Not a Good Day to Die

  • by Sean Naylor
  • Narrated by John Henry Cox
  • 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At dawn on March 2, 2002, America's first major battle of the 21st century began. Over 200 soldiers of the 101st Airborne and 10th Mountain Division flew into Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kotvalley - and into the mouth of a buzz saw. They were about to pay a bloody price for strategic, high-level miscalculations that underestimated the enemy's strength and willingness to fight.
Now, award-winning journalist Sean Naylor, an eyewitness to the battle, details the failures of military intelligence and planning and vividly portrays the astonishing heroism of these young, untested US soldiers. Denied the extra support with which they trained, these troops nevertheless proved their worth in brutal combat and prevented an American military disaster.


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Customer Reviews

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Probably okay to read, horrible to hear

What disappointed you about Not a Good Day to Die?

Incredibly boring narration/reading. This might be okay to read, though it really needs a lot of editing. Every aspect has to be explored in ridiculous detail as it assumes the reader/listener has no prior knowledge of history, the military or even the distinction between Army and Navy. I'm only in to Chapter 9 and am abandoning the book as not worth the tortuous time to wait and see if it ever gets better.

Would you recommend Not a Good Day to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

No. This book is trying to be everything at once, and succeeds only in being very boring. The writer simply has no ability to tell a story. Instead he substitutes tons of little bits of trivia and name-dropping and detailed explanation of the difference between Army and Navy special operators. There may actually be a pony in this pile somewhere, but I'm not willing to dig through the pile to see if there is.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No change of pace or tone whether describing a hot insertion or background history, or fuel consumption logistics.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I can find. It's much too detailed and scattered for someone that's not already a military history fan. At the same time it goes into details and history bits that assume the reader has no prior knowledge of anything.

Any additional comments?

Good editing and a different narrator cold probably save this, but it's too late now. Sure wish I could preview bits of audio books here the way you can for music on iTunes store.

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- R. Denton "Audiobooks help me hold on to the few wits I have left."


50% story 50% after Action Report. well written and extremely well narrated. this book tells the story of operation Anaconda in a very detail-oriented way. it gives the account of the Warriors on the ground taking fire to the generals far removed and everyone in between, exposing the listener to the complex reality that is Modern Combat. if you're looking for a book purely about firefights this may not be for you but if you want to hear the in depth history behind the battle you will find this book to be fascinating. because this book was written in 2004 new information has become available and I highly recommend reading Pete Blaber; The Mission, The Men, and Me (2008) and Malcolm MacPherson; Roberts Ridge (2005) which fills in the holes on TF 11, AFO, TF Green, and TF blue.
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- Ann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.