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For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, a pulse-pounding tale of triumph over Hitler’s fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing.

They were the unlikeliest of heroes. René Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international race car circuit, had been banned from the best teams - and fastest cars - by the mid-1930s because of his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, head of the down-on-its-luck automaker Delahaye, was desperately trying to save his company as the world teetered at the brink. And Lucy Schell, the adventurous daughter of an American multi-millionaire, yearned to reclaim the glory of her rally-driving days.

As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, these three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler’s dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day - but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history. 

Bringing to life this glamorous era and the sport that defined it, Faster chronicles one of the most inspiring, death-defying upsets of all time: a symbolic blow against the Nazis during history’s darkest hour.

©2020 11th Street Productions, LLC (P)2020 Recorded Books

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  • F.
  • 08-06-20

Almost perfect, but lousy sound cuts and splicing

Almost perfect on all counts (overall, performance, and story). The sound editor, however, destroyed some important passages with amateurish editing that interrupts the continuity of the narrative. The narrator should not have authorized such mangling of his otherwise excellent performance.

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  • Mike Tiano
  • 11-04-20

A must read for any racing fan.

I finished this in less than a week. I made journeys extend to complete chapters. I cannot give this book enough praise. Thank you for an amazing journey through time. This would be a fantastic film.

Via La Delahaye!

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  • Tremayne
  • 31-03-21

Wonderful

What a great story. For those of us that experience the world of automobiles and racing as an integral aspect of our humanity, this book captures all of it. This was the most joy I have had listening to an audio book in some time. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a keen sense and appreciation of modern history, and a love of cars and auto racing. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Toni Bowes
  • 02-02-21

Great Slice of Racing History

Loved Edoardo Ballerini's narration of the story. Fabulous. A story I did not know. Thanks for filling in more blanks in my many reads of that time period.

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  • zzJoezz
  • 17-12-20

Great read!

Story was excellent and the narrator did a fantastic job with the car terms and locations!

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  • joshua Shaw
  • 18-11-20

Phenomenal!

I’ve had the honor of working on & Race prepping Peter Mullin’s “Million Franc Delahaye”. What a thrill it was to hear the FULL STORY in detail of the car, it’s driver and owner. Thank you!

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  • Marsha L. Woerner
  • 06-10-20

All about winning the automobile race

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Definitely not my style of book: it was all about racing and making the machine better or handling the turns better or whatever. The fact that he originally called himself a Nazi but had to drop that when the Nazis decided that anyone even be related to Judaism – for instance by a name – is by definition worse than spit that he disowned himself from the Germans. I suppose that if you're interested in that, more power to you…

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-08-20

Where did French cars go?

I had a Renault Dauphine in the 50s and it was fine although the rear weight caused “over steer” so it was not one for speed. There were.a few Citroen’s around and I saw a SM on the street a few years ago.
A sad end for.a fine industry

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  • David Cook
  • 03-07-20

A must read for auto enthusiasts

Great story. Educational, interesting, at times exhilarating. Authentic in detail. A must for fans of racing, early French cars or anyone interested in a great story. Well done

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  • John Hodges
  • 03-07-20

Fantastic book!

This is my second Neal Bascomb book. He is a fabulous writer! The performance is excellent too. Enjoy!

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  • Mr Richard Ashley-Davies
  • 23-11-20

Probably good if you can get past the narrator

Probably an interesting story and one I'd like to learn - but from elsewhere. I could not get past the ridiculous accents/pronunciation used constantly throughout, More of an annoyance than anything else; could not complete the audiobook.