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The German Aces Speak

World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important Commanders
Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots' heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries - the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?

Of all of the Luftwaffe's fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler.

©2011 Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis (P)2017 Tantor

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Cracker of a story, pity about the narrator

This is a wonderful collection of stories from the German side of the air war in World War Two. Even in translation, the characters shine through - vibrant, dynamic and powerful tales and recollections.
However, the narrator's delivery made it hard to listen to. His reading delivery sounds stilted, and his pronunciation of German words, while accurate, sounds very stilted - there is a small pause, almost as if he was "switching into German mode" before saying the German word(s).

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Great insight

Great narration, great stories, great to get their concise accounts while they were still alive.

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  • Philip Gehman
  • 19-12-2017

The best German side account on record!!

The detail and story lines are awesome! I have new found respect for the German Air Force and am profoundly grateful that someone took the time to put these story on paper!
Narration is a bit overly pronounced but pretty good.

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  • Jenna Dahl
  • 07-12-2017

Simply amazing

Truly an epic perspective that is hardly never heard! A must read if you want to see WWII from the opposite view of the allies.

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  • R. Frost
  • 02-02-2018

Gives good insight into the German Luftwaffe.

I really liked listening to this book, even though some of the stories overlapped, since multiple pilots would discuss the same subject, from their experiences. It is one of those books that made me want to drive more, so I could listen.

My only complaint, and it's trivial, is that the reader seemed to pronounce the German names too perfectly. For some reason, it irritated me, but I can't explain why. Maybe it's because I'm used to hearing them with an American pronunciation, not a perfect German sound.

I'm glad the author took the time to put these stories into one book.

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  • Amazon_Canuck 8148
  • 06-01-2019

Introduction should have been reduced by 55 mins

The first hour is about evil meany Nazis did bad things but these were good men. The introduction should have been shorter. It's waaaaay too preachy. The readers get it Evil Nazis were evil. Wah wah move onto the story.

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  • Josh N.
  • 29-11-2018

Great info and content... but needs dedication.

The content is FANTASTIC - and totally fascinating to listen to - but the narration sounds almost like a male version of iPhone’s Siri is reading it.

Super articulate, clear, and all that... just... well he is not the most entertaining narrator. Still good though.

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  • Brandon
  • 20-06-2018

Am I listening to the same book?

I feel like I'm listening to a different book than all the other reviewers. But here's my 2c anyhow.

The first hour or so is a slog. Bad writing and extremely repetitive. Once you get into the accounts the writing is still pretty bad but at least it's interesting content. It feels like lots of interviews are kind of mashed together so it feels fairly choppy and sterile at times. The author could have done a bit more editing to help the flow along. But, again, interesting content.

The reader was awful. I'm not sure why I'm the only one saying this. Maybe his style is just a personal thing but it's very difficult for me to listen to. It feels very mechanical. Same exact voice inflection with every single sentence. You'll hear it in the sample audio. The book would be so much better with a different reader. An older gentleman with a German accent would have been amazing.

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  • Thomas Hughes
  • 29-01-2018

Very interesting for aviation history buffs

I very much liked the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the Luftwaffe and hands on experiences of the Luftwaffe commanders. At times the story dragged on a bit, but at best was very interesting.

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  • Brad
  • 15-12-2017

Essential reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The German Aces Speak to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version. I will pick up a copy some day. However, listening to the stories told feels just like a ready room.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked to hear their point of view. How they fought, why they fought and their opinions. The stories are incredible and most are corroborated via allied records. These men were incredible fighter pilots.

What about P.J. Ochlan’s performance did you like?

It was good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A bit of both. Mostly laugh. Especially, the shenanigans some of them get into. It cracked me up because they behave exactly like you might think Lord Flashheart would.

Any additional comments?

I read this book out of professional interest and got way more out of it than I had expected. It reads like some pilots at the bar shooting their watches and arguing over technique. It is excellent.

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  • T.C.
  • 28-11-2018

Hear the seldom spoke of otherside of the story

fascinating story to hear about the WW2 air war from the German perspective. A good listen.

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  • Steve
  • 06-11-2018

I enjoyed the book immensely

I enjoyed the book immensely. These men were the modern equivalent of the Knights on their chargers. However, like most WWII Nazis or german military men there is a downplay of the Nazi atrocities. Regardless, the fliers of the last century were honorable in the warfare for the most part. You have to respect your enemy, I guess that's why many fliers from both sides became fast friends when the warfare was over.

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  • nathan
  • 05-12-2017

Exceptional

Fantastic look Into Luftwaffe operations, experiences and tragedies.
I would have liked to have Eric hartmanns experience added in as well, also more lower down aces stories rather than 'top brass' but I suppose many never lived to tell their story...

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  • rats404
  • 13-05-2018

Appalling narration. So robotic, I'm returning it

I couldn't get through the foreword, because the narration was so bad. Inflection and stress during each sentence is completely off. it sounds like a text to speech program. I would love to hear the reminiscences of these pilots, but will be returning the title.

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  • Flanker7
  • 03-01-2019

Irritating narrator, book not audio friendly

Narrator too smug about his German pronunciation, felt as if I was being lectured at.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2018

good information boring delivery

I found the content very interesting but the narration was rather boring. it was satisfactory.

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  • Jim
  • 14-08-2018

Fascinating perspective

These are some great accounts from some of the best and most successful pilots that have ever flown. Politics aside, as these men touch on but also set aside, their experience is incredible. The narrator let's the whole thing down with his often mechanical rendering of an astounding piece of work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-2018

Exceptional

A real masterpiece. It completely takes you into the lives of these brave men.

Incredible.

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  • Mr. Alan R. Jenkins
  • 12-05-2018

GERMAN PILOTS STORIES AND EXPLOITS

SUPERB AUDIO BOOK IF YOU ARE AN AVIATION BUFF. FOUR GERMAN PILOT STORIES TOLD IN DETAIL ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR. OPERATIONAL DETAILS AND ENCOUNTERS WITH THE LEADERS OF THE REICH ARE ENLIGHTENING IN THE WAY THAT IT DEMONSTRATED THE INCOMPETENCY OF THOSE THAT LED THE GALLANT, BRAVE AND SKILLED AIRMEN BETWEEN 1938 AND 1945. I THOUGHT I KNEW A LOT BUT THIS AUDIO BOOK RAISED MY KNOWLEDGE EVEN FURTHER. 6 STARS.