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Highest Duty Audiobook

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Mattered

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This inspiring book tells the story of U.S. Airways pilot Captain "Sully" Sullenberger. Listeners hear not just of his emergency landing on the Hudson but of the life events that prepared him for that moment. As the author himself says, "My entire life led me safely to that river." Michael McConnohie's steady, matter-of-fact narration is very much in keeping with Sully's own character. McConnohie captures the author's refreshingly modest tone as he conveys his life story. Anecdotes about how he learned to fly as a teen, his years in the Air Force, his life as husband and father all build to create a sense of the qualities - hard work, perseverance, passion - that equipped Sully for his calmly heroic act.

Publisher's Summary

In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success.

In January 2009 the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in history when Captain Sullenberger brought a crippled US Airways flight onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all of the passengers and crew aboard. The successful outcome was the result of effective teamwork, Sully's dedication to airline safety, his belief that a pilot's judgment must go hand-in-hand with - and can never be replaced by - technology, and 40 years of careful practice and training.

From his earliest memories of learning to fly as a teenager in a crop duster's single-engine plane in the skies above rural Texas to his years in the United States Air Force at the controls of a powerful F-4 Phantom, Sully describes the experiences that have helped make him a better leader, particularly the importance of taking responsibility for everyone in his care. And he talks about what he believes is at the heart of America's "can do" spirit: the very human drive to prepare for the unexpected and to meet it with optimism and courage.

His wife, Lorrie, has been a pillar of support through all the highs and lows that life has offered, from the challenges of commercial flying to the birth of their two daughters, from financial struggles to the event of January 15, 2009. Though the world may remember Sully as the hero of Flight 1549, the legacy he desires even more is that of a loving husband and father.

Highest Duty is the intimate story of a man who has grown up to embrace what we think of as quintessential American values: leadership, responsibility, commitment to hard work, and service to others. And it is a narrative that reminds us that cultivating seemingly ordinary virtues can prepare us to....

Please note: This title has also been released as Sully: My Search for What Really Matters.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2009 Chesley Sullenberger III; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 11-21-09
    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 11-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "A life time of preperation"

    Captain Sullenberger prepared his whole flying career, as a teenager in Texas, to the Airforce Academy, and as a Commercial Airline Pilot for US Airways for the landing on the Hudson. Scully give us an insite into his life as an aviator, who's everyday life is very much like any of ours with the same daily challenges. How he handle a potential disaster of Flight 1547 and how his life was changed for not only him, but his family and crew was a very interesting and pleasant read. Ordinary people doing extronary things.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    roman 01-13-16
    roman 01-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic"

    for a lifelong aviation enthusiast, absolutely fantastic, powerful and moving. didnt want this book to end.

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    Daniel Murrayville, GA, United States 12-12-11
    Daniel Murrayville, GA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Highest Duty"
    What did you love best about Highest Duty?

    Well told story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Written by someone who knows aviation.


    What about Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger ’s performance did you like?

    Very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    sure, if one only had time.


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired US Airways pilot myself,having flown that aircraft and airport many times, appreciated the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-10
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "An ordinary life turned quite exciting"

    Much of this book could be any reader's story. Growing up middle class, family projects and trips, dating, marraige, children, a hobby, and a job. However, Capt. Sully earned the right to share his story with us after doing something most readers would not be able to do: stay calm and save 150 lives when tragedy struck. His first officer's role cannot be underestimated. This is a coaching manual for anyone working on teams who seek excellence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BopperSS 08-18-16
    BopperSS 08-18-16
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    "Fabulous book"

    I was in tears at the end. I hope to meet this man one day!!

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    Steven Hudson, MA, United States 08-10-16
    Steven Hudson, MA, United States 08-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a Hero - Courage by Circumstance and Training"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story. Well narrated. Terrific ending. This book exemplifies that dedication and training pay off - "Chance favors the prepared mind"


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the back story of an event most Americans are aware of. It is the reflections of a man that had heroism thrust upon him and how he got there. Ditching in the Hudson is small part of the bigger picture.


    What does Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael is an excellent narrator. To hear the prologue from Sully demonstrates what an extraordinarily, ordinary man he is.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Overall the story is told with sincerity and modesty.


    Any additional comments?

    Put it on your reading list, even if you think you know the story.

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    joe fallis 11-04-15
    joe fallis 11-04-15
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it heard the story had to listen sully did great job telling his story

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    Bob Mackey Culver City, CA United States 06-26-15
    Bob Mackey Culver City, CA United States 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Touching, uplifting, motivating"

    I dare you to listen to this book without tearing up!! This stirring recollection is not just about the US Airways flight, but about the man, the experiences and the training that prepared him for that fateful day in January 2009. Told with rich detail and stunning clarity, "Sully" takes you on the ride through his life, ultimately putting you in the jump seat headed towards the Hudson. As Sully said in an interview, "my training and experiences were making small deposits, so on that cold January day, I had a sufficient balance to make a very large withdrawal."

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    Brian 05-26-15
    Brian 05-26-15
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    Fantastic story. Well read and told. Will listen again! These are the rest of my required review words.

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    Edward L. Mckey 05-18-15

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    "Integrity carries the day"

    The performance was alright; the narrator did a fine job, but I wished Sully had read the whole thing..

    The story was solid.

    I thought the message was the best part; we must at all times try to perform with integrity, so that even on our worst day we stand a chance of coming out with hardly a scratch.

    Thank you Capt. Sullenberger, from a once and future pilot.

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