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The Life of Chesty Puller
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Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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The gripping story of an extraordinary American hero, the most decorated man in US Marine Corps history, from a New York Times best-selling author.   

In the glorious chronicles of the US Marine Corps, no name is more revered than that of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. The only fighting man to receive the Navy Cross five separate times - a military honor second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor - he was the epitome of a professional warrior. A son of the South, descendant of Robert E. Lee, and cousin to George S. Patton, Puller began his enlisted career during World War I and moved up through the ranks as he proved his battlefield mettle in Haiti and Nicaragua, with the Horse Marines in Peking, in the Pacific Theater of World War II, and in the nightmarish winter engagements of the Korean War.   

Fearless and seemingly indestructible, adored by the troops he championed yet forced into early retirement by a high command that resented his "lowly" beginnings and unwillingness to play politics, Puller remains one of most towering figures in American military history. Bestselling military biographer Burke Davis paints the definitive portrait of this extraordinary marine hero.

©1962 Burke Davis (P)2019 Tantor

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interesting listen

Ingot this on a whim, I found myself stuck in the story and enjoyed hearing about a man who truly knew the suck.

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  • Robert
  • 21-10-20

No "About Face"

I believe that the life of Puller is just too full of content to fit well into a book of this length. as it is, it feels rushed, slapped together and missing key details and pacing to make for a good read. Maybe my expectations were too high having just read About Face, but this book was not what I was hoping for. Puller is an incredible man, and I feel that this quick book skims the surface and leaves us with just a shell of his character and life. also, I found the narration somewhat irritating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-20

Awesome story.

Awesome story. I wish a more appropriate narrator had been chosen, I feel he took away from it.

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  • Brian
  • 20-08-20

What an American Hero! Amazing. Godspeed Chesty!

Amazing story! Loved It! Didnt want ro stop listening. Best military story I've listened too!

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  • Eric Hadley
  • 30-07-20

Fantastic

I have long wanted to read this book however I am generally not a reader. I force myself to read mostly for business purposes and am pleased that I discovered audible and be able to knock out some books on my personal list while driving to and fro. This book is superb on all accounts. Well written, and well read. I believe that this book should be a manual of sorts for our young men and women in our beloved country. Makes me want to go back in time and sign up with the Marine Corp instead of the Army, come on time machines. Chesty was how all leaders should be.

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  • Rusty Jacobs
  • 05-07-20

Great listen if you can get past the narration

Great story, great Marine, very thorough. The main problem I have with this read was the narrator, Such a fake gravelly voice, trying to sound like what he thinks a tough Marine should sound like, even at times tried to imitate a woman's voice. Just horrible. Fake British accent but most of all I feel he did a great disservice to Chesty Puller. He may have been a rough tough gruff marine but the narration is so over the top it almost ruins the story.

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  • Will
  • 07-06-20

Semper Fi Chesty Wherever You Are!

A geat American warrior of a special class of fighting men known as Marines. A modern day Stonewall Jackson.

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  • J&A
  • 12-12-19

A Must Read

inspirational from start to finish. What a leader. couldn't stop listening. Needs to be a mandatory school reading list item

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-19

Chesty

The book that all veterans should read. There are chapters that every veteran can relate to from their own time in service. A.R.M. U.S.N. QM3,8 yrs, USAF. Staff Sgt. 6 yrs.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 29-10-19

GREATEST MILITARY BIOGRAPHICAL WORK TO DATE

One of the most awe inspiring people in Military History, He will never be forgotten for his attitude and honest efforts in a increasingly bureaucratic command.

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  • Jack OBrien
  • 25-08-19

Semper Fi Chesty

Loved the book, Chesty Puller is revered by every Marine. The narrator was good but at certain points his voice was to low. This book should be mandatory reading for every recruit in boot camp. Most memorable moment was when he chewed out the Protestant chaplain in Korea. The other memorable moment was when he said there were no turncoat Marines in Korea, he said look to the other service for that. Lewis B. Chesty Puller is alive today in every Marines heart, he lives forever, Semper Fi Chesty wherever you are. Sharp hand salute.