A most enjoyable true account. Two men who did their duty and much more...and who made choices based on true values rather than those imposed by war.
If you like Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, you'll find this similar. It's a World War II aviation story. Much of the story is told from the point of view of a German pilot who did not belong to the Nazi party but was serving his country.
Great book. I learned about the German side of WWII that I had not thought too much about before.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
What an interesting book about an untold event in WW II. I gained further insight into what went on in the skies over Britain and Germany and the unwritten code of Honor that many pilots followed during that war. A very good read that was a pleasure to listen to.
German respect for other fliers.
He did a good job of telling the story.
No not really. It is a book about a real event and one that you want to plause and think about.
This ranks in the top 3 audiobooks I've listened to. Enthralling from the first chapter and it never let up.
The heroism of the pilots on both sides. It just adds credence to the thought that this was the "greatest generation" not only here - but in Germany, too.
Franz Stigler, was my favorite character, of course.
"Chivalry among the knights of the sky"
If you are a student of the second world war, or if you just enjoy human interest stories - this is the book for you.
It would be very difficult to describe why this story is so good without describing the story, but is is an amazing one. It was very eye-opening in spots, learning things both about the Germans and the Americans in World War II. The narration was so well done so real you felt you were listening to the principals involved. Robertson Dean should get whatever top awards there are for narration, he was simply outstanding.
You must listen to, or read, this book. Not just because the story is unbelievable but also to witness the huge range of human behavior when faced with unimaginable experiences. You will be moved, awed and amazed.
Great stories about real people and the decisions they made, that in, turn made them
The realness of the writing, these are real people.
It's a solid read if you like WWII history. It reminded me in parts of Unbroken, not as dramatic, but gut-wrenching real life people doing things during war time. Franz shows there is a human side, and that honor existed among the Third Reich.
Happily married father of 4 with 3 of the meanest Grandchildren in the US :) I am a paving Forman for a large construction company Alabama.
An incredible Story. If you love stories about WW2 then this book is a must have for your Library.
A different perspective of the War that you would almost think is Fiction.
After listening to this book I realize that I know only a fraction of what these Soldiers went through.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This book does a great job of bringing together the lives of two men who were supposed to be enemies. It's a really good look at humanity at its finest - particularly when the men are in a brutal situation. It also provides an inside look on WWII pilots and programs that's really interesting.
The fact-written-as-fiction aspect makes it similar to "Unbroken" - though this book lacks the edge-of-your-seat suspense. I'd recommend this book to someone who loves WWII history and consumes a ton of books a year. If you only have time to listen to a few books, there are others in this genre that I think are more rewarding.
I loved how the personal side of "the enemy" was shown. Its so easy to ignore or demonize an enemy, but they, like we, struggle to keep humanity in the midst of battle. This book shows how hard it must have been for Germans to keep duty and humanity in balance. It also had very poignant moments. Its was well worth the credit.
Absolutely, I have recommended this audio book to all my friends that love this genre. I felt such a connection to Franz and Charlie. A connection I haven't experienced since Unbroken. Of all the audiobooks in my Library, which is well into the hundreds, a good 95% are WWII novels. This falls into a tie with Unbroken as one of my 2 all time favorite WWII novels!...Do not miss this one!
Franz, he gave me such great insight into the Luftwaffe, appreciation for the honor they flew with, and as well, the horrible conditions they endured for a war they had no wish to be in.
Franz, The best!
I would look for any book read by Robertson Dean, he was fantastic.