This book took such a unique view of World War II; showing the perspective of a German soldier was extremely fascinating and helped me understand how the German citizens may have felt during Hitler's reign.
Definitely a fascinating and eye-opening read.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
I have rarely encountered a book with sections so disparate in quality. At first the book is dispassionate; a mere assemblage of biographical anecdotes with all the insight and passion of a High School research paper. Then something happens. The people to whom we have been introduced—and who seem like so many stick figures for all the humanity that had been associated with their early exploits—come vibrantly to life. When the air war heats up for these pilots, the writers suddenly gain empathy for them and the scenes in the air take of the feeling of grand drama. The book continues in this fashion, flip-flopping between lackluster factual accounts and gripping high drama; sometimes it is brilliant and engaging then it degenerates into a description of the sad state of Germany under the Nazi regime. Later it again will become immediate, personal and exciting, and even rises into moments of insight and poignancy. One constant theme of the book is the sense of honor that inhabits the pilots on both sides of the conflict embodied in the statement, “A man must only answer to God and our comrades.”
Robertson Dean is wonderful in this non-fiction account. When the account requires drama Dean pulls out his repertoire of character voices and can hold the tension during the battle scenes masterfully.
If this were fiction, I'd have to say it was a little implausible. Being a true story, It's amazing. I think it's amazing that the incident occurred in the first place, and secondly that they were able to resolve it so many years later as they did.
It was interesting to see two opposing sides but not necessarily two opposing conclusions.
I think the story of these men shows there are good, noble people all over the world and that there are more than two sides to every story.
A worthwhile listen.
Yes, and I am not normally a war stories fan- that would be my husband. But this story, or both stories, put a human face on so many aspects of this war that I got all caught up in the story- and it's a true story on top of everything else, too!
Not to spoil it, but when he walked past the Nazis at the end of the war and everyone pretended to be blind to each other. Or maybe when you listened to him go through what we'd now call PTSD episodes and just have to live with it. Or maybe the absolute joy he found in flying....
All of them.
Not a war story fan? Get it anyways, it's a terrific story.
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.
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.
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.