The Great Escape

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Brickhill
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: History, Biography & Memoir, Military
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2000
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 37 minutes
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Overview

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.

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 men -- every single one of them, every minute, every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year

Reviews (3)

Still wonderful!

Written by Fred on May 28th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read this book many years ago after the movie came out. It was wonderful to read it again! What an inspirational story about brave men who put their duty to country and to each other first and personal safety last. It is full of humorous incidents which kept me laughing all the way through. A really great read!

Beyond good.

Written by Darrell Crosgrove on November 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is, easily, the most enthralling, and often humorous, audio book I have ever listened to. Within the first 5 minutes you are pulled into the lives of the prisoners, and everything that went into their triumphs, and tragedies. This is an engrossing page-turner that does not seek to dramatize history the way Hollywood does, because it chronicles a long series of events which are orders of magnitude greater than anything fictional Hollywood could ever hope to achieve. I plan on purchasing copies of this for my friends who enjoy military history.

The Great Escape

Written by Anonymous on September 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent book. I have seen the movie and the book was great. To read about men that had such determination and will power make you proud of the human race and realize anything is possible if you set your mind to it. It is a book you must listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

Brickhill, Paul

PAUL BRICKHILL was shot down over Tunisia on March 17, 1943. He was captured by the Germans and soon transferred to Luft III, where he joined organization "X" working on the great escape.