In 'The Colditz Story', Pat Reid told the story of the escape academy that sprang up inside the most impregnable German POW camp of the Second World War, ending appropriately with his own incredible escape from Colditz. But Reid’s own break-out was by no means the last. In this enthralling sequel, he follows the fortunes of the escape academy right up until the arrival of the allied forces in April 1945. Here are the tales of fantastic bravery and stunning ingenuity every bit as mesmerising as the original.
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The British author continues to use odd analogies that have no meaning or relevance to American life. This makes for difficulty understanding the emotional parts of the story. What could have been a great threaded story becomes a transcript of uninteresting events.
"The sequel is better"
The writing style of the this second book is much better than the first. It flows better and is more enjoyable. Interestingly the author had escaped at the end of the first book which maybe the reason for this. The narration is also better. You will need to read the first book to understand what is going on but this is still one of the most remarkable and often amusing stories of world war two.
"A must read"
As with the original book by Pat Reid, "The Colditz Story", this title tells the story of allied POWs in the latter years of World War 2, focusing rightly on the various attempts to escape by British, French, Polish and Danish POWs from Colditz Castle.
In my opinion, "The Colditz Story" and "The Latter Days at Colditz" comprise one of the most remarkable true stories ever told. It would be difficult to credit some of the escapades of the prisoners as reality, so bizarre and outlandish are they. But these books are masterpieces of suspense, adrenalin-pumping action, and factual data which would hold any would-be escaper in good stead today.
As a fan of the books, I was eager to see how well they translated to audiobook, and I was not disappointed. Terrence's reading is adroit, punctual and maintains the pace of the book extremely well. It's about the next best thing you can have to a TV documentary and in many ways is better, as it is not abridged and the facts aren't confused by the editing process (not once do you have to shout "but that wasn't him, it was so-and-so" at a reading of the source document.
Overall, I couldn't exaggerate this audiobook's listen-ability. If you are an amateur WW2 historian or simply interested in a good tale, download this now.
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