The Price of Valor

The Life of Audie Murphy, America's Most Decorated Hero of World War II
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 6 hrs
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When he was 17 years old, Audie Murphy falsified his birth records so that he could enlist in the army and help defeat the Nazis. When he was 19, he single-handedly turned back the German army at the Battle of Colmar Pocket by climbing on top of a tank with a machine gun, a moment immortalized in the classic film To Hell and Back, starring Audie himself.

In the first biography covering his entire life - including his severe PTSD and his tragic death at age 45 - the unusual story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated hero of World War II, is brought to life for a new generation.

©2015 David A. Smith (P)2015 Tantor

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The shame of this book is that Audie Murphy could offer an intense understanding of a valiant and tortured man. This isn't even on a Life magazine reporting level: this is TV Guide at its worst. The prose oohs and aahs, and the narrator sounds like a souped up TV entertainment talk show. Nope, nope, nope. Save your credit, your money, your time. I gave it two stars across the board only because when Murphy WAS quoted it did indeed sound like him. Bleah.

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From a decorated Vietnam combat veteran....

I’ve wanted for many years to read something honest and concise about Audie Murphy. My experiences in Vietnam left me with no interest in dramatisations of war. I’ve avoided virtually all of them for 50 years. An exception was Ken Burns’ series on Vietnam. It reached exceedingly deep into my soul where I ordinarily spend no time. I’ve made peace with “what’s under the bed”. I wept more than once during my focused listening to this book. The writing is excellent. The narration superb. But the man as extraordinary as he was, returned from war,, as my mother said of me, but not all of him. There are two books here: one a biography of Audience Murphy, the other, a clinical case study of the inescapable trauma of combat. Thank you so very much.

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Not enough about his army days

Most people want to hear about his army days. I understand that he was a movie star but would rather here about his heroic actions during ww2.

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The Price of Valor

Really gives you a inside look in the public and private life of Audie L. Murphy Very good book

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Great little book, Great Big Man

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Who was your favorite character and why?

That would have to be Audie.

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The book made me think about a different time when people were certainly different, notice I didnt necessarily say better, but very different.I was born in 1965 and even I feel that our country and people changed has much in that decade as in the 100 years before this time. Audie was definitely a man from the pre 1965 era, who never quite fit in after the war, and like so many warriors, was never comfortable with the fame his service earned for him. I often wonder what would happen in America if we were faced by an enemy such as Japan or Germany. I wonder how todays soldier would react to three qaurters of his or her unit being wiped out in a few minutes, or how the general public would react to the sacrifices required of it in such a conflict. And then I think the soldiers , sailors and airman would eventually adapt and overcome, and as for the public...well...still I wonder.

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BEST NARRATOR EVER!!!!!!!....hour after hour of proper pronunciation and no fake drama or imitations...very encouraging!!!!!

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interesting

interesting, never knew this about that crazy kid from texas. what a true American hero

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  • 05-23-20

A True American Hero

Growing up Audie Murphy was one of my heroes. To finally hear his story is amazing. He was a shy determined young man who beat all the odds in WW2. He cam away with every honour/medal there was to have.
He suffered geatly with PTSD and still went on to become a movie star. A tragic end to his story in the plane crash.
RIP Audie Murphy.
A great biography

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  • Jacqueline Hall
  • 07-25-19

Hero

If you want to hear about a real hero, a word that is used so much in the media that it’s lost it’s true meaning. This is about a true hero who put his life on the line time and again to help his comrades in arms