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Number-One Multi-Million-Copy Best Seller • A one-of-a-kind portrait of a true American hero: General Chuck Yeager  

“The secret of my success is that I always managed to live to fly another day.” 

General Chuck Yeager was the greatest test pilot of them all - the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound...the World War II flying ace who shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51 Mustang...the hero who defined a certain quality that all hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to achieve: the right stuff. 

Now he tells his whole incredible life story with the same “wide-open, full throttle” approach that has marked his astonishing career. What it was really like engaging in do-or-die dogfights over Nazi Europe. How after being shot down over occupied France, Yeager somehow managed to escape. The amazing behind-the-scenes story of smashing the sound barrier despite cracked ribs from a riding accident days before. 

The entire story is here, in Yeager’s own words, and in wonderful insights from his wife and those friends and colleagues who have known him best. It is the personal and public story of a man who settled for nothing less than excellence.

©1986 Chuck Yeager (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • John
  • 08-05-20

Just an Amazing Life

Many people are familiar with a part of Chuck Yeager's life from the movie "The Right Stuff." Let's say that, while very entertaining, the movie does not get everything right. The real story is even more interesting.

Chuck's adventures in through World War II would alone also make an almost unbelievable movie. Chuck was a double ace and once shot down five planes in one day. On top of that he bailed out and had a harrowing escape through the underground. Amazing.

When Chuck broke the sound barrier after the war, he was only, by my count 24 or 25. He then did more test flying, and then led squadrons in Germany and elsewhere. All along the way, he met the icons of the age and had many colorful friends and admirers, including Pancho Barnes and Jackie Cochran. There is just one amazing story after another.

The book ends in the 1980s. As this review is written, Chuck is still with us at 97. A true American hero.

This is a great book. The narration is mainly in the first person by "Chuck" with excerpts from his wife Glynnis and others (not the real people--professional narrators playing their parts). It is well done.

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  • David M
  • 04-01-21

excellent!!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed this book. If you are an aviation buff you will love it. If you are not an enthusiast you will still find it riveting. It is a great story about what can be achieved, both technically and personally. I will read it again.

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  • Abby Furlong
  • 29-01-21

inspirational

More people should read this book and ones like it. From a time when our country was a better place and so many had better vslues. We are privileged that such an inspirational story with some of the most inspirational people took the time to share with us.

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  • Cliff
  • 08-03-21

Entertainment at its finest

I was hoping that this book was good. I really enjoyed it. Take the chance

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  • Andy
  • 07-03-21

Inspiring stories of a life well lived

Encouraging to the end, Chuck Yeager lived “full out”for all of his life and shares how that worked out for him all along the way. He clearly knew who he was and was true to himself throughout.

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  • Doug
  • 07-03-21

One of the Best!

An incredible life story, start to finish. One of America's best, a real hero who shaped the future and did it with style and a lot of piss and vinegar.

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  • Sam
  • 19-02-21

I don’t exaggerate reviews over 30 military books this is a top

Unreal history and feats. Awesome performances one of the best quality audibles I’ve ever heard besides the epic story. This book could’ve been a 10part series so having one hi quality recording is very rich. 10/10 the only book I’ve ever given this rating I believe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

Wonderful History and autobiography

This was a wonderful history of a truly great American. A man that was self made through his dedication to his nation, brothers in arms and family. A very inspiring story that all can benefit from.

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  • Jillian Drewes
  • 29-01-21

Loved by the granddaughter of a Cold-war era navy pilot

I thoroughly enjoyed reading General Yeager’s autobiography. While his time came after Yeager’s, my grandfather was a bomber pilot in the US Navy during the Cold War/Korean War era. He also loved flying so much, and we even got to together to see Gen. Yeager take off in a Mustang at an air show many years ago. This book gives me just a glimpse of why my Grandpa loves flying (even though he’s not able to fly as a pilot anymore)- and to better understand my love of what I do as a critical care nurse. Fives stars for this book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-21

Great book

His stories and adventures are pretty incredible! The voices of the narrators were unintuitive and pleasant. Definitely recommend this book, even if you don’t care about flying.

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  • David Bould
  • 21-12-20

More than just the man who broke the sound barrier

A brilliant book, a life lived to the full, a generation we will never see again.

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  • L. H.
  • 09-12-20

An outstanding story

What a life, lived to the full. A brilliant story of hard work, talent, luck and living life to the fullest.

A highly recommended listen.

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  • Mr J M Waterson
  • 05-10-20

Amazing story of Chuck Yeager

This book is a must listen. The things he has done is incredible.
Definitely worth a listen.

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  • G L Kent
  • 02-03-21

wonderful experience

incredibly rewarding. a full and rich life well written and performed. inspiring for new pilots and a reminder to enjoy every second you have for the older.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-21

incredible

this is must hear/read.
had it in while driving. made my two 9 hour drives just disappear. was kept alert as I didn't want to miss a thing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-20

a great account of a real man

read this book 3 times and listened this time.
A great account of a real man's real life. From growing up to learning to fly to war and on to breaking the sound barrier and much more.
great book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-20

enjoyed every minute

Exceptional, one of the best autobiographies I have read to date.
Thanks for making this audiobook.