• The Greatest Aces

  • By: Edward H. Sims
  • Narrated by: Justin Hecht
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-16-99
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (42 ratings)

Regular price: $21.95

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Publisher's Summary

Top World War II aces of the RAF, USAAF, and the Luftwaffe recall the greatest aerial missions in this thrilling program. There is Douglas Bader, one of the best of the RAF fighter pilots despite 2 artificial legs, Adolf Galland of the Luftwaffe, who, subsequent to being shot down in France one morning, took off in another Messerschmitt that afternoon, another German ace, Hans-Joachim Marseille, the young "Pilot of Africa" who would steal into the British fighters' own formations to down several Hurricanes before the enemy could react, and Robert S. Johnson, the American who heroically defended Liberator and Flying Fortress formations.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brooke P. Anderson on 11-15-06


This is a great book with lots of interesting information and first-hand accounts of dogfights, compiled by the author through first-hand discussions with the aces written about. It is impressively well researched. I've read a lot of books on WWII air combat and like this one very much. If you like WWII aviation history, I'm sure you'll like this.

I think the narrator is fine -- the problem, though, is that the recording quality is quite bad. It sounds like the tapes they digitized from are much worse for the passage of time (muffled sounding) or that person who did the digitization did a very bad job. Although the recording quality is bad, to me it is intelligible -- but I suggest you listen to a sample first to make sure you are OK with it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-25-07

Great Stuff!!!

This book is essential for anyone with an avid interest in military history and/or aviation. The descriptions are very detailed and give you a basis to vividly imagine the experiences of the profiled fighter pilots. From unconscionable skill of Marseille, to the undeterable Bader, to the machine-like Hartmann, this book is a great insight into the world of the fighter pilot.

The audio quality is not that great, with the volume fluctuating at times. But the reader is good enough not to refrain from going audio.

I highly recommend this item.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr. C. R. Parrott on 02-24-07

Full of information and detail

The subject and information is excellent but the narration is very dull. the narrator just drones!
but 10 out of 10 for content.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 09-26-08

Could be better

The audio quality is terrible being from '82 and the nasal narration cuts into the content. I have found it very difficult to continue listening to what is probably an excellent book had it been narrated in an a more uplifting style and with the benefit of remastering.

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