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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 25 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 25 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.

A powerful chronicle of loyalty, love, and astonishing bravery, The Man Who Flew the Memphis Belle takes you into the heart of the war above 20,000 feet, and into the unforgettable life of one of America's greatest World War II heroes.

©2001 Colonel Robert Morgan (P)2001 HighBridge Company

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Abridged Version = Butchered

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Overall, the performance was great. However, having read the actual full version of this book I cannot recommend this abridged version. Whoever did the entire abridging process, basically took a hacksaw willy-nilly to the entire book and removed a lot of the important parts from this book. If you would like a true picture of Bob Morgan during WWII, then please buy the book and read it. There was just too much important moments/events and information missing from this abridged version. Events such as his trip home to North Carolina where he burns the breaks out on his B-17 or the vast majority of his time in the Pacific Theater.

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Abridged version not as good

I was reading the story as well as listening to it on audible. I didn’t realize the audible version was abridged and it’s a terrible version. So much of the original story was left out and I was disappointed knowing I didn’t get the full story when I was listening. The parts that were left out didn’t make sense either; very random sections not being read aloud.

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A Love Letter to a B-17....

Great memoir. Great narrator. If you enjoyed the movie The Memphis Belle you will like this book.

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This book should be mandatory in schools

This book, audio or not, is a true story of a man who found his way by very unordinary means. Triumph, tradegy, and the firsts of firsts. May Capt. Morgan now know true peace and thank you for all you have done sir. I will always be grateful.