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Seen as a "high-strung, excitable boy," scorned by his squadron mates, and frequently at odds with his commanders, Luke soon became one of the most revered fighter aces on the Western Front. Exhibiting great audacity and skill in combat, he quickly racked up an impressive number of air-to-air victories, many of them against heavily-defended observation balloons which few pilots dared to attack.
Above and Beyond chronicles Luke's most daring mission of all on September 29, 1918, which cost him his life, and for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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By DK on 02-13-18
Great Material – Not Great for Audio
This is a biography of a World War I aviator and Medal of Honor recipient (posthumously.)
As an audiobook this was not good material for a performance. It was full of facts, information and lots of references to Frank Luke Jr.'s shenanigans. There was no story to perform, it was more of a laundry list of accomplishments (he was a true patriot), great for research.
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By Kingsley on 02-12-18
Good information but stylistically lacking
Above and Beyond tells of Frank Luke Jr., a World War One aviator who was posthumously awards the Medal of Honor. The book tells of his character and upbringing, how he did not get along with most of his fellow pilots (he comes across as arrogant or overconfident, while also standoffish), and how he pushed the skills and abilities of the team beyond what was thought to be possible.
For research and information this book could be 5 -stars. It covers a piece of history that is not overdone in books - the air war of world war one - and goes into great details about the people, planes, tactics etc. It is just let down by generally humdrum, stilted, and occasionally jumbled writing. The narration doesn't help at times either, as it too is stilted in places.
The book jumps around a bit within chapters, as it runs off on tangents or telling backstories or technical details. While hugely informative, it doesn't flow great.
Narration by Joseph Mick is okay. He takes some time to warm up to the book, with the first few chapters not flowing well and there being awkward pauses throughout the sentences. But once he get going this (mostly) drops away.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.