I've read two of the author's books and part of a third. This would be the fourth book by this author. What I like about Beevor's histories is that he presents the subject from a broad range of perspectives. Like past books, in D-Day he examines the roles of the generals, the colonels and majors,and the grunts of both sides. Of equal importance, he brings to life the civilians and their roles and outcomes from this event. I came away appreciating the sacrifice, pain and desparation of the many who participated in D-Day. I recommend this book.
On the "con" side, the narration is weird in places. The narrator -- Cameron Stewart -- who is obviously English, sounds goofy and cartoonish when he tries to quote Americans in the narrative. He does a good job with all the other accents, but he makes all the US characters sound like warehouse workers from Brooklyn. The narration is the only reason I didn't give this book five stars.
I like Pat Conroy's books usually, but this catastrophe should have never seen the light of day. The characters were cartoonish (to borrow from an earlier review.) The timelines were all over the place. The subplot with the evil antagonist made little sense and added nothing to the novel. And the ending...left me feeling sickened that I had stuck it out to that point. God!
I haven't wanted to read a fiction piece in a while and this book will probably kill it for me for a while more.
This book is not a good use of your money or credits.
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