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Sea Stories

My Life in Special Operations
Written by: William H. McRaven
Narrated by: William H. McRaven
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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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. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 William H. McRaven (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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  • Richard Paul Reynolds
  • 2019-05-24

Amazing & Totally Enthralling Book!

Admiral McRaven has written a tremendously engaging book that will have you hooked from the opening words to the ending credits. He has done a fantastic job at retelling his life stories in a way that makes you feel as though you you truly know him at the end of his book. You will feel a deep sense of pride as you listen to every one of his stories and in the end you will have a deep connection to him as a man and leader! Loved every minute of this book and it definitely left me wantimg so much more!

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  • Frankie
  • 2019-06-02

Stories that touch your soul

True to its title, each chapter is a self-contained “sea story” that, for busy folks, can be “snacked” one chapter at a time or (as I did) all at once with the audio book READ BY ADM McCRAVEN. (Nothing beats a book read by the author!) In the he first two chapters, Adm McRaven teases the reader with dramatic stories of battle that...but no spoiler from me. You MUST read (or listen) it!
But the book is more than just stories. Adm McRaven link these stories to the values that define him—patriotism, religious faith, family, the deep friendships forged in combat. He favorably interprets the millennial generation in the context of his role as Navy seal commander and as chancellor of the University of TX System
The audio production is excellent. The beginning snd and of each chapter starts with the heroic, expansive music that I loved in the “Victory at Sea” TV series of the late 1950s about Navy ships and battles.
If you are a hero-worshipper, this book is for you!

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  • PAT KINDLE LOVER
  • 2019-05-24

McRaven is a 5 Star Writer

This is an outstanding story by someone who dedicated his life to serve his country. He would make an excellent president. Thank you for your service Admiral McRaven.

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  • Kikicat
  • 2019-05-29

Tissue! I need tissue!

A most inspirational read because it’s real and it’s true. No one could have narrated except for Admiral McRaven. The only way it could be authentic. Sad that the book ended. I’ve seen him on MSNBC as an analyst. A man of such integrity and courage!

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  • Bill Hass
  • 2019-05-28

Great Listen

Compelling story given personally by an excellent storyteller about diverse experiences. Good from beginning to end

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  • Wil D
  • San Diego, CA
  • 2019-05-25

Great collection of Sea Stories

This sailor can really tell a story. From the very first chapter to the end,Bill McRaven writes a fascinating tapestry of his life. His stories about being a Seal Tram officer we’re a truly inspiring insight into Naval special forces. Thanks for sharing!

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  • T. J. Gray
  • 2019-05-21

5 STARS FOR THE 4 STAR

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5 STARS FOR THE 4 STAR.

WORDS OF A LEGEND WITHIN HIS COMMUNITY AND A HERO TO ALL AMERICANS.

V/R,
TJ

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-25

Sea Stories-a Book About American Hero’s

Sea Stories puts into perspective and reminds us the sacrifices good men and women have made to keep our great Nation safe. The book gives insights into what it takes to be in an elite military unit and the meticulous preparation it takes to get there and to plan for military actions necessary to keep America and the world safe.

The book kept my interest from start to finish. It is truly inspiring to hear the stories of the individuals in the book, the decisions made, and the missions executed and completed for these modern day historic events.

We are fortunate to have men Like Admiral McRaven and those mentioned in this book who have dedicated their lives to protect the United States of America. I believe anyone reading this book will find it educational, insightful, enjoyable, and humbling as they explore and experience the dedication of our military, government agencies, and the people who had to make the tough decisions and carry out extremely serious and dangerous missions. A truly inspiring book with lessons in leadership and humanity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-25

You must read this book

What an unbelievable book and story of this incredible man's journey in life. Not only is his story fascinating, but it's also inspiring. The best part is the story is told from his point of view in his voice. Take the time to read this if you're looking for a book that you can't put down. I'll be listening to it again.

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  • C
  • 2019-06-25

Head and shoulders above the rest!

An engaging, fascinating window into real world modern history events! A Wonderful must read book!