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The Lost Airman Audiobook

The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Unbroken, the remarkable, untold story of World War II American Air Force turret-gunner Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, who was shot down over Nazi-occupied France and evaded Gestapo pursuers for more than six months before escaping to freedom.

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier. Arthur and Taillandier formed an improbable bond as the resistance leader arranged for Arthur's transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo.

Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthur's trying months in Toulouse - masquerading as a deaf mute and working with a downed British pilot to evade the Nazis - and of his hair-raising journey to freedom involving a perilous trek over the Pyrenees and a voyage aboard a fishing boat with U-boats lurking below and Luftwaffe fighters looming above. This is a never-before-told true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II.

©2016 Seth Meyerowitz (P)2016 Recorded Books

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    Evan Lerner 03-04-16
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    "Great book even if you're not a history fan."

    I read this book not knowing what to expect, as I'm not a huge history buff. However the story is captivating and they could not put it down. The more amazing part is that the story is true! I give Seth a lot of credit for uncovering the story and giving Arthur Meyerowitz the voice he deserves.

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    M Wilson 04-21-17
    M Wilson 04-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Compelling read...."

    What a great recount of the actions of the bravest of men and women, a well crafted and excellently researched telling of the action of bomber crew and the French resistance during 1943/44. History well recorded and not to be forgotten, the author is a credit to his late brave Grandfather and the beyond brave members of the resistance organizations of WWll, well done and thank you.

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    Spencer 01-24-17
    Spencer 01-24-17
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    "Regular people extraordinary people"

    This book is a treat to read or listen to at this in history. It shows how strong people can be, even the respect people can have for each other in trying times. It seems in contrast to the way people act today. Today not as much watching and helping the other man. The people had it tough during this time real tough and the book gets it across. Today our kids thinks it tough because we said hey a job. Different times. If you like Unbroken you will like this. If you read about hacksaw Ridge you will enjoy this book

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    Olga M Texidor 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't wait to listen every day on the way home!"

    This book was very well written and the narration was absolutely perfect. Jonathan Ross's voice really kept me fully engaged in the story. He even had a perfect French accent when speaking in the voice of those characters. The authors left no loose ends throughout book. What a great read!

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    Scott Corbin, KY, United States 08-23-16
    Scott Corbin, KY, United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Airman the most enjoyable?

    I liked the way it was presented and the way it unfolded. I enjoy non fiction the best and exploring how people deal with adversity.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Airman to and why?

    Maybe Hero Found both deal with a mans struggle to survive and the toll it takes.


    What about Jonathan Todd Ross’s performance did you like?

    I thought he delivered a adequate performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elyse Douglas 07-04-16
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    "Both Touching and Tragic"
    Where does The Lost Airman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 in non-fiction.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Airman to and why?

    Shot Down by Steve Synder and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. These books are similar, as they take place during WW2, but The Lost Airman is distinctive in its behind-the-scenes view of the French Resistance and their heart-breaking and admirable courage and sacrifice.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Todd Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but an excellent narration.


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

    No. It's not a book you want to rush--but I always looked forward to getting back to it.


    Any additional comments?

    A moving account of Arthur Meyerowitz and all those who helped him get back home. I finished it on July 3rd, and was humbled and grateful for the brave sacrifice of so many great souls to preserve freedom and human dignity. The Lost Airman should be required reading in high schools.

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    Cynthia Johnson 04-15-16
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Well-written account of a riveting story! Courage, perseverance, loyalty, and patriotism shine though surrounded by the heart breaking actions of the Nazi's of WW II.
    My gratitude to the author and others for uncovering this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Lawton 06-19-17
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    "Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2"

    This book held me captive from start to finish. The narrator is good, steady pace and great feeling. I really appreciated the fact that the narrator kept his volume the same throughout the book. Many narrators vary their volume so much that I miss all the quiet sections.
    The story is an amazing one, that is well written and just enough detail. This part of WW2 is not often seen: That of a downed airman's view of the French Resistance.

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    Jason Bachman 01-02-17
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    "Chronology, not a story"
    What would have made The Lost Airman better?

    I really, really wanted to give this a shot. 2 hours in it is just a series of this happened, then this happened, and then this character's background was...It didn't get beyond a chronology or develop as a story.


    Has The Lost Airman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe: I'll read more reviews.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator's voice got reedy & didn't sound different across different characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that I wasted a credit; gratitude that I let myself off the hook & deleted it instead of trudging through.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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