Colditz - the dreaded POW camp was supposed to be impregnable. It was the German fortress from which there was no escape. It had been escape-proof in the 1914-18 war and was to be again in the Second World War, according to the Germans... This is the true story that has passed into legend: the story of the incredible courage and daredevil ingenuity of those who refused to admit defeat - those who burrowed, leapt and ran their way to freedom. It is the story of the finest escapers of World War Two, culminating in the author's own dramatic escape in 1942.
©2001 P.R. Reid (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Having grown up in the late 60s and early 70s, I have memories of British TV (especially Sunday Afternoons!) having a lot of old War films and TV shows on, including The Colditz Story (the film), and Colditz (BBC TV). What we have here is the real story, told by one of the men who were incarcerated there. I've been listening to this over the last couple of weeks on my commute, and I flick between amazement at the schemes and inventiveness of these men, amusement at some of the "Goon-baiting" they got up to , and sheer admiration of the men who were PoWs during the second World War. This is an enthralling book, and I really hope that we can have the follow-up book soon.
Fantastic, plain and simple. Having read the original book numerous times I was slightly sceptical whether I would enjoy this audiobook. I need not have worried as the audio helped bring the experience to life. I normally only listen to my audiobooks when driving but with this book I found myself sitting in the car even when my journey had finished just to hear the next little bit!
Amazing book and flawlessly narrated a must have for anyone with an interest in military history or real life stories. Having visited Colditz myself the visit only added to how much I enjoyed this audio and i cannot recommend enough for people to take that pilgrimage like I did.
This is one of the classic stories from the war. Written by one of the former prisoners the writing style is not the easiest to follow with huge amounts of information being delivered at rapid pace. The detail is extraordinary. The story has been told in film and TV series and remains one of the greats. This is only the first half of the story. The second book the “Later days on Colditz “is not yet available here but would a good addition if available. The recording has a dated feel about it but that maybe because I knew much of the story anyway. If you don’t know the story and you like stiff upper lip British stuff with school boy humour you’ll love this.
"One of the best in the genre"
Author has a great sense of humor. The stories from Colditz are funny despite those killed and injured. This is serious and I appreciate the levity he brings to the story. The narrator is perfect, His reading and accent so add to the flavor of the story. Loved the Gestapo being outwhitted by the prisoners. Puts the lie to the myths about German efficiency.
"Enthralling and exciting"
Yes, I would definitely listen to it again.
I read the book when I was a teenager and was just as enthralled as I was listening to the audio version.
This is a story about the human spirit under pressure and what is possible in a seemingly impossible situation.
There are lessons here for those of us who have never experienced war or oppression. No matter how hard we may think our lives are it is nothing compared to others around the world imprisoned or detained against their will.
Yet even under the worst of circumstances incredible feats can be achieved.
Reading the true stories of escapes from Colditz - the most impregnable and escape proof prisoner of war camp in World War II, Germany - is both nail biting and mind blowing.
The Colditz Story covers many seemingly impossible achievements - lock picking "unlockable" doors, building tunnels, hidden trapdoors, forging documents, making german uniforms from scraps around the POW camp and more.
The story is full of humour, surprise, tension and astonishment along with some sad sections when things don't go well.
When I hear about prisoners esaping from prison on the news I always think about this book. When someone has nothing to do but think about escaping 24 hours a day it is incredible what crazy, hair-brained and absolutely genius methods are dreamed up.
Overall it's an amazing story that in many ways reads like fiction and yet is 100% true.
I highly recommend it.
Incredible, it was like i was there in the castle itself. a real adrenaline rush with the escapes and also very informative on so many other escape strategies. A true game of cat and mouse. I loved it
"Great Story! Love it!"
I like the way the author opened up a whole new level of history to me. I've read a lot about WWII, but this just adds the finishing touch. I think I can say I am now addicted to POW and escape stories.
Very interesting story told with one of the best narrator ever. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. You won't regret it
".....Stalag 17 Has Nothing on Colditz ....."
If you like stories about the indomitable spirit of man then this should be required listening. Here Reid tells us his personal stories of escape from the Germans from two different prisons. And along the way he relates the many, many, other escape attempts being conducted in Colditz castle. You will be amazed at the ingenuity of the prisoners in their efforts to undermine the vigilance of the German captors. This is a great adventure and one told with the practiced skill of one who knows how to tell a story.
Don’t miss the sequel: THE LATTER DAYS OF COLDITZ by Paul Reid
Tim Woodward does accents—British, Dutch, Polish, French and especially German—perfectly. He is so entertaining that I will be seeking out more of his work. When he is speaking German so fluent is he that he sounds like a native German speaker. It is a real joy to listen to such a masterful performance.
"AWESOME STORY, GOOD READER"
pretty close to the top! The narrator could do with a lot more tone and expression though.
"Very interesting story"
The story of Colditz was new to me. It listens more like a somewhat sterile memoir. The narrator uses a British accent, which gives some justification to the somewhat dry and understated British way of telling a story.
To look at a castle like Colditz and imagine that one could escape from it takes a lot of faith. The men who did it had more than faith. They had skill, persistence, and a resourcefulness rarely seen today. Very interesting story about their lives and the life of a prison during WWII.
I'm a fan of WWII but this book was far from what I expected.
No.this book sounded like a dull Sgt Schultz and Col Klink, with the Germans sounding like idiots and I'm no fan of the Nazi's.
Almost anyone would have been better
Description of all areas of Colditz was more than I could process
I gave up after two hours.
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