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Extreme Ownership Audiobook

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

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Publisher's Summary

In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting firsthand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this audiobook is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.

Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Their efforts contributed to the historic triumph for US forces in Ramadi. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif, and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.

This audiobook explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the listener with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mind-set and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.

The audiobook includes an interview with the authors.

©2015 Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (P)2015 Mamcillan Audio

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    Josh 10/01/2017
    Josh 10/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Extremely Good Book"
    If you could sum up Extreme Ownership in three words, what would they be?

    Get after it


    What other book might you compare Extreme Ownership to, and why?

    This book is in a category of its own!


    What about Jocko Willink and Leif Babin ’s performance did you like?

    Both Jocko & Leif have a lot of conviction in there voices.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me re-think previous situation I have been in and how I can improve my reactions in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Being ex-military I have found no better information on how to transfer skills to the civilian sector. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING FOR DISCHARGING SOLDIERS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SIMON 28/12/2016
    SIMON 28/12/2016
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    "Outstanding, an actual 'Good Times' read"

    As a former military officer I thought the modern generation of leadership training would have moved on from what I was taught over two decades ago, it hasn't, just the basics refined and enhanced (with better toys in support).
    In my current role as a C suite executive this book served as a reminder of how these military principles should be applied in the coroporate world.
    On a personal note, the recollection of training and combat actions bought back memiories. Often I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement.
    Great job lads!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edwin 20/07/2016
    Edwin 20/07/2016
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    "Great book,lots of skills and knowledge to use"

    If your interested in gaining new leadership skills that are simple to understand this is the book for your.

    The authors do a great job of simplifying complex leadership training and experience in a way anyone can understand and implement straight away

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C 04/01/2016
    C 04/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Well worth the price"

    Lots of actionable advice with highly relevant parallels between military experience and its application to business/ life in general. Listened to it twice already. Highly recommend.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cr3studio 17/07/2016
    cr3studio 17/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much Hoo Rah not enough substance"

    He starts off saying there are too many war story books but that's really what this is. There are snippets here and there but after half way it's just a chest pumping I'm a seal and look how awesome I am

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 09/03/2017
    Matthew 09/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing"

    absolutely loved it! this is a life changing book, i highly recommend adding this to your library

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    Kate Lynch 07/03/2017
    Kate Lynch 07/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great transferable lessons"

    Great narration easy to listen to and apply in business/ life context. Thanks Tim Ferris for the recommendation!

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    landy1000 05/03/2017
    landy1000 05/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "A lot of stories"

    It's great , had a relevant story battle and business with every point.if your not into gun fire stories steer clear, but if you appreciate the demands of these missions you will enjoy it.
    Two different authors tell the story, so it mixes it up a bit, and is more relevant.

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    Rotem 08/01/2017
    Rotem 08/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "cracker!"

    makes complete sense - must read - own it!!! apply it and rewards will come

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    William 14/12/2016
    William 14/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent book for all leaders, from a small team to a major company.
    Extreme ownership is what will change and improve your life

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  • Jeno Berta
    Gilbert, Arizona
    23/11/15
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    "A Must Read!"

    If you're committed to being a better leader, then this book is a must-read. The authors explain in detail how the hard lessons learned on the battlefield can translate and be applicable in the business world. As someone who is both an Iraq Veteran and small business owner, this book had a mediate applications. I am confident that if you give this book and honest listen and sincerely apply the lessons learned, he will reap benefits from this amazing book. To the authors, thank you for your selfless service to our beloved Republic.

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    Jeno Berta

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    11/12/15
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    "Get ready to get better."

    After reading Jacko's book I've gotten up at 5 o'clock every day to work out which, I haven't done so I was 19. This book will change you for the better.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Hausman
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    "Great principles; limited depth"

    As a retired military officer, I can't argue against the importance of the leadership principles as presented, but the concepts needed more development. A single combat and business application for each concept was too shallow a treatment.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • KAREN CARR
    26/10/15
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    "Leadership"

    First Thank you to Jocko and Leif and their teams for the sacrifice and service to our country.

    This is not your typical leadership book. Has great to the point leadership skills with an intense story.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    28/10/15
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    "Succinct and impactful"

    These men have done a great job of making the connection between what they learned as leaders of men in combat, and what leaders in competitive business environments do on a daily basis.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Geoffrey N Ellinwood
    27/10/15
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    "I Can See That I Will Listen To This Book Several More Times"

    Clear, concise and well laid out. Each chapter starts out with an engaging battle story followed by a clear principal/ lesson learned and then a business client story that serves as an application to businesses across the board.

    As a small business owner I can clearly see how I can apply these principles to help my clients, so that I can improve their experience, results and overall satisfaction.

    29 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Gulf Breeze, FL, United States
    13/11/15
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    "Sometimes good"

    The book opens with the usual disclaimer that all of the stories and conversations have been modified, personalities combined, timelines changed, and some details or other parts added to make everything fit, etc., to protect privacy and confidentiality and whatnot. What follows are hours of badly scripted dialog to sell the authors' consulting services. There are few good stories in this book and several really illustrative leadership applications that will make you think. I did take a few things away from this book, but it is mostly bland made up conversational filler. I broke away twice to listen to 2 other books before finishing this.

    51 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Claude Loney
    29/10/15
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    "Spectacular "

    I have read hundreds of business books but this one would be in the top 3 and most likely my favourite. Engaging, interesting and full of real life take aways. I'm recommending this book to my friend and clients but don't read it first, listen to it. It is the best author read book I have ever listened to.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Nielsen
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    2/02/16
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    "Wow. This one surprised me!"

    Narrated by the team guys themselves, the authenticity is high from the get-go.

    The structure of the book is solid, alternating between battle scenes, and the practical take-away, applicable to the modern business owner/leader.

    The central premise is "taking extreme ownership" – as only taking FULL 100% responsibility for your actions and business decisions: can you be an effective leader, correct what's not working, and more.

    It's a good book that I consumed quickly – to me it was the audio equivalent of a page-turner. I couldn't listen to it fast enough, and will relisten to it soon:)

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • zen cowboy
    Calgary, Canada
    25/10/15
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    "Simple, clear and impactful"

    Extreme Ownership was very enjoyable to listen to. The principles were clearly explained and the examples from both business and war helped me understand how and why they are important. Thank you Jocko and Leif for passing on this important, hard earned wisdom.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • James C Thompson
    8/11/15
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    "Inspired"

    I found this book inspirational.

    Although interesting, at times, I was a little fustrated by the war stories getting in the way of showing their leadership framework.

    I am hoping that they will develop on this work and we'll see more from them.

    Powerful message excellently delivered. Left me wanting to know more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paschal
    Cork, Ireland
    18/04/16
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    "Lots of violence but good business lessons also."

    I would normally avoid violence.

    For example it is 40 years since I enjoyed 2nd world war books.

    The Iraq war stories are fascinating especially listening from the perspective of the people who led the missions on the ground.

    There were was a huge price to pay for any mistakes.

    It makes our leadership challenges seem much less important.

    Strangely for that reason the lessons transferred very well.

    Our leadership might not be life and death but it is very important in our lives.

    It is worth learning from these guys.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Scotland
    22/10/15
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    "Absolutely Essential Listening. Badass."

    - Thought provoking, insightful, informative, clear, engaging and very well crafted.

    - Answers many of the simple, yet often, hugely challenging problems leaders face and provides applicable guidance to generate change and improvement.

    - I listened to this whilst training (circuit and long runs) and it helped there too! Not just the experience from the Seal Teams but the principles and the applications to business sections that rounded off each chapter perfectly.

    - Offered thoughts and clear guidance on questions as i thought of them, some of them tough and exposed areas for personal development required. Perfect.

    - I will now buy the book and make some personal notes as I listen again.

    - I will buy the audio/book for others.

    Andy Grist
    42y
    middle grade manager

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    27/01/17
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    "Limited use for business"

    There is only so much you can learn from a firefight and use in business. Takes one idea and kills it through repetition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bernard price
    27/01/17
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    "to much ra ra were navy seals"

    the information and uses are good but there only small parts at the end of each chapter, to much is taken up by chest bumping how great the seals are

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janos Feher
    London, UK
    18/04/16
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    "I expected to get real methodology"

    I expected to get real insights to the SEALs decision making process and leadership guidelines. The book is not bad, but too broad with lack of help on continuous improvement.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • curtis
    26/02/16
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    "evergreen "

    I turn to this book for motivation iv listened to it numerous times now and I still listen intently I think having leif and jocko narrate it makes the book a future timeless classic in my opinion

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    4/01/16
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    "Fantastic listening"

    Very well thought out. Good mix between Iraq and putting principles in to practice. Made a lot of sense and has encouraged me to make a few changes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mauricecronin100
    9/03/17
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    "Some great lessons"

    Liked the way that the strategies in the book have been proven in extreme situations.
    Will definitely listen to it again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • c. car
    26/02/17
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    "worth the read."

    extreme ownership is definitely an interesting read and I enjoyed the format very much. I would recommend it to anyone in business

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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