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The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight | [Winston Groom]

The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.
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Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

With the world in peril during World War II, each man set aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daring mission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the Tokyo Raid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flight across the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; and Rickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew together while facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in a remote part of the Pacific.

Groom's rich narrative tells the intertwined stories - from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive one), barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II, front-page triumph to anguished tragedy, and near-death to ultimate survival - of these three men who took to the sky, time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "greatest generation."

©2013 Winston Groom (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    tjcrewsbooks Indiana 11-12-13
    tjcrewsbooks Indiana 11-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listening experience!"
    Where does The Aviators rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Aviators is one of the best audio books you can hope to buy this year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The format of The Aviators is broken up by approximate decades or time periods, and by biographies of three noted, early aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, and Jimmy Doolittle.
    This format was especially good for me because it kept the story moving and kept the story interesting. I never got bogged down with one guy for too long, or one time period for too long.
    It was interesting how one main event--say for example WWII, could be seen from three unique perspectives, by three unique participants.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Robertson Dean, is excellent for the material. His voice and manner seem somewhere between a newscaster and a good storyteller.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This might make a very engaging documentary--Ken Burns style.
    Let's face it--the book was seventeen great hours of listening. What would they do? Give us a 1-hour documentary on this? Give me a break--there is too much great history here.


    Any additional comments?

    The Aviators is a great choice as an audio book purchase. Even if you're not old or blind, you can still enjoy it while driving or doing some other activity you don't have to concentrate on. I'm sure I will return to enjoy this audio book several times, eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 05-31-14
    Frank Norfolk, VA, United States 05-31-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Must listen for historic lovers"
    Would you listen to The Aviators again? Why?

    One of the best listens I have done. With the three aviators the history of flight and it's impact on travel and war. I knew about Lindy, Doolittle , and Rickenbacker but the new facts I learned about their lives and contributions were numerous. Reader was great.


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    Duncan Taitt 11-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!New respect for these aviation pioneers"
    Where does The Aviators rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've listened too! Mr. Groom complied a great piece.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    Great to listen to, really moved the book. Enjoyed his tone and use of energy. More importantly I was not distracted by him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Rickenbacker's time in a raft.


    Any additional comments?

    While I may not agree with the choices they made at times, they should be respected, remembered and highly regarded for their achievements and dedication to flight. Great book, really enjoyed it.

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    N. Brooks Modesto CA USA 06-30-14
    N. Brooks Modesto CA USA 06-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "If you love flying."
    Would you listen to The Aviators again? Why?

    No. I never read or listen to books twice. Too many other books need my attention.


    What other book might you compare The Aviators to and why?

    Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked learning about Lindberg.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's nice to think about what you have read in-between sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. I really like Robertson Dean as a narrator. The book is very informative. I liked it because rather than reading an biography about each one of these aviators, as I have, the author does a great and accurate job putting all these guys lives in one book.

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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 06-25-14
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 06-25-14 Member Since 2009

    An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.

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    "For the history/flying buff this is sublime"

    Perfectly stitched together tales about the world's flying greatest 'transitioners' in that they started in string bags and finished just after the moon landing. Great read, super tales, excellently researched and well balanced. Well worth a credit in anyone's money.

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