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Publisher's Summary

It was the summer of 1940, and World War II had been raging for nearly a year. Buoyed by his successes on the Continent, Hitler was now planning an invasion of England to seal Europe's fate.

Though the United States was still a neutral country, a few Americans decided they couldn't remain on the sidelines. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force to defend the country - with the future of civilization hanging in the balance.

The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of these Americans who defied their own country's neutrality laws and risked their very citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" who, with minimal training but plenty of guts, dueled the skilled and fearsome aces of Germany's Luftwaffe.

By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Some five years later, at war's end, just one of them would be alive. Winston Churchill once said famously of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few."

(P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Laurie
  • East Millstone, NJ, United States
  • 02-02-12

Fantastic

If you are a pilot or interested in WWII then this is a must. It brings you through the battle of Britain with historical accuarcy in a personal format. You learn about what was happening on both sides of the channel.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best Battle of Britian Book Ever

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

I would recommend it very highly. Mr. Kershaw did an amazing job of "personalizing" these pilots; American, British and German.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The personalities of the pilots.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The dialect of the varied nationalities of the participants.

If you could give The Few a new subtitle, what would it be?

They Died While America Slept

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed that the book had to end.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • J.
  • 08-27-12

Excellent

What made the experience of listening to The Few the most enjoyable?

Interesting story about a small group of American flyers that fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Well researched and very good reader.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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best story you were never told

the performance brought the story to life. the different accents and emotions cature what it was like for the men who flew for england in wwII. the best story i never heard. unitl now of course.

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Very Educational

Loved It! I was a boy during this period and have read much about the subject of the Battle of Britain and I found this book very informative and it had much that I had not yet learned. I would definitely suggest this for any with an interest in history.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story about an overlooked group of heroes

Kershaw captivates the listener with insight into the personalities, personal histories, and combat experiences of these courageous boys who participated in the Thermopylae of modern war, fought in the skies over southern England during the summer of 1940. He mixes just the right amount of context from the political dynamics of the time, and includes informative anecdotes from Luftwaffe pilots and leaders. It's the stuff that would make a great HBO series, despite (or perhaps BECAUSE of) the tragic ends that would meet the five protagonists.

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This Review Needs A Title...So, I Gave it One

This was an excellent read about "The Few" Americans that joined Great Britain to fly and fight against the Nazi's before America joined the WWII. Kershaw adds depth by including not only the American experience but also the accounts of the British and German pilots. The book contains many individuals and it's hard to keep them all straight. Yet, Kershaw's research was marvelous.

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Good Story That Gets Better and Better

A little too much time spent early on bios of the pilots. The rest of the book excels with flying colors.

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Very Interesting Paen to the American Pilots

What did you love best about The Few?

I loved learning of these pilots who struck out on their own to fly for England, at a time when the US Government prohibited it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was no favorite character, and each had his own story as to why he was there.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Brick adds personality to the many of the people named in the book.

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

It's rare to want to listen to a book in one sitting. In fact I've never been inclined, or just haven't come across THAT book.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book, especially if you are a pilot (you'll clearly understand some of the performance issues of the various aircraft), if you're interested in WW2 and/or the Battle of Britain, or if you enjoy learning of young adventurous souls who risk their lives for causes in which they believe.

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Not as interesting as I thought

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The beginning and ending parts of the book are very interesting as they delve into the personalities and actions of the subject characters. In between, though, the author seems to lose them and pay more attention to other aspects of WW2. Not that it wasn't interesting. It's just that it had the potential to be much better.

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  • Andrew Lansley
  • 07-26-17

Great narrative, bricked.

A superb history filled with first hand accounts and well researched and documented events. Nearly put off by the narrator with his odd accents and references to things like 'Em Kay eleven (Mk II)' Hurricanes. I would like to have seen one of those. Stukageswader II (St.G II) is canonised as 'Saint Gee two'. If you can get past having a narrator who doesn't understand the acronyms in the text and has a funny idea of what a spoken English accent sounds like, then this book is probably just the ticket, old boy. Tally ho!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-17

awesome

Thank you for writing this book. I also want to thank every man who came to the UKs aid during the Battle for Britain. I SALUTE YOU

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  • Anthony
  • 05-30-16

The Few

A great perspective of a pilots very of the Battle of Briton
Lest we Forget