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Shot Down Audiobook

Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, the full and complete story of the B-17 Flying Fortress Susan Ruth is shared in unbelievable detail. Author Steve Snyder's story of his father, Lieutenant Howard Snyder, and the Susan Ruth crew, provides in-depth details about many aspects of World War II few understand or know about. This includes: separation for young families as men went off to war; training before heading to foreign soil; military combat operations; underground and resistance and what Lt. Snyder did when he joined it; and German atrocities toward captured crew and civilians.

©2014 Steve Snyder (P)2015 Steve Snyder

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    Clifford COLUMBIA, MO, United States 08-20-16
    Clifford COLUMBIA, MO, United States 08-20-16

    Old but still upright and taking nourishment!

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    "Repeat, repeat !"

    Great story! I can' understand why the narrative kept repeating facts!! Would not recommend this recording!

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    Christopher Stratton 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "thank for this great story"

    great story my grandfather was also in the 306th flew many of the same missions

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    Daman 04-18-16
    Daman 04-18-16 Member Since 2016

    A good listen makes for an amazing day!

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    "Great True Story of Inspiration!!"
    Where does Shot Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book that should be a movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Snyder and his crew for unrelenting and the service they provided


    What does Richard Rieman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a good job in conveying the inspiration of the book.


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

    Endless fortitude and inspiration


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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    Alex 12-02-15
    Alex 12-02-15

    If it has letters strung into words that form a story which draws me in, I won't be able to resist it. Is there a reader's anonymous?

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    "Experience both the life and death of WWII"

    I will preface this review by saying that I’ve generally avoided WWII stories upto this point. This was mostly because in high school every book related to WWII focused on just the battle portion and the misery and death in the trenches, which is something that needed to be learned, but I always wanted to know how people actually lived between battles (e.g. what did they do in their spare time to keep from being bored). There were descriptions of the bases, the English towns where the bases were located and generally the living conditions in WWII. I’d describe it as a book about both the life and death of WWII.

    I took a chance on this book because I’m an aviation geek, and I’m happy I did because I got so much more from it than just aviation glee. Perhaps because it is written by a son about his dad, the story seemed more personal. I felt like I was going through the training, battle anticipation, moments of boredom between raids, and fear of having to bail out of a crippled aircraft right along with the crew. There is also what I would term a nice tribute to the people who lived in occupied Belgium and France who risked their own lives to rescue and provide aid. It felt like they found a way to fight back even if they were occupied. I also really appreciated that the author talked to German Luftwaffe pilot and put his recollections in the book. It’s nice to have a bit of the other side. I learned a whole lot about the war that I either had forgotten or hadn’t learned before, but not once did I feel like facts were being thrown at me. The author did an excellent job of weaving information between the personal stories and lettres, so you get education and emotion in this book.

    As for the narrator, it took me a sec to settle into listening to him. This was mostly because I guess I had expected a ‘younger’ sounding voice to match the age that Howard Snyder would have been during this time. In the end though, I came to really enjoy the narrator’s voice. I started thinking of it more as someone who went through the war was recalling and sharing what life was like for them during that time; and for that the narrator’s voice was perfect and added to the book’s experience. Personal pre-expectations aside, the narrator had a pleasant voice to listen to for almost 9 hours of audiobook and the audio quality was clear.

    In terms of audiobook format, there was one thing that I was a bit confused about as I listened, which I think in print might have made sense. There is quite a bit of repetition of certain passages throughout the book which (having never seen the print version) I theorize must be like when the chapter has an excerpt or highlight from its main body quoted in italics at the beginning. That sort of thing doesn’t translate well for me into audio because I stop and go “didn’t I just hear this? Did I accidentally hit the back 30 sec button?” Other than this, it was a really good book and enjoyable listen (which is why I didn’t deduct a star for the repetition issue like I normally would). Ok this review is turning into an essay and is longer than I thought it would be, so I'll end it by saying: I listened to this book for the planes, but if you have even a passing interest in: history, planes, air force /military life, or just a well written book; this would be worth your time.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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