Tough as They Come

  • by Travis Mills, Marcus Brotherton, Gary Sinise - foreword
  • Narrated by Travis Mills
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Thousands have been wounded in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five have survived quadruple-amputee injuries. This is one soldier's story.
Thousands of soldiers die every year to defend their country. United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was sure that he would become another statistic when, during his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, he was caught in an IED blast four days before his 25th birthday. Against the odds, he lived, but at a severe cost - Travis became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation.
Suddenly forced to reconcile with the fact that he no longer had arms or legs, Travis was faced with a future drastically different from the one he had imagined for himself. He would never again be able to lead his squad, stroke his fingers against his wife's cheek, or pick up his infant daughter.
Travis struggled through the painful and anxious days of rehabilitation so that he could regain the strength to live his life to the fullest. With enormous willpower and endurance, the unconditional love of his family, and a generous amount of faith, Travis shocked everyone with his remarkable recovery. Even without limbs, he still swims, dances with his wife, rides mountain bikes, and drives his daughter to school.
Travis inspires thousands every day with his remarkable journey. He doesn't want to be thought of as wounded. "I'm just a man with scars," he says, "living life to the fullest and best I know how."

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What the Critics Say

"A story of hope and resilience, and a reminder that no matter what life may throw at us, as Travis says, as long as we 'Never Give Up, Never Quit', we can achieve anything we set our hearts and minds to. He is quite simply a great American and an example for us all." (Gary Sinise, actor, director, veterans advocate, and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation)
"This book exemplifies the qualities that made Travis an outstanding soldier: It is gutsy and honest, filled with humor even in the darkest moments, and always driven by a love for both family and country." (Troy Aikman, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback)
"The problem with guys like Travis, is they make guys like me look like lazy whiners. What this man did for our country is heroic. What he sacrificed is unimaginable. And what he's written is simply unforgettable. Read it. I promise you'll feel better about whatever ails you." (Mike Rowe, TV host, writer, narrator, producer, and actor)

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Great Book! A must read!

Where does Tough as They Come rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top! SSG Mills is awesome! This just goes to show yes the WWII generation was great, but so are the millions of soldiers who have came after them.


Who was your favorite character and why?

SSG Mills of course. SSG Mills exemplified courage, grace, dignity, leadership, parent hood, and more.


What about Travis Mills’s performance did you like?

SSG Mill's performance was just explaining what he's been through. And Wow, most folks don't survive what he has, just an incredible person.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How he handled his wife and child after his injury. And how he is moving forward with his life. Just awesome!


Any additional comments?

Yes, SSG Mills, you sir are an inspiration to us all. Drive on Soldier!

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- ken

Great book

Travis' story is a sad but good story. He overcomes all of the challenges that have come his way with humor. How can you go wrong with humor. It's what helps me too.
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- Victoria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio