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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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    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 2 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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    Amazon Customer 05/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best ...."

    Absolutely incredible book. Changes the way you think and gives you confidence and control in any situation.

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    Michael 28/11/2016
    Michael 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Returned it - Only gave it an hour."

    The reviews on this book really made me want to give it a listen, so I purchased it... Later, I refunded it for my credit back.

    To be fair, I didn't really give it much of a chance, only listened to an hour or so, but that was enough.

    The whole first hour is the two guys telling you why they've written the book, over and over again. One of them, with a super deep tough guy voice,tells a combat story which is so full of unexplained military jargon that I was confused and didn't really know what he was talking about.

    The biggest disappointment was probably the fact that in the introduction, they tell you that they've changed just about every detail relating to every story, as well as added or taken away pieces that make their stories compatible with Business training scenarios.

    I actually paused for a moment because it took him so long to explain how many details they changed or added that I nearly turned it off at that point.

    It's likely that their leadership training was developed in the writing room, as opposed to on the battle field.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sam 21/11/2016
    Sam 21/11/2016
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    "Leadership on full throttle"

    Love the fact that the authors narrated the book. It gives a sense of authority to a very powerful and poignant message. Implementing Extreme Ownership in my life and teams, looking forward to seeing the defect on my sales team.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 14/11/2016
    Darren 14/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Ferocious inspiration"

    a fantastic insight with lessons learnt and how to apply. The three L's Look, Listern and Learn redefined and execute.

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    Daniel 06/11/2016
    Daniel 06/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Team before any individual"

    Very easy to listen to and leadership principles and their implementation well explained via military and business examples
    Will be listening to it a few more times

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    Karl Ranson 02/11/2016
    Karl Ranson 02/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Powerful, entertaing and useful."

    Great. love the war stories. would be even more applicable to include additional business examples

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    Matt Struthers 27/10/2016
    Matt Struthers 27/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories to back up great principles"

    I found this book easy to listen to and understand.
    Maybe due to my own background and current employment, but the example accounts leading into the principles and business relation made it very simple to grasp the concepts.
    Having Jocko and Leif run a workshop in our environment would be very beneficial, in my opinion.

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  • 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.

    18 of 18 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:)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jeno Berta
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    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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    7 of 7 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.

    18 of 20 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.

    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • CoolRich59
    Chicago, IL
    12/02/16
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    "Starts Strong...then fades"

    I really liked this when I started. So much so that I bought another copy for my son. But then it starts to get predictable. Then it gets more predictable, and pedantic, and - frankly - tiresome. I wish it was otherwise, but that's my take.

    4 of 4 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.

    13 of 15 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.

    25 of 30 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.

    10 of 12 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.

    12 of 15 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.

    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
  • 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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
  • James H
    5/12/16
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    "Enjoyable and great leadership book"

    Was recommended this book by my boss. Great leadership lessons with real life interesting stories to back it up. Was worried it would be too military focused - it's not. Fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michal Dybowski
    25/11/16
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    "Great work motivator"

    Simplified terminology and full and comprehensive description about how and why become decisive at all aps

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adrian Mansfield
    18/11/16
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    "I struggled probably due to the narration"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the topic is a good one, the ideas are sound I just struggled with the narration methods and to be frank the fact that most of the examples came from one area - Iraq war. Not that war can't be used in business but i'd like to have had some business examples along side war stories.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More real life examples and "better" narration (both subjective)


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    NA


    Was Extreme Ownership worth the listening time?

    Overall probably but more down to the respect for the two guys than what I got from their examples


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam Wilkinson
    1/11/16
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    "Awesome"

    An awesome book. The war stories are entertaining and interesting yet the points made are relevant and applicable. One I will listen to many times I think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ivaylo
    31/10/16
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    "Great book on leadership"

    Great narration by the authors, trilling battlefield stories and important lesson we should all learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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