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...having read the book about ten years ago, I find it hard to believe this abridgement was approved by Mr. Marcinko. I guess it's likely he did though, since he's the one doing the narrating. I've listened to plenty of abridged audiobooks over the years (including titles where I have familiarity with the unabridged versions), but this one has *really* been gutted. There're a lot of details missing, and you lose a lot of Mr. Marcinko's enjoyable swagger which falls through the resulting cracks.
Either way, still a good story by itself, but if you like it check out the book or try to find an unabridged version.
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THIS WAS ONE TITLE I THOROUGHLY EXPECTED TO ENJOY. I'VE READ ALL THE MARCINKO BOOKS, SOME YEARS BACK, AND HAD ENJOYED THEM FOR THEIR INSIDER'S KNOWLEDGE ON THE ART OF MAKING WAR, AND DICK MARCINKO'S UNIQUE VOICE. SO IT SEEMED A NATURAL CHOICE TO REVISIT THIS STORY ON AUDIBLE, AND THE PLUS WAS MARCINKO WAS DOING THE NARRATING. WELL, THAT FACT PROVED TO BE THE DOWN FALL OF THIS PROMISING OFFERING. THE STORY WAS STILL A FAST MOVING EXCURSION INTO EXCITEMENT AS MARCINKO AND CREW WAGE MAYHEM ON MILITARY INDUSTRIALISTS WHO HAVE STOLEN NUCLEAR WARHEADS FOR PROFIT. THE LANGUAGE IS FIERCE AND FULL OF VULGAR FOUR LETTER WORDS, AND WRITTEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU SHOULD FEEL LIKE DICK MARCINKO IS TELLING YOU ABOUT HIS ADVENTURES AT A BAR, OVER A GLASS OF BOMBAY RUM; BUT UNFORTUNATELY, MARCINKO'S READING OF THE MATERIAL IS JUST THAT... A READING. THERE IS NO PERFORMANCE VALUE HERE AT ALL. MARCINKO SOUNDS LIKE HE IS READING HIS OWN MATERIAL RIGHT OFF THE PAGE, AND THE WAY HE READS IT SOUNDS LIKE HE MAY BE SEEING THE WORDS FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT REMINDED ME OF BEING BACK IN GRADE SCHOOL AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO READ SHAKESPEAR OUT LOUD IN FRONT OF THE CLASS. NO, WAIT, SOME OF THOSE READINGS HAD MORE INFLECTION THAN MARCINKO GIVES TO HIS OWN WORK. YOU WANT A FLAVOR OF MARCINKO, GO BUY THE ROGUE WARRIOR VIDEO GAME, HEAR WHAT ACTOR MICKEY ROURKE DOES WITH MARCINKO'S ROUGH MANNERISMS, PURE ENJOYMENT IN THAT VOICE WORK. HERE, MARCINKO DROPS THE BALL REPEATEDLY, AND JUST ABOUT SUCKS THE ENJOYMENT OUT OF THE WHOLE AFFAIR. DOOM ON YOU, MARCINKO. DOOM ON YOU!