The Ghost Army of World War II
- How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery
- Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
- Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-08-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
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From Normandy to the Rhine, the 1,100 men of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions, and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. Between missions, the artists filled their duffel bags with drawings and paintings and dragged them across Europe. Every move they made was top secret, and their story was hushed up for decades after the war's end. The Ghost Army of World War II is the first publication to tell the full story of how a traveling road show of artists wielding imagination, paint, and bravado saved thousands of American lives.
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By Daniel on 08-04-16
Should have been better I'm affraid
Would you try another book from Rick Beyer and Elizabeth Sayles and/or Tom Stechschulte?
I definitely wouldn't look for a book by this narrater. It was a weak performance that ruined a potentially good yarn. The pronunciation of French place names in this reading was shockingly bad, to name just one fault with it all. I can't say that I'd rush to these authors again either. They did their research, but just failed to pull it all together in a way that made you feel like you were listening to anything that was actually following a timeline.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I'm a huge fan of history from this period, and the idea that these guys set up a fake army is amazing to me. I should have loved this, it had "me" written all over it, yet I struggled to get through a mere 4 hour reading and had to restart it on several occasions. Sadly it's just poorly written, and poorly performed. Its saving grace is that it is a true story so despite the bad writing, you can't help but wonder at the ingenuity of these guys.
What didn’t you like about Tom Stechschulte’s performance?
Laughable pronunciation of French place names, monotone performance... just dull.
Was The Ghost Army of World War II worth the listening time?
Barely. It made me want to go and research the subject and see if someone else has done a better job of telling this story.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Tyler J. on 05-16-16
Bring a balloon to a gun fight.
Unbelievable courage to hold off one of the most notorious armies in history with a bunch of speakers and balloons. They couldn't even tell their allies to either side that they were essentially unarmed. They pulled off their mission PERFECTLY as evidenced by the fact that any of them survived. It is a great story and it is worth listening to. Attention to details is incredible where they considered things that would have given away the deception and find a way to make it work.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful