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Black Hawk Down

Abridged / Go to Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mark Bowden

Narrated By: Joe Morton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2002

Duration: 4 hours 36 minutes


From acclaimed director Ridley Scott and renowned producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes a riveting motion picture scripted by Ken Nolan as depicted in this bestselling audiobook by author Mark Bowden. Based on actual events, Black Hawk Down is the heroic account of a group of elite U.S. soldiers sent into Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993 as part of a U.N. peacekeeping operation. Their mission: to capture several top lieutenants of the Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, as part of a strategy to quell the civil war and famine that is ravaging the country.

Young Rangers and veteran Delta Force soldiers fight side by side against overwhelming odds. For eighteen harrowing hours, they remain trapped and wounded in the most hostile district of Mogadishu until a rescue convoy can be mounted to retrieve them. Outnumbered and surrounded, tensions flare, friends are lost, alliances are formed, and soldiers learn the true nature of war and heroism.


  • William S

    I enjoyed this unabridged book even more than the movie. I was happy to know the movie was true to the storyline.

  • nab6215

    I listened to the abridgement of the book. It was well done and went along pretty much as the movie did. It made me wish a full copy of the book had been available . . . . and that's a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    This is a detail oriented book, therefore, the abridged version is inadequate. It's not such a long book. Insist on the full version.

  • Anonymous

    A great listen! Well done - made the miles fly by as I sat in traffic!

  • Roger Baisden

    I didn't really expect that a book completely based on a single combat action experience (ie I shot at this, then ran over here and a bullet whizzed by me) could hold my attention for hours, but the author did an amazing job at keeping me interested and on the edge of my seat..

  • Daniel Wainwright

    Very good book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Amazing how a battle situation can turn in a matter of moments and how a few minor human mistakes and/or events can have such a huge impact.