Again, if you want the truth...and the whoooole truth, Ambrose is your guy. While this book doesn't resonate with readers the way Band of Brothers did it's largely because this isn't a story. It's a collection or recollections. It's more like the Bible...you know, the same tale as recalled by various people present at the same set of events.
BoB had a story arch....a beginning, a middle and an end. This book differs in that it focuses largely on the event of D-Day...a single pivotal and horrific event that involves courage, cowardice, cunning, deception, triumph and failure. But not a story. D-Day was part of a story and this book shines a laser-like focus on June 6, 1944.
That said, if you're planning a trip to Normandy (I just went) you simply couldn't do better than using this book as a guide to what really happened on that beach. The personal accounts of the men (and one woman) that survived that terrible day really bring to life the points of interest you will encounter on your trip.
Again, I'm a huge fan of Band of Brothers but I don't believe this book was ever meant to tell a story the way BoB was. This is part biography, part documentary...and all history.
Clear and easy to understand. Like Cotter Smith he can bring Ambrose's amazing tales to life and lend credibility with his intonations.
I found the various histories of the German troops there to be both compelling and fresh.
Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery and more plot twists than backroad in the Alps. Okay, enough with cute sayings...this book and it's Milkweed predecessor are fresh, new and clever addition to the genre. Did I mention how skillfully it was written? Or the superb job Kevin Pariseau did with the narration? Ian Tregillis is simply fantastic. Hat's off!
Sorry, no spoilers.
Sorry, no spoilers.
Witchcraft made science, science made sorcery...
If you're heading to Germany for a vacation in a few weeks and need to pick up some helpful phrases this book might be for you. But as far as using it as a tool to actually learn the language...well, I'd go with Pimsleur or some other more structured approach.
No...as this book was billed as an easy tool to assist learing the language I feel my money would be better spent on other books.
The narration was very nicely done.
I would have restructured the entire approach.
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