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Way of the Warrior Kid

From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
Written by: Jocko Willink
Narrated by: Thor Willink, Jocko Willink
Series: Warrior Kid Series, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
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Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was the most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who called himself the "King of the Jungle".

When Marc's mother tells him that his uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer, Marc can't wait. Uncle Jake is a for-real super-cool Navy SEAL. And Uncle Jake has a plan.

He's going to turn Marc into a warrior.

Becoming a warrior isn't easy. It means a lot of pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, swimming, eating right, and studying harder than ever before! Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before school starts in the fall - and finally stand up to the King of the Jungle himself?

©2017 Jocko Willink (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Incredible book to listen with your child

Wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Though I was really impressed with Jocko's previous work "Extreme Ownership" (check it out too) this one was geared towards kids and raising kids.

I was a little skeptical.

My wife and I screened it together for the first hour or so. We were both quickly hooked.

More surprisingly my daughter (7 years old) loved it. It became the thing she wanted to do asking me "dad, can we listen to the warrior kid book?" I think a large part of its appeal was having Jocko's son, Thor, narrate the majority of it. My daughter loved it. But she also wanted to start exercising more, and became more conscious of what she was eating. It even helped inspire her with her homework!

I realize there are lots of books out there that are excellent. Many may even have a similar approach. Of the many that I've read though, this was the best of the type to share with my child. Not exaggerating at all - it was a life changing book for both myself and my daughter.

Have we turned ourselves into a hardcore 4am workout / paleo/ conquering all fears / bridge jumping - jiu-jitsu grappling family?

No.

But the book acted as a catalyst to have discussions with my daughter about self discipline, health, fitness, safety, and arguably most importantly in today's day and age, self confidence. We talk about these things anyway. But this book helped focus both of us on the topic.

My son is only four. Though he listened with us from time to time, he was obviously a little young for it.

I look forward to listening to it again when he's a little older, with both my kids.

Worth. Every. Penny.
And then some.

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Jocko! What a guy !

Jocko really nailed this story. Easy read/listen and the well performed. A great presentation of Jocko’s core messages of Discipline Equals Freedom - for the shaping of a young mind.
My 8 year old daughter and I listened to a chapter each night after her reading and bedtime prep. She loves it and looks forward to book 2.
Thanks Jocko!

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Jocko is the best!

Jocko is awesome and put his best teaching points in a kid friendly format. Can't wait to take my kids through this book... Which, btw, is certainly not just for kids, everyone needs to understand and apply these most basic concepts.

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Hands down best kids book I’ve found

This is the best kids book I’ve have ever found. It covers so many of the issues that are found with raising a good little person in this world we live in today. I have suggested it to many friends, coaching clients, teachers. Have even gone as far as buying it for teachers in my sons school. I can NOT emphasize how good this book is as well as it serves as a great reminder to parents to lead by positive example for the people around them. #Audible1

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Great message

The reading is a great dynamic and keeps the material interesting.
Great message to anyone who is looking to follow the path of a warrior!

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  • 2017-12-15

Wish there are more books like this out there.

This is my son's first taste of audiobook that doesn't come in a story book. He loves it. He seems a little intimidated by the idea of being a warrior kid as a 6 year old, and he found some scenes funny when it should've been sad, but he understands the overall idea of the power of working hard and being strong.

We finished the book and I expected to move onto something else, but he wants to listen to this again.

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My daughters loved this story

They felt it was a good story with a great ending. However they found Jocko’s voice to be unsettling as a mom.

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  • 2017-05-02

REQUIRED READING

Where does Way of the Warrior Kid rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This one is at the top. Look, it's a "kid's book" in it's format, but it's also an excellent distillation of what Jocko (and Leif) put forth through their work: Echelon Front. Also, what Jocko is getting at so often with his podcast. If you have sons...scratch that...children, this should be required reading.

What other book might you compare Way of the Warrior Kid to and why?

Can't think of one

Which character – as performed by Thor Willink and Jocko Willink – was your favorite?

Mark all the way. Couldn't have been better or meant more to have Thor Willink read the part.

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

I think it's Jocko's job to come up with that one.

Any additional comments?

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. If you have children and anything remotely related to self-esteem, discipline, respect and responsibility are important to you, read this to your kids.

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  • KWat
  • 2017-05-14

Not just a kid's book.

While I would recommend it for kids this 39 year old kid got a lot out of it as well. Inspiring and a tale a lot of us lived as kids.

The only downside of this book was the short length but totally worthwhile.

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  • Open Mind
  • 2017-05-02

Get both the book and Audio! Simply Awesome.

Would you consider the audio edition of Way of the Warrior Kid to be better than the print version?

I think it compliments the book every well. They are both solid investments for you and your kids.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mark the little kid who was read by Jocko's son.

Which character – as performed by Thor Willink and Jocko Willink – was your favorite?

They are both good! Seriously. I thought it was hilarious when Jocko was talking as Marks Mom, I literally laughed out loud!

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

Discipline Equals Freedom.

Any additional comments?

I will be passing this book out to all of my friends who have kids. This will be the first book I read to my kids. I think this book is more important than those Dr Seuss books. This book gives kids and adults alike a guideline and direction in life - something a lot of kids want but never have. Jocko - Thank you for writing this book. It was surprisingly entertaining, and the lessons that you learn from this book have me fired up. As a 26 year old, reading this book, I can tell you I have benefited from it. I want to become a Warrior Kid/Adult..and now I know how to do it now. This will change a lot of kids lives........the future is looking bright.

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  • David
  • 2017-05-09

Thank you Jocko

Thank you Jocko, for everything. Also, my wife was 9 months pregnant and I gave her some white tea to drink. All of sudden her water broke, but instead of going to the hospital she just started doing burpees until she delivered a healthy strong boy, who then also started doing burpees.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-03

A father's must read

If you could sum up Way of the Warrior Kid in three words, what would they be?

life changing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake

What about Thor Willink and Jocko Willink ’s performance did you like?

simple

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

created quality time for my son and I

Any additional comments?

This book gave me and my son a path to discipline and freedom

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  • THoward
  • 2017-09-02

Excellent!

Not just for kids. This book is written such that the message is simple to learn and can be applied by anyone.

In the corporate world there was a time when writing a mission statement was king of everything, but marketing was behind this message and the message seemed insincere. This book allows anyone, or any team or business, write a code of ethics. This book gives examples of why those codes are important.

I will listen again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-15

Seriously!

I’m a listener of Jocko on his podcast and have heard him talk several times about this book and thought nah it’s a kids book but today I was like why the heck I’ll listen while I work. I found myself cheering for this at multiple times and just bought all of them to give to my grand kids! Being 44 years I found some inspiration in a “ kids book” that can seriously transfers over to everyone of every age! The fact that it tells kids to get off their ass and work for what they want is a breath of fresh air! Mr Willink if you’re reading this BRAVO and thank you!🇺🇸

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  • Annette
  • 2017-09-03

Great book for kids and adults

Great read for kids and should definitely be optioned as a movie! This would have been a great book for me growing up.

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  • damon
  • 2017-08-06

Inspiring!!!

I love listening to Jocko Podcast, it's very inspiring and pushes me to be better. Now we have the perfect way to help instill the same principles in our children (sometimes it's better coming from someone else's mouth). They were very excited to listen to this during our trip and have learned a lot. Jocko and Thor are excellent narrators. Well worth it!

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  • Steve Moore
  • 2017-08-02

Best kids book EVER!

my daughter, who is 5, made me play this book multiple times in a row. she wants me to build her a princess pull up bar so she can train. it's a damn miracle. the reading from the author and his son are flawless.

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  • Julie D.
  • 2019-03-31

thumbs up

great life lessons, great narration.
i recommend this book to all teens and their parents. thank you

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  • Mirela U
  • 2018-08-29

Perfect empowerment message for kids

I loved it and so did my 7 yo daughter and it really helped her prepare for the new school year.