The Finishing School

  • by Dick Couch
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In America's new war, the first guns in the fight are special operations forces, including the Navy SEALs, specially trained warriors who operate with precision, swiftness, and lethal force. In the constantly shifting war on terror, SEAL units - small in number, flexible, stealthy, and efficient - are more vital than ever to America's security as they take the battle to an elusive enemy around the globe. But how are Navy SEALs made?
Dick Couch, author of the acclaimed Warrior Elite, follows SEALs on the ground and in the water as they undergo SEAL Tactical Training, in which they master such combat skills as precision shooting, demolitions, secure communications, parachuting, diving, and first aid. From there, the men enter operational platoons, where they subordinate their individual abilities to the mission of the group and train for special operations in specific geographic environments.
Never before has a civilian writer been granted such close access to the training of America's most elite military forces. The Finishing School is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors.


What the Critics Say

"Couch is a well-qualified guide to this class of men who possess what he calls a relentless desire to fight and win as a team." (The Wall Street Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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I was expeting a lot but ...!

Talk about "dull" listening! If I were a SEAL I would be bored to death! Repeat & repeat is the theme of this book. Training makes the SEALS great --- the only thing that I can tell is that they did NOT do was repeat and repeat training going to the bathroom. But when is enough training?
The reader’s monotone was so dry that I'm sure even he dozed off more than few times. Thank god we have the SEALS but this book makes them seem like “dunder heads” --- everything they do MUST be repeated over and over and over and over again!
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- Dennis "Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!"

Great book to follow the Warrior Elite.

Any additional comments?

This book helped me to understand that Navy Seals go through a tremendous amount of training just to earn their Trident. The sacrifice and dedication that these elite servicemen have is amazing. This book truly put that into perspective for me.

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- Glen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio