Yes. You learn a lot about German and American Air Force during the war.
No I do not normally listen to books twice.
It was just a great story and it shows how one decision affects generations.
Near the top.
No Simple Victory. They both give an unconventional view of World War II. Most books in English focus, understandably, on the USA and Britain. However, these two books provide a different view.
An enhanced emotional appeal.
I found it very emotional.
One of the best books I have purchased. I very highly recommend it to everyone.
The backgrounds of the principal characters are fascinating and the in-depth history lesson that goes along with their gut-wrenching war years brings the men alive.
It made me a little sad; the impact of being thrust into such horrendous situations so early in life had to be profound. Yet it had a wonderful ending.
Seeing the war from a different perspective
As is always the case with an audiobook, the narrator makes the book come alive. Robertson Dean was magnificent.
Well written and expertly read
I enjoyed learning about the day to day lives of the characters as well as their combat experiences. It was the manner in which the story unfolded, bit by bit that kept me on the edge of my seat, always wanting to hear what is next.
The absolute best though was the reunion, how it came about, how they each felt that was the high point in the story for me.
One final thought, my thoughts are also on Franz Steigler's parents, they are the reason he became the man he did!
I don't know that listening to Robertson Dean was better than reading it myself. I can say he did a masterful job and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him!
I must admit to choking up listening to their reunion
WONDERFUL read, particularly for WWII buffs, but also for anyone who enjoys a good human interest story!
This book and the story it tells are just amazing. While it is a book about WW2 and it doesn't doesn't pull punches about the horrors, it is not so much a good guys vs. bad guys story as it is a story about two men whose lives intersected in the sky over Germany, how they survived the war, and how they found each other much later. It is a book for anyone interested in the war or in flying, but even more, it is a powerful study of human spirit.
Yes! As a child of WWII, with my father in Burma/India in the Corp of Engineers building the Ledo Road, and not seeing me until I was 18 months old and a beloved uncle who is very much alive and kicking, who won a Purple Heart as the tail gunner of a bomber, I have been immersed in the history of WWII.....My father, a great history buff of this era as well as the Civil War era, ingrained the love of history in me.
My uncle was 17 years old when he set foot in England like so many of our brave soldiers at the time they entered combat....
Now, to read of the humanity of men during this time is a wonderful experience. Also, to know that that all Germans were Not Nazis, and fought for their county, not the Nazi regime, is an eye opening experience.
"The Things They Carried"
The entire list...book was so well read...I could not pick a favorite!
Like part of the books title..." A Story of Humanity and Chivalry For All Times"
The best book I have listened to....bar none!
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.