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Level Zero Heroes

The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)
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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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Solid story, reading a bit average

Narrator seemed to lack background knowledge on pronouncing certain acronyms (e.g. A.N.A vs "ANNA"), and is a bit over the top at times, but solid story from the author.

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Hard to listen to

Narrator seemed to lack Knowledge of terms used such as A.N.A he used the name Anna instead which was frustrating to listen to. Also seemed over emphasised in parts of the book.


Overall good story just the narrator didn't do it justice

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yup.. ☆☆☆☆☆

going for the sequel now.. DAGGER 22
this book is really nice.. interesting life of a JTAC.

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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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  • Bob Meindl
  • 03-07-2015

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.

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  • Glenn
  • 20-05-2015

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

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  • Brandon M.
  • 11-10-2016

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.

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  • Kenney
  • 30-04-2015

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.

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  • Lawrence T.
  • 17-03-2019

Great book, needs a new audiobook

Great book! It’s awesome to hear the perspective and story of a fellow JTAC “from” Denver. While the narrator’s mispronunciations of military terms and acronyms didn’t detract from the story, it was annoying to hear the same “mistakes” over and over. It would nice to see this narrated by someone with military experience or a person who was coached in military jargon.

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  • Kevin J. Rucier
  • 01-03-2019

Enthralling true story ruined by bad reading

This book offers fantastic insight into the experiences of America’s armed forces and goes deep in what it’s like to be a combat Special Ops Marine. There is some political commentary, but it’s mostly the typical chain-of-command gripes that seem to be a part of every war story throughout history. The level of detail offered on operations and tactics is highly interesting without “giving too much away” in terms of specifics.

Unfortunately, someone decided it’d be a good idea to hire a bad Zapp Brannigan impersonator to read the audiobook. Aside from mispronouncing the names of gear (Mk 19’s should be “Mark 19”, not “em kay 19”), people (ANA aren’t “Anna”) and important places in Marine Corps history (Tarawa somehow becomes tar-AH-wah), the level of over acting and *stank* Berkot uses exceedingly throughout the book gives the narration a super whiney, bitter tinge. I get the impression that Golembesky’s monologue was intended to be much more straight forward and matter of fact like a lot of Marines tend to be, but Berkot ends up sounding like a mall ninja commenting on YouTube.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2019

Nice work jarhead!

As a fellow jarhead I appreciate the the Marines in Dagger 22. I enjoyed the back story line of the writer. Hearing his thoughts in the story when others on scene couldn’t was interesting. It was crazy to imagine all of the potential opsec issues and waiting to attack with the idea that the enemy was prob in comm with the command unit giving the go ahead to drop bombs or provide air support. What a fuck deal. I liked to small win the guys had with Bear too. Funny how small things like that can truly list our spirits in shitty times.

Semper Fidelis!

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  • JGanner
  • 18-12-2018

Don't bother...

Sadly, the narrators voice acting made this impossible to finish. Just buy the hard copy.

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  • K. Swan
  • 23-10-2018

What a job!

Go Army! But I love my marine brethren also. Loved the story and narration. Hoorah!

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  • David
  • 16-10-2018

Good story horrible narrator!!!!!

I couldn’t really pay attention because this f****** guy went way WAY over board on trying to express his voice talents here... I want a fucking book credit for his trash