• Above and Beyond

  • The Incredible Story of Frank Luke Jr., Arizona's Medal of Honor Flying Ace of the First World War
  • By: Keith Warren Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Joseph Mick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 01-02-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Keith Warren Lloyd
  • 4.4 (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Above and Beyond is the incredible true story of Frank Luke Jr., the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor. When America entered the First World War in 1917, Luke became a fighter pilot in the newly formed US Army Air Service and was soon serving with a combat squadron in France.
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.
©2015 Keith Warren Lloyd (P)2017 Keith Warren Lloyd
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Customer Reviews

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By Carson S. on 01-17-18

Brief but Engrossing

Any additional comments?

While a short book, it achieves what I assume to be its main goals of telling an important story, and engaging the reader/listener. The author spends about 15 minutes on Frank Luke Jr.'s childhood, as well as some time on his entrance into flying and some relevant aspects of the war itself so that the main story does not sit alone in a vacuum.

It's very clear that as much research as possible was done, and the author mentions when facts are not known for certain or there are differing versions of the same event. Because of this, there's not much detail in the 'battle scenes' of the book - aerial victories are most "he shot down the enemy," missing the blow-by-blow accounts that a memoir would have - though I prefer this approach over the author having invented his own version of events.

Occasionally the wording of the book sounds like it's trying a bit hard to be dramatic, and the author frequently changes between referring to Frank Luke Jr. as "Frank" or "Luke" without any consistency that I could tell.

The narrator does a good job, with the audio being clear and constant volume. Occasionally a foreign word was mis-pronounced, but most were not, and comma pauses are longer than I'm comfortable with - but the sample provided is accurate to the rest of the book for buyers to decide for themselves.

Despite minor gripes, this was definitely a book that I didn't want to pause or put down. Chapters vary from 6-23 minutes and line up with the book chapters, making it easy to know when your next break is coming.

I was provided this audiobook at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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By Benjamin on 01-12-18

Exciting tale of a great warrior.

If you could sum up Above and Beyond in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Exciting, Tragic

What other book might you compare Above and Beyond to and why?

This is a difficult question for me because this book was outside of my usual fare. I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

What does Joseph Mick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He narrated the book very well and made it so that I could enjoy it. Very well done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did feel for Frank Luke when he found out about his friend.

Any additional comments?

I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review.

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