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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (135 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Col. Robert Morgan Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598878660
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As a young man growing up in Asheville, North Carolina, Robert Morgan was a fast-driving, party boy—a hell-raiser. But when his mother committed suicide upon learning she had inoperable brain cancer, Morgan’s life changed dramatically. He was no longer a carefree playboy; he was a man searching for meaning.

He found that meaning at the controls of an airplane, and in the flak and fighter filled skies over Occupied France and Nazi Germany. The plane was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Morgan named her the Memphis Belle in honor of his fiancée, a Memphis beauty named Margaret Polk. He and his crew flew twenty-five successful daylight missions over Europe in the Belle, and were immortalized by Hollywood director William Wyler in a 1944 documentary called The Memphis Belle. In those twenty-five harrowing missions, Morgan never lost a crew member. The only casualty associated with the Belle was Morgan’s engagement to the plane’s namesake; it simply couldn’t survive the War Department’s publicity demands.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Spychalla | 11/26/2013

    " The writing in this book is excellent, you really feel like you're in the cockpit with the pilot. This goes beyond the typical memoir. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 9/5/2013

    " it was a series of stories about events in the Appalachian mountains beginning in the 1920s and forward. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Wheeler | 5/15/2013

    " An excellent read about an incredible individual and his experiences before during and after the war. An interesting extension to the story as war memoirs often end with or shortly after the war and also interesting to learn the true story of the Memphis Belle having watched the film about her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana Anderson | 5/2/2013

    " The author is cocky. But I guess if I had flown 25 dangerous missions in a B-17 during World War II, I would be cocky too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 4/15/2013

    " Nice personal insight into the generation of WWII and this man specifically. Since I am a history buff and am amazed at what that generation did, I enjoyed the between the lines implications and lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Herren | 2/10/2013

    " I love Robert Morgan! Great book of short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jessaka | 1/26/2013

    " Some of the stories were interesting; some not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clinton | 5/24/2012

    " Wow! This was a really good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Chuck | 5/13/2012

    " Good autobiography "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 10/24/2011

    " Wonderful stories of appalachia. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessaka | 3/1/2011

    " Some of the stories were interesting; some not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 4/5/2010

    " it was a series of stories about events in the Appalachian mountains beginning in the 1920s and forward. Very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 10/2/2009

    " Good book if you are interested in a very narrow, but fascinating aspect of WWII. Quite a bit different from the move, "Memphis Belle"....
    I didn't realize there was a documentary made during the Belle's service. Apparently is is great. I need to find it.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clinton | 6/24/2009

    " Wow! This was a really good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 12/31/2008

    " Nice personal insight into the generation of WWII and this man specifically. Since I am a history buff and am amazed at what that generation did, I enjoyed the between the lines implications and lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 3/12/2008

    " The author is cocky. But I guess if I had flown 25 dangerous missions in a B-17 during World War II, I would be cocky too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 8/12/2007

    " The writing in this book is excellent, you really feel like you're in the cockpit with the pilot. This goes beyond the typical memoir. "

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About the Author

Col. Robert Morgan (USAF, Ret.) was the first 8th Air Force pilot to successfully complete 25 bombing missions over Europe. He completed 26 more missions in the Pacific and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Today, at 82, Col. Morgan still flies and is a popular fixture at air shows all over the world. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.