The Great Escape

By Paul Brickhill
Read by Robert Whitfield

7.62 Hours 01/01/1997 unabridged
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It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred American and British air force officers, every single one of them, every minute, every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from the German “ferrets” who prowled the compounds with nerve-racking tenacity and suspicion. And against all odds, they pulled off a daring mass escape from a German POW camp.

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An Audible.com Bestseller in December 2015

It was a split-second operation as delicate and as deadly as a time bomb. It demanded the concentrated devotion and vigilance of more than six hundred American and British air force officers, every single one of them, every minute, every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and the crudest of homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German uniforms and civilian clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from the German “ferrets” who prowled the compounds with nerve-racking tenacity and suspicion. And against all odds, they pulled off a daring mass escape from a German POW camp.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing…spine-tingling…puts the average war book so far in the shadow it’s not even funny.” Dallas Times-Herald
“One of the great true stories of the war, and one of the greatest escape narratives of all time.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Robert Whitfield reads this suspenseful dramatic story in a calm, thoughtful manner. His consistent pace and matter-of-fact delivery mimic the methodical struggle of the POWs to regain their freedom and escape starvation. The timing, cadence, vocal quality, and even melody of Whitfield’s reading add to the suspense. Listeners will understand more fully the ordeal of a POW.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Nelle 9/13/2017
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Great Entertainment

If you ever doubt what a human being can do in difficult circumstances, listen to this book. These soldiers from the United States, England, Ireland, and Scotland held in a German prison camp for years were so determined to escape that they masterminded an incredible series of events to try to tunnel their way to freedom. And they did it over and over again, after each escape route was discovered. With devious cunning, intelligence, creativity, and minute coordination, they met every setback to their escape—and there were plenty, including tons of yellow sand that kept collapsing their tunnels that had to be excavated, hidden in bags under their clothing, and disposed of out of sight because it would be easily spotted on ground level. What was truly incredible was the stellar artistic ability of the some of the soldiers who were able to fabricate imitations of stamped, dated passports, up-to-date rail passes, detailed maps, German uniforms, and German weapons from the most unlikely of materials that could be smuggled in. The sad part of the account is the resulting freedom of only a very few of the participants. Nevertheless, this true story is great entertainment, especially as read by Simon Vance.

Author

Author Bio: Paul Brickhill

Paul Brickhill (1916–1991) was an Australian journalist and writer whose World War II books were turned into popular movies. He was directly involved with the escape from Stalag Luft III, although he was one of the prisoners left behind. After the war, he wrote the first major account of the escape in The Great Escape (1950), bringing the incident to a wide public attention. He went on to write two other bestselling war books, The Dam Busters and Reach for the Sky. All three books were made into feature films.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English