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The gripping memoir of Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart recipient SEAL Lieutenant Mark L. Donald...
As A SEAL and combat medic, Mark served his country with valorous distinction for almost 25 years and survived some of the most dangerous combat actions imaginable.
From the rigors of BUD/S training to the horrors of the battlefield, Battle Ready dramatically immerses the listener in the unique life of the elite warrior-medic who advances into combat with life-saving equipment in one hand and life-taking weapons in the other. It is also an uplifting human story that reveals how a young Hispanic American bootstrapped himself out of a life that promised a dead-end future by enlisting in the military. That new life begins with the Marines and includes his heroic achievements on the battlefield and the operating table, and finally, of his inspirational triumph over the demons caused by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that threatened to destroy him and his family.
Includes an excerpt from the SEAL creed read by the author and a bonus conversation with Mark L. Donald and his editor.
©2013 Mark L. Donald (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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By Michelle on 07-26-13

One Man's Story

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If you are looking for a book with a lot of detailed battle scenes and excitement, this is not the book you want. This is a story about one man and his military career. There are a few "war stories" but in general, this is a life story. It's a good book, well performed, but not action packed.

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By jones on 03-20-13

Captivating, honest, humbling. Just a grade A job

Where does Battle Ready rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Battle Ready ranks in the top 5, but as far as the author and his personal writings, it ranks #1.

What did you like best about this story?

It was a great story about the SEALs with a side that allows you to see Mark as a very personable and humble man. Mark lets you in his head so much that I started feeling the emotions he wrote of, if he was nervous, I felt nervous etc.. Well written.

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I thought he did an outstanding job. Never missed a beat in my opinion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, a personal moment Mark had while sitting at his computer and he was told his team had another mission.

Any additional comments?

I'm a flight nurse and Navy Vet, so I could understand the lingo very easy, being in the field I am, Marks writings made me open up and take a look at some or my own personal issues with my job. He made me feel like I wanted to work with him ( on the medical side, I am no SEAL). To sum it up, it was a real treat to hear such personal details in the life of this man. I felt homered to be allowed to read it.

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By Sean on 04-10-16

hard to stand

I don't know if it was the writing style or the narrators perception of the tone of voice but this wasn't a good listen/read.

First of all, It felt abridged and I had to check, because the author left out a few deployment and other parts and went straight in to the 2nd or 3rd deployment, which was frustration. You want to know why he thinks the way he does from previous encounters.

Second was the author bringing up being a medic and a SEAL constantly. I feel like he should of known the two conflicts and dealt with it, instead everything other line ( it felt like was the self conflict of his roles) was about just this and for that reason it wasn't engaging

having said all this I'm Greatful he put it on paper.

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By Hannah Tomlin on 03-21-15

from one warrior to another thankyou

Love it got me thinking about live after serving myself it questioned me and my actions

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