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by Mark Divine, Allyson Edelhertz Machate | Read by John Pruden

With his velvety voice and flawless phrasing in high gear, John Pruden’s performance conveys militaristic certitude but never slips into dogmatism or condescension. It’s the good kind of certitude, which serves as a constant reminder of how much mental and physical discipline it takes to be a Navy Seal. The book’s emphasis is on the mental side—achieving clarity about what the U.S. stands for and what we’re willing to do in tough situations. An ex-military trainer of Seals, Divine is at once conversational, provocative, and inspiring. With concrete advice and powerful metaphors that can be used by all leaders, competitors, and artists, this is an invigorating reminder of the choices we have regarding our values, passion, purpose, and mental routines. T.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine