Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, returns with his next thrilling work of narrative nonfiction about a group of Allied POWs who staged an escape for the ages during World War I. Published on the 100th anniversary of the Holzminden escape! At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. A land-locked Alcatraz of sorts, it was home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners--and the most talented at escape. The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale of a band of pilots who pulled off an ingenious plan and made it out of enemy territory in the biggest breakout of WWI, inspiring their countrymen in the darkest hours of the war.
by Neal Bascomb
by Julian Barnes
by Guy Gavriel Kay
"It takes the smooth, calm voice of narrator Simon Vance to keep the listener from feeling claustrophobic during this nonfiction narrative of survival and escape from POW camps during WWI. The author writes these stories in a documentary style, with little to no dialogue, so Vance's delivery of the unjust and inhumane conditions gives the listener just enough distance to keep going. Because Vance tells the stories as they happened, with no extreme emotion, the listener, like the characters, perseveres. Had he narrated with more passion, the listener likely would be overwhelmed by the conditions these men faced. This Young Adult version of the audiobook will make young listeners wish Vance could read all their history books. A.R.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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