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Tiger Tracks Audiobook

Tiger Tracks: The Classic Panzer Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Wolfgang Faust was the driver of a Tiger I tank with the Wehrmacht Heavy Panzer Battalions, seeing extensive combat action on the Eastern Front in 1943-45. This memoir is his brutal and deeply personal account of the Russian Front's appalling carnage.

Depicting a running tank engagement lasting 72 hours, Faust describes how his Tiger unit fought pitched battles in the snows of Western Russia against the full might of the Red Army: the T34s, the Stalin tanks, the Sturmovik bombers, and the feared Katyusha rocket brigades. His astonishing testimony reveals the merciless decisions that panzer crews made in action, the devastating power of their weaponry, and the many ways that men met their deaths in the snow and ice of the Ostfront.

First published in the late 1940s, this memoir's savage realism shocked the postwar German public. Some were outraged at the book's final scenes while others wrote that "now, at last, I know what our men did in the East".

Today it stands as one of the great semiautobiographical accounts of warfare in World War II - a crescendo of horror, grim survival, and a fatalistic acceptance of the panzer man's destiny.

Originally published in the German Federal Republic as Panzerdammerung (Panzer Twilight).

The only other surviving memoir by this author is The Last Panther - an astonishing account of panzer warfare in the final hours of the Third Reich.

©2015 The Estate of Wolfgang Faust; Bayern Classic Publications (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Erik WICHITA, KS, United States 05-19-16
    Erik WICHITA, KS, United States 05-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "This is NOT a Memoir. This is 100% War Porn."
    Would you try another book from Wolfgang Faust and/or George Backman?

    So far as I can tell, Wolfgang Faust is not a real person. The name is probably a pseudonym for a ghostwriter, furnished by Sprech Media.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, but not because of the content of the story. I'm mad because I'm fairly certain this is not a memoir, is not historical fact, and is most likely is a fictional story in which none of the people and events are real.

    Early on in the book, I noticed that there was no reference to specific divisions, regiments or locations. That's pinged my internal "BS" meter. The author said the story took place in October 1944 and from his description, he faced IS-3 tanks. the IS-3 didn't make an appearance on the battlefield until the last weeks of the war in April 1945. That's pinged my internal "BS" meter some more.

    The "author" is a Tiger tank driver that can apparently see every single detail of a battle from his driver position in the Tiger. If you've never seen the driver position of a Tiger, Google it. The vision slit is very small and provides a *very* narrow field of view. In fact, a Tiger driver cannot effectively drive in battle without commands and directions from the tank commander, who has a better view from the command position in the turret, but by no means could the commander be able to provide even a partial description of the battle occurring around the tank as Faust did. The description Faust gives of battles occurring around him are so detailed, it's as if he were either a field grade officer, directing the battle and observing results, or an omnipotent being, floating over the battlefield seeing and experiencing everything. I find it VERY hard to believe that he (if he is even a real person), an enlisted man in the driver seat of a Tiger, saw a tenth of what he described. Maybe he could have seen more of the battlefield if he were driving the tiger with the driver hatch open, but if the battles were as ferocious as he described, that would have been an instant death sentence. Being able to see aircraft dog-fighting during a tank battle? I don't think so. Being able to see and describe the tanks behind your own tank? Impossible. Being able to see the enemy tank crew through their own driver vision slit during a battle? Seriously?!? After listening to such unbelievable battle descriptions three or four times, my "BS" meter was going off the chart. I stopped listening and did some research.

    I tried researching the author of "Tiger Tracks", Wolfgang Faust, and found no information whatever about him EXCEPT for information released directly from Sprech Media. According to the book, there's a Faust Estate, but there's no information ANYWHERE ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET about him or his estate. That's suspicious. Apparently, this book was released in 1948 and received heavy criticism. In my research, I cannot find any mention of this book or the controversy that followed it after its release (other than information directly from Sprech Media). Further research turned up multiple internet forums that bring into question the integrity of Sprech Media's releases. There are claims that Sprech Media is releasing a bunch of books that are advertised as memoirs, recollections, and interviews, when in fact they are entirely fiction and the authors are not real (e.g. "World War 2 Through German Eyes," "D Day Through German Eyes," and the "SS Panzer" series).

    From what I've experienced and read/listened to so far, I'd have to agree with these claims and that what I'm reading is NOT true.

    The fact that this book is advertised as a memoir, and most likely is not, is what makes me angry.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really disappointed by books that are now flooding my Audible feed from Sprech Media. I'm a WWII enthusiast, and was excited to see some new "memoirs" from the German point of view. However, I don't believe this book, or any other book advertised as such from Sprech Media, is a memoir. I believe most, if not all, of Sprech Media's titles are 100% fiction written by a ghostwriters.

    The story in "Tiger Tracks" is outlandish and reads like a movie script. Everything that happens just feels too extravagant and is too fantastic. There's a ridiculous amount of violence. Heads and arms and limbs flying. Spraying blood. Churned up bodies in tank tracks. Freshly dead bodies steaming in the snow. These gory details and their descriptions are repeated over and over throughout the book.

    Many (not just a few) details are historically inaccurate or physically improbable. In a memoir, you'd think that specific locations, units, dates, etc... would be given, but that information is either absent all together or is suspiciously vague. In fact, there's no information in this book that provides the reader the ability to research any of the battles or actions described in the book.

    I have no problem with reading WWII fiction. In fact, I think WWII is a great setting for a fictional story, and I wish there were more, better fiction novels set in WWII. "Tiger Tracks" is a pretty good read if you accept the fact that it's probably entirely fiction. It's a quick read, with lots of action. It's really a pretty enjoyable story. HOWEVER, because this book is advertised as a memoir, I have to give it a negative review.

    I'd appreciate if Audible took action to correct this probable false advertising. I do not want to spend my money on books/audiobooks thinking that I'm getting an authentic memoir, when, in fact, I'm getting cheap, pulp fiction.

    Finally, as a historian, I'm very disappointed that this book (and other Sprech Media titles) is advertised as a historical memoir, when it is not. I am worried that readers will believe the accounts within these books are true, when they are not. Misleading people to believe these accounts as true distorts history and is a dangerous path to go down. These fantastic, outlandish fiction tales, paraded as historic fact, dishonor the real veterans who experienced the horrors of tank warfare, who suffered and lost comrades on the Eastern Front, and diminishes their real and important stories.

    If you are interested in this kind of book, but want a real memoir, I'd highly recommend both "Panzer Commander" by Hans von Luck and "Soldat" by Siegfried Knappe.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Paduda 06-28-16
    Joe Paduda 06-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "fake memoir"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    it is sold as a real memoir of a panzer soldier, but it clearly is not. This should be sold as a fictionalized account of life in a Tiger tank.


    What was most disappointing about Wolfgang Faust’s story?

    It is fake, and the hyperbolic focus on gore and destruction is just not credible


    Any additional comments?

    This is obviously a fake memoir written by someone who knows tanks well and has some experience with German equipment, but it was not written by a real panzer soldier.Much of the story about capturing a supposed spy and transporting her (!) in a Tiger during repeated battles is just ridiculous.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 07-05-16
    Patrick 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    This reads like a NOVEL, not at all like a memoir from someone who saw action on the eastern front in WWII.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steven K. Arnold 06-28-16 Member Since 2014

    Historian and history teacher. Liberal and a Democrat. Dog trainer and duck hunter.

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    "Don't waste your time...."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps someone with little or no knowledge of WWII on the Russian front. And, perhaps, someone who has never heard a well-performed audio book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm looking for something on Julius Caesar and the Roman Arny.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Backman’s performances?

    no.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment - this is such a rich topic and this story is terribly weak.


    Any additional comments?

    I realize the difference between a memoir and a history and have read or listened to many of each. This "memoir" comes off more like an essay by a middle school student. Dry. Boring. Shallow. Generic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Abramczyk Milwaukee 06-17-16
    Scott Abramczyk Milwaukee 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "war porn"

    And I loved it, the story was ok but in believable. It is a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 09-19-16
    Alex 09-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Gritty Clash of Titans"

    I loved this book. It does an amazing job at portraying the epically scaled brutality that the Eastern Front was for both sides, with a unique perspective from an enlisted driver. The narrator was perfect for the role, and the author's description of the hell on earth cacophony of a large scale tank battle made me feel like I was in the seat next to him. Recommend this book to anyone, especially one who wants to know what it was like with no detail spared.

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    pat joyce 09-01-16
    pat joyce 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "As someone else had commented this is war porn .."

    This sounds like more of a story then a first hand account..... He gives no locations other then he is in Russia.... I do not remember if he even gave his unit. Waste of time ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robby 08-28-16
    Robby 08-28-16
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    "Achtung"

    Fiction, and not good fiction either. The author may have been a Tiger driver, his story is just too unbelievable.

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    LUKE J O'BRIEN 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Overwrought Nonsense"

    Not an autobiography. A work of fiction, and a bad one at that. Don't waste your time.

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    Ronald 08-05-16
    Ronald 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    This book is a memoir that reads more like a fictional story. Very descriptive and entertaining. If half this stuff is real; this guy was truly in some horrific battles. Lots of gore. I liked it. I wish I knew if it is a true memoir or not though...

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    6/27/16
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    "Fictional account, not true history."

    I nearly gave up on this book after the first chapter as it a fictional account.
    I returned to it and was surprised to find I quite enjoyed the story. If nothing else, it clarified the roles of Tank crew members.
    Short, gruesome but quite a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    DUNDEE, United Kingdom
    7/18/16
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    "A gore filled factual account of the German rearguard retreat from Russia"

    I found this audio book to be a compelling window into the life of a German Tiger tank The thing which struck me most was the emotionless regard for plight of fellow tank crew and the disregard for the enemy. And how in the passage of time war itself proves to be such a waste of lives

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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