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The Operator

Firing the Shots That Killed Osama Bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
Narrated by: Robert O'Neill
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
5 out of 5 stars (375 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stirringly evocative, thought provoking, and often jaw dropping, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O'Neill's awe-inspiring 400-mission career that included his involvement in attempts to rescue "Lone Survivor" Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In this book O'Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs' most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O'Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills - and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he'd trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O'Neill's deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military's Tier One units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.

©2017 Robert O'Neill (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gripping...this story is impossible to put down.... What O'Neill has written is unique, surprising, a kind of counternarrative." (Doug Stanton, New York Times best-selling author of In Harm's Way and Horse Soldiers)
"O'Neill wrote himself into American history with the three shots he fired into Osama bin Laden...intensely moving and awe-inspiring." (Marcus Luttrell, New York Times best-selling coauthor of Lone Survivor and Service)

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Absolutely Amazing

I loved this book from start to finish. I've never been a big book reader but since I drive a lot, I decided to give audio books a go and this one has hooked me.

I laughed and I cried in this book. O'Neils reading of the book really tops it off. I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without his voice on his words. It's just like a conversation. A 10 hour long, one sided conversation but to be honest, that's not long enough.

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couldn't stop listening awesome book 👍👍👍

love that it was read by the author makes it seem that much more real

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Great read ... however

Great read I couldn't stop once I started on this title. Finished it pretty quickly in record time. Full of stories, a narrative and a chronology of his time in the Seals from Buds through to retiring from the Navy, not to mention taking down Osama Bin Laden. One thing though ... I thought the expletive language didn't really suit his voice and maybe emphasising expletives (at times) in the narration was not necessary. Otherwise great story.

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Greatest book I have ever listened to

Robert is a true hero and its an honour to be able to hear his stories. I loved it from start to finish.

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awesome

amazing listen ,made all the better by rob reading it . willisten again and again.

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Fantastic book! Cannot recommend enough

This was an amazing book to listen. Rob’s honest yet very ‘tongue and cheek’ representation of his special forces career was inspirational to say the very least.

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For anyone who wants to join the defence force!

Incredible insight, amazing journey. I was really engaged from start to finish. It’s given me a detailed perspective of the infamous seal team six! Found myself laughing and being taken a back by some gruesome details. But that’s war and this book is an honest account of it. Incredible biography and a real tribute to how far the mind can be pushed

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What a book!!!

Amazing! Truly terrific. recommend to any current, former or future military member around the globe.

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Interesting story but not well read

Found this to be a really interesting story from his younger days all the way through. Everything leading up to the raid at Abbotobad was probably more interesting and the whole book was really enjoyable.

The only thing that let it down, and it was bad, was the way its read. He seems to have no idea when to read the book and let the story flow. If they'd gotten a professional reader, it would have been even better.

Still a great read though.

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Well done

Great read great story .
And a big thank you 🙏🏻
Enjoyed everything about this book
Sad to see if finish
Hope you do a follow up on life now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-2018

The narrator is shocking

Don’t waste your money guys. I couldn’t finish it. The narrator reads like a child.

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  • Thomas Tobias Dinsen Hove
  • 11-01-2018

Narrator is the author which adds so much better!

Loved the fact that Niel Roberts is narrator which just adds so much extra emotion, humor and an additional depth to the story. Feels like hearing the story across the bar from this amazing warrior. Hats off to him, the teams and the families behind them.

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  • MR A J DAVIES
  • 09-12-2017

Insight into a real American hero

I am not American, but I do recognise someone at the top of their profession who has done the whole world a favour

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  • richard
  • 18-09-2017

brilliantly read, a sense of being with the author

O'Neill tells his story as though you are sitting around a camp fire, listening to him recount his time over the years and includes so much of his inter team interactions that really brings to life the bonds he and others like him share. a great story and an equally great performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2017

Rob reads it do well.. Seals are funny too!

loved it- best part the dancing when it came time for room inspection. so funny.

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  • Jut
  • 28-04-2017

Awesome, once it gets going

To start with it was just another book about BUD/S but bare with it, once past that it's a gripping listen, and O'Neill is great reading it, and often injects great humour into it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-2018

Brilliant

The book was a fantastic account to listen to but the way Mr. O'Neill has written and then read the book it seemed to jump at you.
The small jokes and comments by Mr. O'Neill throughout the book add to the in-depth knowledge and experiences he has had and accumulated throughout his career seem to engulf the listener in such a way as you can feel the emotions of the time.
Definitely, one of the best books I have listened to and I know I will listen again and again.
Thank you

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  • andy Hoarebag
  • 11-06-2019

Modern day hero, awesome.

Awesome listen. Enjoyed every second of it.
I seem to enjoy to books more when narrated by the author, as it is in this case.
He’s a very funny, quick witted dude and it comes out in the book.
A hundred and one awesome stories of his time in service, culminating with the mission to kill Bin Laden and then his transition out of the Navy.

He’s been there, done it and now wrote the book! A must listen/read for anyone interested in modern warfare.

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  • david
  • 11-06-2019

Outstanding.

Couldn’t stop listening. Best listen in a very long time. Factual, interesting and infused with humour.

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  • sean
  • 03-06-2019

Brilliant

Have listened to a few Audio books now and this has been the best one yet. Excellent way it was Read and great to hear the stories from the Author. I tip my hat to you Sir.