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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.
This is an exceptional story of courage and valor in the skies during World War 2. It is impeccably narrated by Robertson Dean which adds to the listening experience.
Not a holocaust story like most of the WW2 books I listen to, this one tells a true story of the men (and women) who were fighting for their countries in the skies above Europe. It focuses on a particular incident, which in reality, is a very small part of the book, yet the rest of the book was equally as fascinating and engrossing.
However, the incident that inspired this book is an example of a person doing the unexpected, acting outside the box, being brave enough to do the right thing, despite what it could have cost him. A few times during the listen, I had tears in my eyes. This book, nevertheless, is a very uplifting story, very inspirational and affirming. It is a book that I can imagine listening to again very soon.
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A great story of honor. Unbelievable tale of courage. Nice to know this can happen in our world
I enjoyed this book so much. The author laid out the story so well and gave insights I had never considered when he showed the war from the German perspective.
At no point during the story did I think it was too slow or areas skipped over, and I especially liked the author's introduction where he admitted his own bias prior to fully investigating this story.
Sometimes when you least expect it you are reminded that there is humanity in a world full of hate. However, this happened a long time ago and I doubt we would see an act of such great humanity happening today.
This should be on your top 5 books to read this year. It has it all, history, humor, sadness, romance and intrigue.
Criminal defense Lawyer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read mostly non-fiction.....history, science, military biography. My quirky side likes Zombie Books? Will also pick up a fiction bestseller once in a while. Favorite movie: Being There
This is a fantastic story. If there's a single word I can use to describe the author's handling of the events in this book, that word is "love." You sense the author's respect for these men as you experience this book. As a lifelong student of the war in the air during the World Wars, I can say that the research that went into this work is first class. The story makes you want to meet the German pilot and thank him for his humanity. You'll find yourself making time just to listen!
The reader did a fine job - no annoying habits - good job.
I went through it fast. After the initial scenes of the story are set and explained you get pulled into a fascinating story of men and machines. The author takes us deep into the lives of Luftwaffe aces and reveals the lives of those pilots and the daunting task they were given.
If you like B-17s, WW2 aircraft and amazing stories of terror and courage in the skies over the Reich then here's one for you.
The author, Adam Makos, did a masterful job interweaving the stories of these two great airmen! This is absolutely one of my favorite books, ever! It's should be especially good for those with an interest in WWII, but also for those who like stories of chivalry and resolution. The ending of this book is just incredibly beautiful. Franz Stigler, the German airman, is one of my all-time favorite characters. Thank you, Adam Makos!