I have always been a fan of historical novels, but usually I steered away from ones about WWII. For me it was clear, there were good guys and bad guys and I knew exactly who was who in that war. However, I was wrong. This book changed my point of view. Not drastically, but enough that it gave me pause. Who were the German pilots? Why did they fly? Were they all nazis who blindly followed the "party" or did they have thoughts of their own? Did they have a code of conduct, acknowledge the Geneva Convention or was the goal to just shoot down as many planes as they could? What happened to them after the war?
This book was very addictive. I looked forward to each chapter and loved how the story isn't told from the "American's" point of view, this isn't his story. That isn't what it is about. This story is about find the human being, the person, behind the term Luftwasse and what it means to serve a "higher call".
My one regret isn't for me, but for the author. There is moment in the book where he talks about seeing a German pilot at an airshow and how the man was somewhat shunned, and how he didn't go up and speak to him. I regret that he did not. That man probably had stories of his own to tell; Stories that he would have liked to share with someone, a dignity that should have been recognized. I would like to have heard his story as well. Ah well, what is missed is missed and the only the wind hears its song.
This is a good story, and I recommend it.
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I saw this book had received a landslide of amazing reviews, and was eager to listen to it. I also enjoy learning about World War II, so I knew I'd enjoy it. It didn't diappoint me, but it also didn't thrill me like I thought it might. It was no Unbroken, which after reading all the reviews I thought it could be. There are a couple key chapters in the book, and I often found myself wanting to speed it along to these pivotal moments. The book closes with such an amazing wrap up to the story that it leaves a great final impression, and makes you glad you listened to it.
Wonderful story, made all the better because it's true. It really brought to life what it was like to be a fighter pilot in WWII. Certainly not as romantic as novels would have us believe. Solid narrator, too. All around well worth the listen. Left me moved and in tears.
At the top. One of the best books I've ever read, or listened to.
Franz Stigler was my favorite character because, although bound by duty, he maintained his humanity in the midst of madness.
No, to many other books to read but would recommend it to anyone who has not read it and enjoys history coming to life.
None, it is a unique story and many respects.
Dean voice was easy to listen to and use of inflections and accents heightened the listeners pleasure.
The moment when the two main characters met after a live time living apart.
An old tech geek with a love of reading, but with limited time. I love just about any genre'. A good book is a good book.
Franz Stigler due to his heroics and character.
I could tell you, but you should listen/read the book.
Honor among dishonor
The narrator did a fantastic job. If you would like a simple and quick look at life in WWII Germany of an honorable fighter pilot, or if you like tales of WWII air combat this book is for you.
Very well written story. Nice to read a WW2 book with a good perspective and insight into the German war effort. Probably in the top 10 books I've read in the past few years. Highly recommend.
This book tells both sides of a powerful event that unfolded in WWII between an American bomber crew and a German fighter pilot, but it's real focus is on the German pilot and his experiences before, during, and after the war. We rarely get so intimate a glimpse into the experiences from the other side. It's emotional, compelling, heart-felt, and brilliant. It won't make you forgive the Nazi's, but it will help you understand that many of the Germans fighting the allies weren't doing it for Hitler; they were defending their homes from the peril into which Hitler put them, and hated the Nazis.
The underlining chivalry of the two soldiers. Being a former US Soldier stationed in Germany I totally understood what the author was talking about. In fact I had the wonderful opportunity while in Germany to train with the Germany Army and I was awarded a German Shootsner(bronze). What an awesome experience and the German's were wonderful! Very respectful to me an American, treated me like royalty.
To many to list just one. There were two moments that will just grab you specifically. First when the two pilots first meet. And second, was when they meet after the war.
Charlie was, just because of his sense of loyalty to his men. Just an incredible man.
Just to many to name just one.
Yes, absolutely! This is a must read for any American. This exemplifies what it has taken to remain a free country. One must always remember, Hitler was trying his best to strike America. Since WWII we have continued to have wars, the World Trade Centers have been brought down(albeit by cowards). America can never rest, we ARE the shinning light of the world. It is well documented throughout history.