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Mike

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  • Once an Eagle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anton Myrer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (122)

    Once an Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above selfinterest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances his career by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington’s corridors of power.

    Glen says: "Just a great story"
    "Read 3 times in 40 years"
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    What made the experience of listening to Once an Eagle the most enjoyable?

    Living the story through listening, as opposed to watching an abreviated version on screen. Unlike reading, I felt as if I was "in" the complete story as I listened. I was in the fire fights and I had tears fall on my cheeks along with Sam when he spoke to the newly formed 55th Division Salamanders"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Once an Eagle?

    When Brandt gave all for General Damon. As a veteran, I knew of a Marine who survived the same action. It was a M26 frag that the VC threw back. Fortunately it was a dud. However the heroic action and thouhgts were the same. This Marine was awarded the Navy Cross, and I was proud to serve with him. Sam spoke twice; once when the 55th was originally formed and on Memorial Day after the war. Each time his feelings and expressions were honest and sincere and the Memorial Day speech caused me to ask myself the some of the same questions about the current situation in the Mid-East..


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I can recall


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An ordinary mans' Honor and Courage.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read Once an Eagle several times, usually at critical moments in my life and it has always helped me find the Courage and Honor that at times has alluded me. I've never been able to measure up as much I'd like, but Sam Damon has always been able to "ground me" and help me get thru a crisis or mature in life as the need presented itself. It's been about twenty years since the last time I read the book and it continues to have a positive impact on my life. This is the first time I've listened to a reading of the book and I enjoyed it much more than the mini-series. Although Sam Elliot did a wonderful job, like all movies from a novel, a lot had to be left out. Not so with the audio version. I really felt the emotion and sensed the feelings of Sam and all of the characters.

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