• The Colditz Story

  • By: P.R. Reid
  • Narrated by: Tim Woodward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-17-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Colditz - the dreaded POW camp was supposed to be impregnable. It was the German fortress from which there was no escape. It had been escape-proof in the 1914-18 war and was to be again in the Second World War, according to the Germans... This is the true story that has passed into legend: the story of the incredible courage and daredevil ingenuity of those who refused to admit defeat - those who burrowed, leapt and ran their way to freedom. It is the story of the finest escapers of World War Two, culminating in the author’s own dramatic escape in 1942.
©2001 P.R. Reid (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By David on 09-22-12

One of the best in the genre

Author has a great sense of humor. The stories from Colditz are funny despite those killed and injured. This is serious and I appreciate the levity he brings to the story. The narrator is perfect, His reading and accent so add to the flavor of the story. Loved the Gestapo being outwhitted by the prisoners. Puts the lie to the myths about German efficiency.

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By Phill Coxon on 07-23-12

Enthralling and exciting

Would you listen to The Colditz Story again? Why?

Yes, I would definitely listen to it again. <br/><br/>I read the book when I was a teenager and was just as enthralled as I was listening to the audio version. <br/><br/>This is a story about the human spirit under pressure and what is possible in a seemingly impossible situation. <br/><br/>There are lessons here for those of us who have never experienced war or oppression. No matter how hard we may think our lives are it is nothing compared to others around the world imprisoned or detained against their will. <br/><br/>Yet even under the worst of circumstances incredible feats can be achieved. <br/><br/>Reading the true stories of escapes from Colditz - the most impregnable and escape proof prisoner of war camp in World War II, Germany - is both nail biting and mind blowing. <br/><br/>The Colditz Story covers many seemingly impossible achievements - lock picking "unlockable" doors, building tunnels, hidden trapdoors, forging documents, making german uniforms from scraps around the POW camp and more.<br/><br/>The story is full of humour, surprise, tension and astonishment along with some sad sections when things don't go well. <br/><br/>When I hear about prisoners esaping from prison on the news I always think about this book. When someone has nothing to do but think about escaping 24 hours a day it is incredible what crazy, hair-brained and absolutely genius methods are dreamed up. <br/><br/>Overall it's an amazing story that in many ways reads like fiction and yet is 100% true. <br/><br/>I highly recommend it.<br/>

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By Charles on 06-06-11

Ordinary men in an extraordinary situation

Having grown up in the late 60s and early 70s, I have memories of British TV (especially Sunday Afternoons!) having a lot of old War films and TV shows on, including The Colditz Story (the film), and Colditz (BBC TV). What we have here is the real story, told by one of the men who were incarcerated there. I've been listening to this over the last couple of weeks on my commute, and I flick between amazement at the schemes and inventiveness of these men, amusement at some of the "Goon-baiting" they got up to , and sheer admiration of the men who were PoWs during the second World War. This is an enthralling book, and I really hope that we can have the follow-up book soon.

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By J on 07-07-14

A Great Escape From Life!

Fantastic, plain and simple. Having read the original book numerous times I was slightly sceptical whether I would enjoy this audiobook. I need not have worried as the audio helped bring the experience to life. I normally only listen to my audiobooks when driving but with this book I found myself sitting in the car even when my journey had finished just to hear the next little bit!

Amazing book and flawlessly narrated a must have for anyone with an interest in military history or real life stories. Having visited Colditz myself the visit only added to how much I enjoyed this audio and i cannot recommend enough for people to take that pilgrimage like I did.

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