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Publisher's Summary

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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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

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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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  • George
  • 11-04-16

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what a book,very powerful i was elated tearfull and exhausted at the end. I could not put it down, true men of honour in a time of hell. brilliant

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  • K. Traylor
  • 10-13-16

Amazing story of courage

Gritty war story and interesting reading Of the war in air, as seen from both sides. As an aircraft fanatic this is a terrific book. Also very heart warming and humbling. Fully recommended.
Keith Traylor

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  • Adam
  • 08-27-14

An Iconoclastic Take on WW2 Aerial Warfare!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would! A compelling story, well written and well read. Really draws you into the lives, fears, and hopes of the principal protagonists. It also gives a good overview of the politics and military situation that shaped the lives of those we read about.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Without a doubt, the Luftwaffe fighter ace Franz Stigler. The book really pivots around him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It has to be the moment where Stigler holds off shooting down the crippled B17 flown by Lt. Charlie Brown. In doing so, he has a personal shift in conscience: sacrificing his hitherto coveted Iron Cross but, by his own later admission, gaining something much more valuable...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. Many. Many. But particularly the one described above.

Any additional comments?

My only concern is just how much of the book is actually true. Such is the immediacy of the writing, it reads like a novel. The authors state that the text is based on more than eight years of interviews with the principal participants, but I wonder how much detail can be recalled so many decades after the events. So many WW2 books have come under suspicion recently, particularly those that, like "A Higher Call", have been published after the deaths of those involved, meaning that there's nobody around to either corroborate or refute the facts. There's no denying it's a fantastic read, but if were an author trying to make lots of money - and I understand the film rights have already been sold - I'd try to make it as entertaining as possible, too.

Still, I loved this book, and I hope my doubts are unfounded. Go read it!

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  • 10-11-16

holding back tears of joy, sadness, laughter and

heart warming, packed with historical facts, a testament to a generation of amazing courageous people

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  • max
  • 09-22-16

Like no other

I have read quite a number of books recently on these fly boys of the war and this is an outstanding account of an incredible story. The german pilots had it hard theres no doubt anout it, this covers the experience of Franz and his commrades vividly.

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  • Thomas Baines-Sizeland
  • 07-28-20

The best audiobook I have listened to!

From start to end I was gripped! This is a unique story and I am thankful it was told.

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  • 04-17-20

Brilliant Story mainly from a German perspective

This wasn't quite what I was expecting in terms of story but I think I enjoyed it much more for just that reason. if you like the battle for the skies in WW2 then I couldn't recommend it enough

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  • Dv
  • 04-16-20

Highly recommended

A very moving and vivid account of not just what happened with the bomber and fighter but a fantastic insight into the personal thoughts of these amazing people and times.

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  • J.P. COLDHAM
  • 03-08-20

Moving & insightful

Remarkable story. Fine insight into the ww2 experience of Luftwaffe fighter pilots - as well as a briefer window on the experiences of Usaaf fliers. Not to mention the dreadful toll of war on all concerned.

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  • Jean-Pierre Rupp
  • 12-21-19

A magnificent story

Not only is it one of the most amazing stories I have heard, but it is also told in a manner that is emotionally stirring. If you listen to it while cycling, take regular crying stops so that your vision doesn't blur while in motion.

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  • Bilbo Swaggins
  • 12-03-17

Great listening - recommend it!

An interesting perspective story of a german ace fighter pilot ( franz stigler) and his perspective of the war from its beginning to the end. Recounting the interesting life he lived of how he climbed the ranks of the german airforce. This audiobook shows the interesting perspective and honor it was to be a german fighter pilot. It also reveals the unsaid honor code between fighter pliots on both sides during this time. This book also covers a brief perspective of (Charlie Brown) an American bomber pilot for the B-17 Flying Fortress(named "Ye Olde Pub") plane was severely damaged by German fighters. Luftwaffe pilot Franz Stigler had the opportunity to shoot down the crippled bomber, but did not. This is his story told within franz stiglers timelines.

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  • Jaike
  • 08-11-17

Hellavu story

Excellent story excellently told. It just gets more and more interesting. Robertson Dean is as usual, wonderful.

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  • Sean
  • 12-24-16

Absolutely loved this book.

Bought a tear of joy and wonder to me I loved this story what a magnificent inspired story

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  • Noela
  • 04-20-15

Exceptional tale.

A story more about German fighter pilots of WWII than the episode headlined. Terrific background well told. More books on the losers are required.

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  • Mattkiwi111
  • 04-21-19

Brilliant narration!

The reader did a fantastic job. His normal speaking voice was relaxing to listen to (reminded me of someone reading a book by a fireplace). He put on voices to match the different characters that were perfect. The author did a good job of researching the facts and putting together a narrative that was a ripping story! Best audiobook I’ve listened to in years!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

Captivating

Well researched, documented and delivered story. Best of all is that it was true. Enjoy the read.

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  • Erin
  • 08-08-18

Absolutely Amazing

One of the best Worl War two storya ive ever heard of. Sad parts. Amazing parts. Extremely Incredible.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-18

one of the best untold story's in history

I have never read many books, I much prefer audio books until I read this

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  • JANET
  • 11-25-17

Interesting True Story

I love true stories as they often give the reader much more insight into detail and understanding. I loved this book and would recommend it especially to History students for the above reasons.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-18

Pile of pickles

Why this book ain't nothing but a pile of pickles. I'll never get that 10 hours back bad performance his German sounded like a stoned Schwarzenegger . Story well its about a act of stupidity to let a bomber get back to base god help him. I want my $ back give me a credit . The author is a wanker