The Lost Airman

  • by Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fans of Unbroken, the remarkable, untold story of World War II American Air Force turret-gunner Staff Sergeant Arthur Meyerowitz, who was shot down over Nazi-occupied France and evaded Gestapo pursuers for more than six months before escaping to freedom.
Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier. Arthur and Taillandier formed an improbable bond as the resistance leader arranged for Arthur's transfers among safe houses in southern France, shielding him from the Gestapo.
Based on recently declassified material, exclusive personal interviews, and extensive research into the French Resistance, The Lost Airman tells the tense and riveting story of Arthur's trying months in Toulouse - masquerading as a deaf mute and working with a downed British pilot to evade the Nazis - and of his hair-raising journey to freedom involving a perilous trek over the Pyrenees and a voyage aboard a fishing boat with U-boats lurking below and Luftwaffe fighters looming above. This is a never-before-told true story of endurance, perseverance, and escape during World War II.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Chronology, not a story

What would have made The Lost Airman better?

I really, really wanted to give this a shot. 2 hours in it is just a series of this happened, then this happened, and then this character's background was...It didn't get beyond a chronology or develop as a story.

Has The Lost Airman turned you off from other books in this genre?

Maybe: I'll read more reviews.

How could the performance have been better?

Narrator's voice got reedy & didn't sound different across different characters.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration that I wasted a credit; gratitude that I let myself off the hook & deleted it instead of trudging through.

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- Jason Bachman

Couldn't wait to listen every day on the way home!

This book was very well written and the narration was absolutely perfect. Jonathan Ross's voice really kept me fully engaged in the story. He even had a perfect French accent when speaking in the voice of those characters. The authors left no loose ends throughout book. What a great read!
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- Olga M Texidor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books