The Escape Artists by Neal Bascomb audiobook

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Greatest Prison Break of the Great War

By Neal Bascomb
Read by L. J. Ganser

Recorded Books, Inc.

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664473133

  • ISBN: 9781664580961

Runtime: 9.95 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Neal Bascomb, New York Times best-selling author, delivers the spellbinding story of the downed Allied airmen who masterminded the remarkably courageous-and ingenious-breakout from Germany's most devilish POW camp In the winter trenches and flak-filled skies of World War I, soldiers and pilots alike might avoid death, only to find themselves imprisoned in Germany's archipelago of POW camps, often in abominable conditions. The most infamous was Holzminden, a land-locked Alcatraz of sorts that housed the most troublesome, escape-prone prisoners. Its commandant was a boorish, hate-filled tyrant named Karl Niemeyer who swore that none should ever leave. Desperate to break out of "Hellminden" and return to the fight, a group of Allied prisoners led by ace pilot (and former Army sapper) David Gray hatch an elaborate escape plan. Their plot demands a risky feat of engineering as well as a bevy of disguises, forged documents, fake walls, and steely resolve. Once beyond the watch towers and round-the-clock patrols, Gray and almost a dozen of his half-starved fellow prisoners must then make a heroic 150 mile dash through enemy-occupied territory towards free Holland. Drawing on never-before-seen memoirs and letters, Neal Bascomb brings this narrative to cinematic life, amid the twilight of the British Empire and the darkest, most savage hours of the fight against Germany. At turns tragic, funny, inspirational, and nail-biting suspenseful, this is the little-known story of the biggest POW breakout of the Great War.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Bascomb presents both a poignant story of human resilience and a worthy addition to WWI history.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Fast-paced account of a forgotten episode of World War I history…Bascomb’s portraits of the principals are affecting…with just the right level of detail and drama.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This audiobook demonstrates that history is often more interesting than fiction…Ganser’s performance is, as usual, spot-on. Whether he is highlighting the leadership of pilot David Gray or the frustrations, fears, and hopes of Gray’s colleagues, Ganser delivers the story in a style as intense as the men who are being celebrated. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Neal Bascomb

Author Bio: Neal Bascomb

Neal Bascomb has published a number of international and national bestsellers, including Higher, The Perfect Mile, Red Mutiny, and Hunting Eichmann. His books have been optioned for film, featured in several documentaries, and translated into ten languages. He has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English