Im not sure if I could go through the emotional roller coaster again......
The two pilots meeting each other in person for the first time.
Every emotion took place and Im not a guy who cries.
Everything about this book was amazing!
What an amazing story! This is the way kids should learn about history. All parts of the story seem to be covered which gives an emotional attachments to the lessons we need to learn from our history and the people who lived it.
Andrew the Cook
An amazing story, decently written and a narrator with a pleasant, natural voice.
The German accents are awful, and the American accents aren't much better. But I got over it a few chapters in.
Kudos to the author for writing down a great story, though I'm not sure he'll be in contention for a Pulitzer any time soon.
Still, minor imperfections aside, it's an excellent story and a fascinating look into the Luftwaffe.
I am not really great with reviews since I like everything and suspend reality quickly but I do it anyways. Umpire and classic books yay
The introduction to this book is interesting. The author talks about how he started by interviewing World War II veterans for his school magazine and it took off from there. He did not, under any circumstances, wish to interview anybody who fought for the Germans though, as this was an American publication and he felt there was no good that could ever come from the Nazi side of the war. Little did he know about Franz Stigler. Charlie Brown, a pilot spared from destruction by this WWII ace, told the author that if he wanted his story, he had to interview Franz Stigler first and get his story.
The incident which drew me to this book in the first place is about half way through the book. It is a poignant moment but greater things are left to come. The story of Stigler is fascinating. The story of Charlie Brown is ok but to get inside the German war machine from a reluctant cog makes for great reading and a very touching ending. I would listen to it again.
Towards the end when Stigler becomes a jet pilot makes for some of the best moments in the book.
The Franz Stigler Story: The Ace of Humanity
This book is powerful in that it shows that the enemy isn't the propaganda that is being sold to us, they are people with loyalty and families just like us who want to do what is best for them. If we could all have the sensibility of Stigler and Brown, who all these years after the incident are incredible friends the world would be a much better place.
An excellent story about one time enemies of WW II and their heroic acts over the skies of Europe. The rest of the story tells of the chivalry and honor among the elite few of Germany's fighter pilots. Honor that characterizes the The Greatest Generation regardless of country or origin.
The author opens your eyes as you realize not everyone fighting for Germany during world war II was a Nazi. Honorable men flew in the sky's. The narrator does an excellent job, keeping you intrigued and wanting to listen to more.
author, women's aviation
The ending brought tears -- good ones.
Battle sequence and last flight of Ye Old Pub riveting.
Franz's story truly heroic.
Narrator gets 5 stars as well.
Truly loved this book.