• The Operator

  • Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
  • By: Robert O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-25-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (6,603 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.
In this book 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.
The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's Tier One units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.
©2017 Robert O'Neill (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Gripping...this story is impossible to put down.... What O'Neill has written is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative." (Doug Stanton, New York Times best-selling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers)
"O'Neill wrote himself into American history with the three shots he fired into Osama bin Laden...intensely moving and awe-inspiring." (Marcus Luttrell, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hoyt Neal on 04-27-17

The Operator

Robert O'Neill is an American hero. He is part of a continuous line of persons who were and are willing to fight those who would kill people to gain undeserved power in this world and a danger to us all. This is a sincere telling of his story. It gives insight into what we should know of the sacrifices of our military hero's. God bless them all.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kenneth Malone on 04-28-17

Great

Have read a bunch of books by operators. This stands a hair above the other's by virtue if the author doing the narrating and the impeccable comic timing of the laugh out loud takes on tho vs that intersperse the life and death episodes.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jut on 04-28-17

Awesome, once it gets going

To start with it was just another book about BUD/S but bare with it, once past that it's a gripping listen, and O'Neill is great reading it, and often injects great humour into it.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By chris on 04-06-18

first book i have ever finished.

Really enjoyed this. couldnt stop listening.
Very good details and had me gripped from the beginning. Makes you realise how minor things in your life that annoy you just pointless and dont compare to anything these people go through. Enjoyed the narration some comedy and sad parts to. Thanks for the insights into your life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

Absolutely Amazing

I loved this book from start to finish. I've never been a big book reader but since I drive a lot, I decided to give audio books a go and this one has hooked me.

I laughed and I cried in this book. O'Neils reading of the book really tops it off. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without his voice on his words. It's just like a conversation. A 10 hour long, one sided conversation but to be honest, that's not long enough.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Obaidullah on 04-21-18

Very little Bin Laden and too much Cowboy

I picked this book to read a narrative on the Bin Laden assassination, instead I found myself being fed a lot of SEAL promotional material. I found that the writer glorified war and was religiously intolerant. Many of the lines in the books could be labelled as straight out islamophobic or disrespectful.

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