The Finish

  • by Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by James Lurie
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"There wasn’t a meeting when someone didn’t mention Black Hawk Down."
—A senior Obama Administration official, as quoted in The New York Times, on May 2, 2011
From Mark Bowden, internationally best-selling and acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and the preeminent chronicler of the actions of our military and special forces writing today, comes an intensely gripping account of the hunt for and elimination of Osama bin Laden. With unprecedented access to key sources and his great gift for storytelling, Bowden takes us inside the rooms where decisions were made and on the ground where the action unfolded. The story focuses on Bin Laden, who maintained a stream of despairing correspondence in hiding in the year before his death, and on President Obama, perceived by many as an anti-war candidate, whose evolving views and enormous responsibilities have turned him into one of the most determined warriors to ever inhabit the White House.
Bowden's book is an unrivaled account of the most high-profile special-forces operation ever to have been undertaken, and a pause-resistant narrative of how the man behind 9/11 was finally brought to justice.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Listen to No Easy Day...much better

Would you try another book from Mark Bowden and/or James Lurie?


Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Bowden again?

Very disappointing. I found Black Hawk down far more compelling.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Lurie’s performances?

Absolutely not....I had the volume turned up and still couldn't hear him clearly. What was the need to whisper.

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

Not really, thought No Easy Day was very interesting and compelling.

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- JMM "Mystery Lover"

No need for the liberal political bias.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author could have stuck to the facts and the story, instead of dedicating nearly the entire book to promoting his pro-Obama agenda.

I never write bad reviews on here, it's pretty rare, so you know it's bad.

Has The Finish turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, other authors in this genre don't write a book in the hopes of getting their candidate elected. Most are unbiased and care about the "facts."

Would you be willing to try another one of James Lurie’s performances?

No, he was quiet...unless the preview shows better.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Finish?

Probably 80% of it. Nearly the entire book is a "rah rah Obama!" pep rally.

Any additional comments?

I was really really disappointed as Mark Bowden's book on the Mogadishu incident was so much better. I've known that Mark Bowden is clearly a Democrat, and that's fine, but wow, this book is just sad. I can't recommend it.

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- Mitch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios