• Making a Night Stalker

  • By: David Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matthew Moyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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David Burnett takes listeners into a unique world of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. His journey starts in a conventional army unit where he feels unfulfilled. This lack of fulfillment drives David to pursue his dream of becoming an MH-47G Chinook helicopter crew chief in the best and most secretive aviation unit in the world.

David is met with constant hurdles and set backs trying to achieve his ultimate goal, but he is more determined than ever. After graduating from the unit's five-week selection process, he is thrown into school after school and nonstop training before being able to step foot on the aircraft he so desperately dreams of crewing on. After almost a year in the Special Operations Unit, he is trained and ready to deploy with the 160th, and it is nothing short of intense. 

He quickly learns that his new unit's mission op tempo is exactly what he had hoped. He is eager to prove himself among the ranks and continues to hone his craft over the next four years. After five deployments with the unit as a crew chief, he is discharged from the military. After leaving the fast paced world of the SOF community, he falls into a deep depression. Alcohol becomes the new most important thing, and he finds himself in a new and reckless battlefield. He never saw this coming.

©2018 David Burnett (P)2019 David Burnett
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Random lines from other chapters would play

good story but random one liners would play alongside every few minutes after I think chapter 8...

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Awesome Book about the 160th Night Stalker Unit

This was a great book about becoming a member of The 160th Night Stalkers. The book shows us a bit of the life of an unit member. The book goes into detail about how to become a member. The author tells us exactly what the process was like. He tells us about Green Platoon, Water Survival School, S.E.R.E. school at Fort Bragg and his training to become a Crew Chief (sorry if I forgot any training).
The author tells us that he made his dream come true by becoming a Crew Chief with the 160th Night Stalkers. The author goes into great detail about the missions in this book. He decided not to re-enlist after his enlistment contract was up. Life wasn't so great for him as a civilian. To find the rest out, you'll have to read the book.

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Very disappointing, juvenile viewpoint & narrator

I had high hopes for this book, but am very disappointed. With some serious editing and rewriting, plus an adult narrator, it could be much better. The narrator sounds like a petulant 12-year-old, whether doing simple maintenance chores or in the midst of a hot extraction. The sadder thing is that this is also the way the story is written. It's like junior high anguish about getting picked by the cool kids for their team. You do get a fair amount of information about the whole selection and training process to ultimately be a crew chief for an MH-47G in SOAR, but too much of the story is the author's desperate need for acceptance. I'm sure this plays a part in the decision of some to push to become one of the elite in various military areas, but in Burnett's case it seems to be the only thing. Another aspect of this book that really grates is injecting "redacted" by a synthetic voice into several portions of operations as they are being related by the author. Plenty of others who participated in all manner of highly classified operations and planning have manged to use either fictional names or call signs or other methods to avoid having this gimmicky distraction in the story. It's probably not so bad in print, but in audio it is really annoying and just screams: "I got to know and do top secret stuff."
I'll give the author a bit of a break knowing he was writing most of this while recovering from extended alcohol abuse, PTSD and the vacuum of no longer being a part of something that defined his life and self-worth for several years. I really think whoever did the editing/publishing on this did Burnett a major disservice in not working with him to make this much better, and much less juvenile. This work is certainly not the way to honor those who served with him and especially not those who gave it all.

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Night Stalkers Don't Quit!

Really candid book by Burnett about the ups and downs of becoming a special operations Chinook crew chief in the 160th SOAR and how it changed his life. SERE school sounds like a nightmare!

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Authentic accounts

From the smallest details of where things were positioned on a compound, to the description about some of the individuals listed in the book, every account is 100%.

Often times, trying to explain certain tasks to someone who hasn’t been there or done that can be difficult to articulate. You have done an amazing job doing just that!!!!

You bring honor to the regiment and Aco.
#NSDQ #legendsneverdie

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Very informational

Lots of information on training and procedures and a little less on the story telling side. Still loved it though.

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Authentic and First-hand accounts

Amazing storytelling and details. The author takes you into a world that not much is known and helps you to live it through his eyes. Legends Never Die brother!

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A long but good listen

An awesome story that makes me wish I could try out for 160th.
After listening to this story I feel the moto should be both Night Stalkers Don't Quite as well as Night Stalkers Don't Wave.
Nothing but the most respect for these heroes and what they do.

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Wow

This is an amazing book and gives such an incredible insight into 160th and is a huge motivator to me! NSDQ!

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Amazing warrior and inspiration

Excellent book and narriator (which some others didn’t appreciate). Keep up the good fight. I was hesitant it’s buy this book but glad I did.

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Great story

It was great to hear stories in Afghanistan from the perspective of a crew chief .

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