Hell's Angels

  • by Jay A. Stout
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

During the air battles that destroyed Nazi Germany's ability to wage war, one bomb group was especially distinguished.
The Hell's Angels.
At the outbreak of World War II, the United States was in no way prepared to wage war. Although the US declared war against Germany in December 1941, the country lacked the manpower, the equipment, and the experience it needed to fight. Even had an invasion force been ready, a successful assault on Nazi-occupied Europe could not happen until Germany's industrial and military might were crippled.
Because no invasion could happen without air superiority, the first target was the Luftwaffe - the most powerful and battle-hardened airforce in the world. To this end, the United States Army Air Forces joined with Great Britain's already-engaged Royal Air Force to launch a strategic air campaign that ultimately brought the Luftwaffe to its knees. One of the standout units of this campaign was the legendary 303rd Bomb Group - a.k.a. Hell's Angels.
This is the 303rd's story, as told by the men who made it what it was. Taking their name from their B-17 of the same name, they became one of the most distinguished and important air combat units in history. The dramatic and terrible air battles they fought against Germany changed the course of the war.

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The Perfect Voice for a Compelling Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Hell's Angels to be better than the print version?

It's difficult to say--I sure didn't like to stop listening.


What did you like best about this story?

Although the stories of air combat are told in a way that's both exciting and personal, it's not just about air combat, which, when overdone, can get numbing or overwhelming. The fighting is woven into a total story of strategy, tactics, equipment and people. And it tells the story of the support personnel as well--these are the folks who made sure the aircraft and men were ready for each mission. And it includes lots of personal stories and vignettes that make the men and what they did that much more real. Altogether it makes a very engaging story.


What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

Robertson Dean performs this amazing story with the gravitas it warrants while simultaneously drawing the reader into the gut-wrenching action that typified the air war over Europe. His timing and tempo, together with his ability to apply nuance and heart, move the book along perfectly. It's difficult to imagine this book read by anyone else.


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

Terror, heart and sacrifice at five miles high.


Any additional comments?

There is probably no better start-to-finish narrative history of a World War II Bomb Group.

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- Carter L.

Hell's Angles

Would you consider the audio edition of Hell's Angels to be better than the print version?

A true account of what it was really like to be in a B-17 crew in the dangerous sky's of Europe. They fought as a team and died as a team while slowly eroding the Nazi industrial complex. A great historical account of the Army Air Force.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell's Angels?

Unable to choose one over the next. The book rubs the readers nose right into what the air war was like.


Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I will look for more of Mr. Dean's writings.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As a former Airman, I had noting but respect for the men that got into those B-17's each day knowing that a large percentage would not return.


Any additional comments?

One of the best overall accounts of the air war I have read.

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- Amazon Customer "Skipper"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.