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Level Zero Heroes Audiobook

Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

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Publisher's Summary

In Level Zero Heroes, Michael Golembesky follows the members of U.S. Marine Special Operations Team 8222 on their assignment to the remote and isolated Taliban stronghold known as Bala Murghab as they conduct special operations in an effort to break the Taliban’s grip on the Valley.

What started out as a routine mission changed when two 82nd Airborne Paratroopers tragically drowned in the Bala Murghab River while trying to retrieve vital supplies from an air drop that had gone terribly wrong. In this one moment, the focus and purpose of the friendly forces at Forward Operating Base Todd, where Team 8222 was assigned, was forever altered as a massive clearing operation was initiated to break the Taliban’s stranglehold on the valley and recover the bodies.

From close-quarters firefights in Afghan villages to capturing key terrain from the Taliban in the unforgiving Afghan winter, this intense and personal story depicts the brave actions and sacrifices of MSOT 8222. Listeners will understand the hopelessness of being pinned down under a hail of enemy gunfire and the quake of the earth as a 2000 lb. guided bomb levels a fortified Taliban fighting position. A powerful and moving story of Marine Operators doing what they do best, Level Zero Heroes brings to life the mission of these selected few that fought side-by-side in Afghanistan, in a narrative as action-acked and emotional as anything to emerge from the Special Operations community contribution to the Afghan War.

©2014 Michael Golembesky and John R. Bruning (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Joshua 05/07/2016
    Joshua 05/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "a bit short"

    great e book, a bit short only covered part of his deployment. I understand part two will be released soon, but feel it could have been one book.

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  • B Mizz
    3/07/15
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    "Worst narrator ever"

    This is such a great story but the narrator killed it. Way over acted with his tough guy talk. I had to buy the hard copy since I couldn't listen to this D Bag narrator anymore. This would be five stars if it weren't for him.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    Caboolture, Australia
    20/05/15
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    "Disappointingly hard to listen to"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody who hasn't read much of this genre


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something narrated by Scott Brick


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    The "good old boy"is overdone and robs the story of credibility


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Level Zero Heroes?

    12 minute prologue, Nevada Desert. I.e. Everything I have read so far


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably a great story but the narration is a turn off

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Asher A. Kenney
    30/04/15
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    "Great Book, Alright Narrator"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Berkrot?

    I'm not sure who would have been a better narrator, but Peter Berkrot, while very into the story, made the main character sound far too whiney. At times when the character was making observations in relatively benign circumstances, Peter made him sound as though the world was crashing down. This definitely took away from the instances of real legitimate complaint and danger.I will give him credit for very few errors (later edited sentences). Great voice and dictator, just the wrong voice for this novel.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Brandon M.
    11/10/16
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    "JFO who works w/ JTACs 2 put warheads on foreheads"

    The narrator pronounced some military terms wrong here and there, such as "5.56" as "five fifty-six" as opposed to "five five six", "ANA" is just read as an acronym not "Anna". He said "50 millimeter" instead of "50 cal" at one point which I chuckled at because that is almost the size of a mortar round. I'm just being picky though and most civilians and even many service members wouldn't have picked up on some of these things. Overall, phenomenal book though. I have already recommended it to many of my brothers in arms and would recommend it to anyone with interest in modern US military history. If you happen to be a fister, a JFO, Fire Supporter, JTAC, TACP, CCT, etc. then this is definitely a great book for you. It provides a lot of valuable lessons that can be applied on the battlefield.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zack Gilbert
    12/02/17
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    "A good listen, probably a better read"

    Really enjoyed this audiobook. The reader didn't seem to have knowledge of terminology or weaponry, calling a 5.56 round a five fifty six or overemphasizing sounds the weapons would make. While he did a good job, I feel he may not have been the best voice for it. In either case, this is a great book/audiobook. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ODee
    7/02/17
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    "Pretend you're listening to a BRO!"
    What did you love best about Level Zero Heroes?

    Great story, lot's of action and names all equipment so it's like watching a movie.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    He keeps the story lively - I thought it was annoying at first until I pretended I was listening to the ULTIMATE bro/frat guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it. Yes, the narrator doesn't give the story it's proper tone or seriousness, but it's still a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Erik
    12/12/16
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    "Awesome story!"

    Outstanding! Great look into the brotherhood of Marines and the warrior bond combat creates. Narrator sucks but tolerable. Semper Fidelis!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    16/11/16
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    "Great Account"

    The Rawness from the writers point of view gives you a real unedited account of the writers point of view. One of the only modern military books that gives you insight to the thought process of combat.

    The Narrator has this calm about his voice that is unmatched. I look forward to starting the second book very very soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brandon Burgett
    1/11/16
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    "Great story!"

    Well written and the voice of the narrator is probably the best that could have been chosen to tell this story! A must read for war story junkies, and as a cherry on top, dog lovers...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    1/11/16
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    "Good book, Narrator could do homework."

    Interesting story and easy to get sucked in. Narration was over the top dramatic for most of the story and the narrator miss pronounced many words that are common and unique to millitary and will drive military listeners crazy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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