• A Higher Call

  • The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During World War Two
  • By: Adam Makos, Larry Alexander
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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A Higher Call

By: Adam Makos,Larry Alexander
Narrated by: Robertson Dean
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Four days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Suddenly, a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on his tail. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would later be called 'the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.'

This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day: 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a farm boy from West Virginia, and 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

What happened between them was later classified 'top secret.' It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was an encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years...

©2013 Adam Makos (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

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A very well put together story

The story being told is very complex and spans over 40 years. Despite this, it was exceptionally well told. And what a story it is!

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Amazing story

This story tells the amazing story of 2 brave pilots from both German and American perspectives in great detail. It’s highly immersive and you can clearly feel the emotions of these pilots shift throughout the war. These men both fought hard and strong for their nation. These are the sacrifices we need to respect and honour.

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Undoubtedly based on the true story

Fascinating story. The bombing of his Airfield and a situation when Franc was under the water are described as most realistic..

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Excelent

Portrays a side of the war rarely visited, focusing on the humanity beneath all the chaos. Congratulations to the authors and narrator for this great work.

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Worth every second.

This book holds the power to change any prejudice one might have on the Luftwaffe and the German people during WWII.
I am defendant of a Holocaust survivor, and I know I will never feel the same way again.

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Beautiful

What a beautiful book and such a simple yet profound conclusion “Enemy’s are better as friends”
A must listen/read!

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Probably one of the best books out there!!!

What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

The book is good, probably one of the best books in the history of the World. The story is remarkable and in todays' times a pleasure to see once upon a time, even in hardship, men were humble and humane...today's people should learn about what it was to me a human...

Who was your favorite character and why?

Off course Franz

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved when he was in Sicily and they were looking down at Trapanni,,,I have been there and seen the field

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

Absolutely yes...and am listening to it again

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MUST READ, great story, very well writen

Would you consider the audio edition of A Higher Call to be better than the print version?

Yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

there are many, but the highlight of Stigler escorting the B17 is unbelievable

Which scene was your favorite?

meeting between the pilots in 1992

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

absolutely

Any additional comments?

no

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Higher Call, an outstanding true story

It was the most emotional story I ever read. The climax, I believe every reader has ideally imagined, never ever reached the real moment they finally met. I have to control my tears from flooding the ambience.

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A Tale So Wonderful - Because It Is Real

This audiobook is a must for anyone addicted to military aviation history. Well researched, written and rendered, it's author, publishers and reader delivered a masterpiece. Thank you very much for this outstanding experience.

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