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Publisher's Summary

After Eric Davis spent over 16 years in the military, including a decade in the SEAL teams, his family was more than used to his absence on deployments and secret missions that could obscure his whereabouts for months at a time. Without a father figure in his own life since the age of 15, Eric was desperate to maintain the bonds he'd fought so hard to forge when his children were young - particularly with his son, Jason, because he knew how difficult it was to face the challenge of becoming a man on one's own. Unfortunately Eric learned the hard way that quality time doesn't always show up in quantity time.

Facebook, television, phones, video games, school, jobs, friends - they all got in the way of a real, meaningful father-son relationship. It was time to take action.

As a SEAL, Eric learned to innovate and push boundaries, allowing him to function at levels beyond what was expected, comfortable, ordinary, and even imaginable, and he knew that as a father he needed to do the same with his son. Meeting extreme with extreme was the only answer.

Using a unique blend of discipline, leadership, adventure, and grace, Eric and his SEAL brothers will teach you how to connect and reconnect with your sons and learn how to raise real men - the Navy SEAL way.

©2016 SOFREP, Inc (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Principles

When I was growing up... Me and my brothers we merely managed. We weren't taught the principles of life (I now know why).

In my current profession, a common saying is to meet the patient where they're at. Having prior combat knowledge, I can relate to these principles and apply them easily.

Principles are principles and combat simply accelerates the learning curve. I hope if you're considering this book to take the time to not only read this book, but to slowly apply the concepts you read. Chances are - if you are considering this book, you strive to be excellent in everything you do.

This is an investment for you and your family. I highly recommend this book from one father to another.

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Interesting Concepts, awful narration

This book's content, like many other SEAL authored titles, is highly repetitive regarding aspects of training (ie BUDS). I enjoyed the discussions on fatherhood and will likely buy the hardcover to finish as I only made it about an hour into the audiobook.
My primary issue was the narrator. I tend to not listen to the sample clip, which I regret in this instance. I didn't care for him at all.
Additionally, it gets quite confusing as the author has included excerpts from family and friends in the middle f the text, and it becomes easy to get mixed up in who is currently "talking" at which points. Makes it seem quite disjointed.

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Why does he sound like a Bond villain reading? Good book but he made it almost unbareable to listen to

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Couldn't take the narrator

I listened for the first part of the book but simply could not take the narrator's voice or style. I still believe the book may have promise so I may pick up a hard copy.

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Amazing, insightful, funny and humbling.

Would you listen to Raising Men again? Why?

Absolutely. It was entertaining and sniper focused. I will be a better father because of this book. Great food for thought and I was amazed at how many times I burst out laughing. Similarly, my father wasn't in the picture and I could relate to what Eric was saying. This book gives solid perspective on how to be a great father. In fact, after reading the first chapter and when I got home from work, I noticed I was already becoming a better dad.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eric of course. I love how he, his wife, his ex wife and her husband are all on the same team when raising the kids. I appreciate the humor, the tell it like it is attitude and the sniper shot right between the eyes perspective when calling me out on my priorities and raising my boys.

Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Peter. I didn't think I'd like the voice at the beginning, but he is right on the money. Great job.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very funny. Surprised at how many times I burst out laughing.

Any additional comments?

Great job Eric. The ripple affects of this book will be seen by generations.

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Great Info, Narrator didn't fit though

Great perspective but the narrator makes the book seem like it's being read to you by a random person, not told you you through the words of a Navy SEAL. I'd definitely recommend the book though!

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Good story, but the narrator sounds like someone out of a Halloween movie with a sinister voice

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great story, narration too dramatic

awesome motivating book. I didn't care for the narration, I found the voice inflection over dramatic, like the narrator was trying hard to sound tough.

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Good content if you can get over narrator

The narrator’s voice almost stopped me from listening through the first chapter. He sounds like a cocky beefcake thug. However I listened on because I thought the content would be worth it and it was. I liked the navy seal stories and a bit of the parenting advice applies. Not bad.

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Disgrace to fatherhood.

This book is sold as family book for fathers and their sons. This author's profanity laden language and simplistic viewpoints are pathetic. It misrepresents the Seals that conduct themselves with honor and respect when discussing family matters. I wish I could get my money back. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • 08-21-22

Benefits od reading

I managed to go through this book twice. In the meantime my kids grow up older and now I can implement more stuff that I hear here. I’m not any special force guy saving the world but a office worker who’s trying to get the best out of any time I spend with or without my family. This book gives me some new ideas of how to develop myself and teach about my experiences my kids. Bonding effect included.
I Olson think that this book is great for all moms out there especially single moms to develop their kids to be resilient to this world.
I’m going to read this third time, only this time I’ll be taking notes to get most out of it.

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  • 07-27-22

Childabuse

Some of the stories and advice is borderline child endagerment and child abuse. Would not recommend this to anyone.

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  • Killian Graff
  • 06-23-22

Decent book w/some good questions for reflection.

Some extreme examples, such as throwing the son's PlayStation into the pool and making him get it again, in Cali-winter.
It was a bit difficult at times to know when it was the author himself describing something or a story from someone else.

Each chapter ends with a series of questions for reflection, which are quite good.

Didn't really connect with the narrator.

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  • Alexandre t.
  • 04-10-18

Great book

A must read for any father looking for a better relation with its family.
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  • Karl
  • 12-19-17

Action movie trailer?

With all due respect to Mr Davis’ outstanding achievements and contributions to his country, I found the action movie trailer reading style too distracting to get past the initial chapters (hence 3 stars). I may try the Kindle version instead.

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  • Phillip
  • 11-28-17

All parents should listen to this book

Super well read all parents should listen to this book so many amazing tips and so enjoyable :)

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  • simon jones
  • 07-02-17

Great book. Great practical advice to stepping up!

I really enjoyed the book. The contents and the direction a the book gives you with advice on how I to think and tackle situations in a different way are very pertinent. It took some time to get use to the animated voice of the person reading the book. Once that hurdle was over come I settled into hearing the advice that was being given.

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  • Kristian Rognli
  • 04-20-21

Who chose this guy?!?!?

Why oh why would they choose this bloke to narrate is beyond me. His voice just kills the entire book. Every word in his joke of a voice is cringy and annoying. I’ll delete the audio book and get the paperback as the lessons from this book do sounds promising and interesting. But I can not for the life of me listen to this narrator speak another word

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  • 05-23-22

My ears are bleeding

The narrator has ruined this book, so hard to listen to, it seems they have added him for extra grit but completely unnecessary

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  • 12-22-21

Good story, bad narrator

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  • Melvin
  • 04-25-19

Narrative is terrible

what couldof been a great book is ruined by the narrator!! unbearble to listen or concentrate on the contaxt. The guy doesnt know if he is Australian or a southerner etc. the guy is a bloody moron what was he thinking when he was recording this !!!

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  • Simon
  • 05-30-17

You'll need to do BUDs to listen to this...

Have mercy, who speaks like that? Impossible to take seriously. Refund please. No more words required.

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  • Gina Turner
  • 09-22-22

It all comes together if you're serious

If you're serious about making some changes and adopting some learnings, this is great. Good stories to drive the lessons. Thank you!

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  • Electra Coat
  • 09-02-22

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I couldn’t finish this book. I have two and a half hours left and I cannot bring myself to finish it. It’s not the content, it’s the narrator that kills this book. Did anyone actually listen to this before they released it? It sounds like a parody of what someone thinks a special forces guy should sound like. Disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-22

very valuable content, average narrator.

I started listening to this because i am a new parent and was interested in how navy seals raise a family. Now I really did enjoy the content in this book, and there's alot of solid advice in it. There's alot of lessons in here i want to take on board not only for myself but lessons and values that i can teach my kids.

A let down about this audiobook though is that it's difficult to listen to Peter Berkrot. he makes it sound like you're listening to a six hour long action movie trailer. Otherwise if you can pull through that, Raising Men is definitely worth a listen.

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  • Ben
  • 07-13-22

the narrator makes this unbearable

I tried... I'm sure the story\message is a good one, but I couldn't endure the narrator past the first hour.
He is trying to make his voice sound 'intense' for EVERY single sentence, and it became beyond irritating.
did not finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-22

loved it

As the father of two young boys myself, I now have some new tools at my disposal to help guide them in life. This is something I find precious and will listen to this book again.