which scene was your favorite?

**SPOILER**

The author and his friend spray painting green frogs everywhere while in jump school. Just imaging the look on everyone's faces (especially the leadership) had me laughing pretty good.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure. It's better it doesn't get made into a movie. Hollywood will just butcher the real story anyways.

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice if there were more missions included in the story.

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  • Wayne
  • 2018-02-23

Pararescue jumper memoir

Never Quit is the the autobiographical story as a pararesuce jumper of Jimmy Settle. Most of the book is about his special forces training. The story ends with his combat service in Afghanistan rescuing injured soldiers. It is a heck of a story which is also well narrated.

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  • Alessandro
  • 2017-09-04

Inspiring

Jimmy's success through out his life's trials and tribulations reveal the grit and perseverence in his character. His approach to life is truly inspiring and one I would strive to follow. I would never be able to become a PJ like Jimmy did but I can still aspire to tackle every obstacle in my own life like he does.

Be well Jimmy Settle and much success and prosperity to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • Kenny Powers
  • 2017-12-28

Amazing

Just amazing. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. Really cannot describe just how grateful I am for everyone’s service. God Bless

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  • Adam J Commissaris
  • 2017-09-21

Great description of an actual pj

Great read for a accurate description of what pj's do for our country. I'm proud to support them.

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  • Michael E.
  • 2017-09-09

CSAR

As a member of the CSAR community, Settle gives the “real deal” viewpoint of the “Never Quit” mentality, strength, and endurance it takes to survive the pipeline and the CSAR world.

TOML

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