Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler
What is Living with a SEAL about?
Jesse Itzler, the author and narrator of the book, decided that he wanted to hire a Navy SEAL to live with him for 30 days. (As you do!)
This isn’t like hiring a personal trainer. Itzler wasn’t going to meet with a SEAL for an hour a day simply for a workout. The SEAL (and also a total stranger) would be living in Itzler’s house and would be with him 24 hours a day!
Why? I hear you ask. Itzler said that he wanted to push himself out of his comfort zone and living and training with the toughest man on the planet will certainly do that for you!
Blog come book
This book originally started out as a blog.
When the Navy SEAL moved in to live with the Itzler family for 30-days, a blog was created to document each day.
Over time, the blog gained traction and so it was later turned into a book, and then an audiobook, which is what I’m reviewing today.
I keep saying ‘SEAL’ as though this guy doesn’t have a name.
At the beginning of the audiobook, there is a small disclaimer explaining that the Navy SEAL was to remain anonymous for various reasons.
However, I think that cat is wayyy out of the bag now, so if you didn’t already know, the SEAL is David Goggins. (Who is the author of another book I reviewed called Can’t Hurt Me, which you can check out here.)
It’s story time!
Itzler does a brilliant job of narrating the book!
In fact, it didn’t even feel like an audiobook at all. It was as though Itzler was sitting across the table from me and telling me his story.
I laughed, cringed, and felt his pain every step of the way. It was highly entertaining.
More entertainment that value
When I review books, I always look at the time to value ratio.
In other words, I evaluate how much time I had to invest to digest that piece of content, versus how much value I got out of it.
With this book, I believe that the value ratio was a bit below par.
There are lessons that you can take from this book. My favorite being the quotes at the beginning of each chapter (I love quotes!) and the workout totals listed at the end of each day (which are great if you want to replicate the training).
But overall, the book is more of an interesting and entertaining story of Itzler’s experience.
Do you want to learn from a SEAL?
This is an important question.
If your main motivation for buying this book/audiobook is to learn from a Navy SEAL, then I probably wouldn’t recommend it.
Yes, this book is highly entertaining and there are some lessons and key takeaways for you to implement in your own life, but if what you’re really after is hardcore Navy SEAL lessons, then instead, I recommend you go straight to the horse’s mouth and get David Goggins’ (the SEAL featured in this book) own autobiography. (Check out my review for that book here.)
My overall thoughts
This audiobook was highly entertaining and one of the best I’ve listened to.
Itzler’s narrating skills really brought the book to life and I was hooked from the get-go.
The only downside (if you can call it a downside) is that there isn’t much value in this book since it is just Itzler’s personal story and experience of living with a Navy SEAL.
But even still, I would highly recommend this audiobook simply because it was brilliant to listen to.
Have you read Living with a SEAL?
This is my own personal review. If you have read or listened to this book, I’d love to know what you thought of it.
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