Yes: Besides the action built in to nearly every minute, there is the moral, human, and personal elements of war presented in a way that requires the reader to think about his or her own condition. This story is so improbable, yet its truth is indisputable. I would love to see this book made into a movie as a way to present to a larger audience one story of the moral conflict that so many faced during WWII and wars preceding and following it. Buy it, you will not regret this purchase.
Top ten for sure. I'll be recommending it to everyone I can!
Lone Survivor - another harrowing true account, although a VERY different type of story and type of war. But both leave you breathless
He's very steady, almost calming. You feel like your Grandpa is telling you a story, and just feel at ease, even in the tense parts. His accents are well done and his intonation is spot on. Great performance!
Each of the battle sequences were impossible to turn off. I would sit in my car ( I listen on commutes) for up to an hour, sometimes in horrible southern Louisiana heat!, just to finish that particular episode. Knowing it was a true story, and listening to what these men went through, was just incredible
My husband and I are both in the Navy, my husband is special forces and has seen much more combat than I ever will. This story though, is more than either of us could ever dream. It's a world in the past, WWII era, and the story brings it to life in a new way. You come to understand how the fighters on both sides were feeling, how they and the civilians suffered. All with heroism, adventure, and humility along the way. An absolutely incredible book that I will never forget.
Enlightening masterful engaging
History of the German air war through the eyes of an ace. Never realized that the Nazi's were really a minority party and you didn't have to be a Nazi to be a warrior.
He's just awesome. Such emotion and perfect timing.
The end - vey emotional.
I can't get this out of my head! Spectacular.
INCREDIBLE ODDS OF HAPPENING!
I CAN'T PICK ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. FRANZ STIGLE AND CHARLIE BROWN
BOTH THE MAIN CHARACTERS
IN THE END IT WAS JOYOUS.
WAR IS ALWAYS TRAGIC BUT THIS TRUE STORY IS HEARTWARMING.
Mom, historical fiction junkie, scientist, commuter who missed the escape of reading & was saved by Audible
The fact that it gave me hope in humanity
When the German pilot makes his decision (can't so more without spoiling)
See last answer :)
Love & mercy upon your fellow man know no nationality
If you love history or even historical fiction, you will love this! It reads much like fiction- never bogged down in boring details.
Say something about yourself!
Great capture of time and place and character. I felt like I was there, for better or worse.
The most enjoyable aspect of the book was the suspense during aerial combat and the accounts of bravery and daring in the face of almost certain death.
What I liked most about the story is the relationship forged by these two warriors and the bond they shared. If only the same chivalrous conduct existed in today's discourse. Where are all the gentlemen gone.
My favorite scene was the near demise of the crew of "Ye Olde Pub" and it subsequent rescue.
I was particularly moved by Franz and Charlie's initial meeting in person and later the reunion with members of the crew along with Franz
I highly recommend this audio-book to any aviation enthusiasts. You will not be disappointed.
Tell us about yourself!
While the book was really a history lesson on the German Airforce during WWII thru the eyes of an ace pilot - the second part of the story - saving a bomber was a nice bonus.
There are a number of audiobooks that I could not stop listening to, and I have indicate as such in my reviews. But, this story was unbelievable. I really thought that I would be hearing mostly about an American pilot, but it was more about the German fight ace. Without spoiling the story, I was very taken aback by German fighter pilot's honor, what post-war Germany was like for them, and the fact that although they love the father land -most of them hated the Nazi party. During the war they were heros and afterwards were considered the lowest of the low. Enjoy
Well told, well read, and fascinating on so many levels, a "Higher Call" relates in page turning fashion the men behind the oxygen masks in combat aircraft during WWII. My husband, a naval aviator during VN, was captivated by the details of the flying as well as the human side of the men piloting the aircraft. After listening to this in its entirety, it's hard not to believe in miracles, purpose, and guidance in our lives. Informative, inspiring, entertaining---what else could we want in an audio book?