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In this follow-up book to THE COLDITZ STORY Paul Reid goes beyond his personal involvement and relates many of the other fascinating escape attempts that took place in Colditz castle as WWII played out. This book is every bit as interesting and exciting as the first one.
Of great interest to me is the detailed account of the formidable project of constructing a glider as an escape vehicle in a prison especially chosen to discourage escape. I am a fan of the old made for 1971 TV movie “The Escape of the Birdmen” starring Doug MacClure (Alternate titles: “Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen,” “The Birdmen,” and “Operation Braindrain – Codename Chessboard.”) That movie is set in Colditz and seems a lot like Hogan’s Heroes or Stalag 17. But even though the story is told in an engaging light-hearted fashion the true spirit is that they can imprison your body but they can’t hold your mind captive. Well this book is much the same as that movie in that is is an inspiring fun account of the effort men will put out to get free.
Terrence Hardiman is a fine narrator, handling multiple character voices in expert fashion.
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What did you love best about The Latter Days at Colditz?
Everything. The incredible true stories of the brave POW in Colditz and their unconquerable humor...and the narrators awesome ability to bring it all to life!
Who was your favorite character and why?
all of them
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As with the original book by Pat Reid, "The Colditz Story", this title tells the story of allied POWs in the latter years of World War 2, focusing rightly on the various attempts to escape by British, French, Polish and Danish POWs from Colditz Castle.
In my opinion, "The Colditz Story" and "The Latter Days at Colditz" comprise one of the most remarkable true stories ever told. It would be difficult to credit some of the escapades of the prisoners as reality, so bizarre and outlandish are they. But these books are masterpieces of suspense, adrenalin-pumping action, and factual data which would hold any would-be escaper in good stead today.
As a fan of the books, I was eager to see how well they translated to audiobook, and I was not disappointed. Terrence's reading is adroit, punctual and maintains the pace of the book extremely well. It's about the next best thing you can have to a TV documentary and in many ways is better, as it is not abridged and the facts aren't confused by the editing process (not once do you have to shout "but that wasn't him, it was so-and-so" at a reading of the source document.
Overall, I couldn't exaggerate this audiobook's listen-ability. If you are an amateur WW2 historian or simply interested in a good tale, download this now.
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The writing style of the this second book is much better than the first. It flows better and is more enjoyable. Interestingly the author had escaped at the end of the first book which maybe the reason for this. The narration is also better. You will need to read the first book to understand what is going on but this is still one of the most remarkable and often amusing stories of world war two.
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