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The Forgotten 500 Audiobook

The Forgotten 500

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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines.

During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.

In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip: without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back: without getting shot down themselves.

Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

©2007 Gregory A. Freeman; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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    Doug Manchester, NH, United States 07-02-11
    Doug Manchester, NH, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging"

    An engaging true story of the rescue of downed air crews in Romania and Yugoslavia during WW II. Shines light on the political background of post-war Yugoslavia.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SeaDuck 04-11-10
    SeaDuck 04-11-10

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    "Good history lesson"

    The first half of the book is basically the historical backstory, including the political angles, setting up the stage for the story of the actual rescue, which, despite being the theme of the book, is presented as almost an afterthought - in the last hour of the story.

    It's not as riveting as some military history books I've read, but still, it's a good listen, and learning about the intelligence issues and the hospitality of the Yugoslavian people was worth waiting for the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Curatina Moab 07-18-09
    Curatina Moab 07-18-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Courage, Adventure, and Betrayal."

    This is the kind of story that should be a movie, but never is. The courage and generosity of the Serbian people is unbelievable. The story is well told and gripping as a thriller novel -- but much, much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Toledo, WA, USA 04-11-08
    Susan Toledo, WA, USA 04-11-08
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    "read it"

    The story itself is great. It is interesting and well rounded history that is, at the same time pretty emotionally involving.
    The narraration however is horrible. Lawlor's flimsy tenor voice and embarrasing impersonations really subtract from the enjoyment in my opinion. check the library... :(

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rutherford Union City, CA, USA 03-28-08
    Rutherford Union City, CA, USA 03-28-08
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    "Great Story"

    I enjoyed this book. There are many untold stories from World War II that we may never hear about, I'm just glad this one got written. The Narrator Patrick Lawlor can make a thriller out of "The Principles of Accounting". Overall this was a good story about strong men, caring villagers and dedicated OSS men. Worth the money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keren 03-05-08
    Keren 03-05-08
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    "What an eyeopener!"

    The story itself is spellbinding; it is full of intrigue and personality that keeps you on the edge AND, wonder of wonders, it is not just a good mystery but a true story! The writing is crisp and fastpaced with balanced development of plot and characters. The narration is really excellent - having the various accents really takes this audiobook over the top. The story is inspirational and discouraging at the same time - such is life in the modern world.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clark Columbus, OH, USA 12-06-08
    Clark Columbus, OH, USA 12-06-08
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    "Great story, wrong narrator"

    This is a very good story. A compelling piece of WWII history and the eastern European politics of that era that show through today.

    My issue is the narrator sounds really young. The really strong characters and story lose something when told via a 12 year old. With Audiobooks the Narrator is key to a good "read", this one misses. The great story carries it, so its fine but could have been much better.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    kyle love 01-11-17
    kyle love 01-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing story with tremendous detail."

    The author goes into great detail, sometime perhaps too much as it derails to story sometime, to give an incredible account of operation halyard. He gives great political and militaristic insight and back ground on all the individual players and organizations that surrounded this amazing rescue.

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    ronald brunette 01-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great History Lesson, told in an enjoyable manner"

    This is a great story of a WWII hero and the great men he rescued! It is a shame that the facts of the man and story were buried for so many years because of political expediency! It is a long audio book with much detail.

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    Amazon Customer 09-30-16
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    "misleading title"

    the "forgotten 500" were all but forgotten in this story. They were just discussed in couple of chapters towards the end. No detailed discussion of their lives were on the run, how they stayed hidden, details of how they but a landing strip, etc
    The book should have titled "how Yugoslavia went communist" The first of the book focused on a love story, the middle focused on Tito's rise to power, also a history of the OSS.
    While the narrator's used of a "Slavic" accent was OK the first 50 times it got in the way more than aided the storytelling and even became annoying. finally, the overall writing sounded like the old radio dramas "will they escape the Nazi?? stay tuned for the next chapter"

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