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Would you try another book from Gary Williams and/or A. T. Chandler?
I would not go out of my way to purchase because of the author or reader, but I also would not avoid a book by either.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I am only 7 chapters into this book, but felt that I must review early to help others understand fully what this book is about. This book is a short biography of Lt. Murphy that ended in Afghanistan. I thought this book would be a detailing of the combat mission that took Lt. Murphy's life, and that will probably come at the end of the book, but this book starts very slowly detailing his life from birth. That detail moves slowly. It is important for reasons I will speak to below, but when you expect an intense story of combat that slowness can be disappointing.
In the end the fact that this is a biography is both the most interesting and least interesting aspect of this story if you understand the dichotomy of that statement.
Which scene was your favorite?
At this time it is the scene of chopping wood as Lt. Murphy starts his journey into the Navy.
What else would you have wanted to know about Gary Williams’s life?
I think you mean Lt. Murphy's life here. As I have not yet finished yet I cannot answer this.
Any additional comments?
Lt. Murphy deserves to have his life honored and remembered. Since it is impossible to read the accounts of every military man and woman that has given their life, limb, mind in combat, Lt. Murphy's story stands as a representative for them all.
Once, I attended a lecture given by Rachel Miller, a Holocaust survivor. She lost her entire family to the ovens. At the end of her lecture she simply asked that we not forget her family. The same is true of Lt. Murphy, and every military man/woman. We must not forget them as they live on through those that remember them.
So I was disappointing that this book started slowly. Six chapters could easily have been condensed into one brief chapter, prologue, or even a paragraph. The more I listened, the more I wanted to test Audible's return policy. Then it occurred to me that listening to this book was honoring a man that literally died while protecting my family from harm. Once I understood that the slow biographical material came to life for me, and was a good listen.
I am also not a fan of 'perfection' biographies. These 'perfection' biographies lessen the humanity of the subject. It is a given that Lt. Murphy was a better man than I will ever be. That is a given, so help me see him as a real guy.
Of course, I was both motivated by Lt. Murphy's discipline, will, humility, leadership, physical ability, and intelligence, and depressed because in every way Lt. Murphy was a man that I can never be.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. This is not the typical story written about a hero. This isn't James Bond or Rambo. LT Murphy is a hero not just because of his actions in battle. He is a hero because of the lives that he touched and how he impacted them. If you are looking for a battle heavy book this is not it. If you are looking to understand what makes a hero then get it.
Who was your favorite character and why?
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