The Great Escape

  • by Paul Brickhill
  • Narrated by Robert Whitfield
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 for every hour, every day, and every night for more than a year. With only their bare hands and crude homemade tools, they sank shafts, built underground railroads, forged passports, drew maps, faked weapons, and tailored German clothes. They developed a fantastic security system to protect themselves from the Germans who tenaciously prowled the compounds. And against all odds, they pulled off a daring mass escape from a German POW camp.

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What the Critics Say

"The timing, cadence, vocal quality, and even melody of Whitfield's reading add to the suspense." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

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Fascinating and exciting!!

Any additional comments?

Absolutely terrific read that fired my imagination and sent me running to YouTube to find interviews with the POWs that were there. Amazing to know that the technical aspects of the dig as portrayed in the film were 100% true. The book provides even more jaw dropping details and wily tricks not covered in the film. Wonderful!! Get it! You won't be sorry!

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- 6catz

My new favourite book.

What made the experience of listening to The Great Escape the most enjoyable?

An excellent book to listen to while working.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Roger was such an interesting character. He is now who I think of as an example of a leader among men.


Which character – as performed by Robert Whitfield – was your favorite?

There were so many, but to each he brought expression and depth of character.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Once they have decided on a course of action, a group of men can do anything.


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- Clarke

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-19-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.