The Warrior Elite

  • by Dick Couch
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world. What does it take to become a Navy SEAL? What makes talented, intelligent young men volunteer for physical punishment, cold water, and days without sleep? In The Warrior Elite, former Navy SEAL Dick Couch documents the process that transforms young men into warriors. SEAL training is the distillation of the human spirit, a tradition-bound ordeal that seeks to find men with character, courage, and the burning desire to win at all costs, men who would rather die than quit.


What the Critics Say

"Couch has written an exceptionally nuanced and insighful book." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Riveting and Relevant

Couch's look into the lives of BUDS class 228 is both informative and relevant. By following the day to day life of these Navy SEAL trainees the reader is able to not only understand what it takes it takes to become a SEAL, but also the kind of grit the person must have in order to complete training. A mixture of heart, endurance, luck and persistence is a required trait for these men, and the book displays this by describing the obstacles the trainees must face---and clear.

A lot of things have changed since when this book was written in 2003, and it is interesting to hear about men featured in this book, like Marcus Luttrell, who is now a Navy Cross recipient for his actions during Operation Freedom. While some specifics of training might have changed, the fundamentals have not.

As SEALS are becoming more and more relevant today, especially in the killing of Osama Bin Laden, this book serves as a premier source to discover the qualities of the men that wear the SEAL trident.
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- Steven

Excellent, with caveat:

I continuously listen to audiobooks, primarily non-fiction, audiobooks on my daily 1.5hr commute.
I really can't fault the writer or narrator in any fashion for this book, and frankly it has spurred me to begin redesigning my body, skills, and outlook with the Navy Seals as role models.
If you want to be better than you are, and prefer *reality* over TV/movie fiction, I recommend this book as a tourguide through the training and weeding out process of chosing that path.
Stop complaining about how hard your life is, stop feeling sorry for yourself, and make everyday life easier by a little hard training in your off hours.
I am.

Good job, Dick and Arthur!
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio