Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.
Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.
In the darkness of D-Day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and, within days, was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for 23 days in Normandy, nearly 80 in Holland, 39 in Bastogne, and nearly 30 more in and near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.
This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.
©2008 Don Malarkey and Bob Welch; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
I've read through nearly all the materials surrounding Easy Company and this account is fantastic for fellow enthusiasts as well as people new to the story of this remarkable company. Malarkey and Welch make sure they explain everything they encountered as if the user has NOT seen the HBO miniseries or read other books, but there is also a great deal of the personal stories and perspectives of Don Malarkey that make it a valuable point of view for those that had read many of the other memoirs. Lloyd does a great job reading the story with expression and clarity. Malarkey and Welch begin the recount at a dramatic moment - in the frozen woods near Bastone and in riveting detail, describe the harsh conditions of life on the front line. Then they backtrack to the beginning of Malarkey's life and provide a colorful view into prewar America on the rural west coast (Oregon). From there the story progresses linearly through the prewar years, the attack on Pearl Harbor, basic training, crossing the pond, life in the UK, D-Day, Market Garden, Bastone, The Eagles Nest, the end of the war and post war life. What you come away with is a sense of awe about the WWII generation and the men that fought desperately, won and got on with their lives. I really wish I could meet Don Malarkey, but given I probably will not, this was an invaluable substitute and I am so glad I listened to it.
A truly great book. One that will have you fighting and brawling with the 101st in the trenches and feeling all of their losses. Highly recommended.
Teacher - Autistic Children
If ever you find yourself disappointed in our great country listen to the book "EASY COMPANY SOLDIER". UNABRIDGED) It is the most heartwarming true story I have ever listened to. After completing the listen, I realize how lucky I am to be an American. I also realized how much our soldiers gave and continue to give to our great nation without expecting anything in return.
It is a story about the sadness of war, and how one person survived it. The book describes in detail the horrors he experienced. There is no movie that could come close to Don Malarkey's experiences. If I could give this listen more than five stars, I would rate it over a thousand stars for its honesty. I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.
EASY COMPANY SOLDIER IS BRILLIANT.
Thanks for reading my review PLEASE READ IT. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.
I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.
Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America
This book gives rich detail on being a Private joining the Army. Training to be a paratrooper, actually going to war and fighting to get back to the Airborne units after D-Day and freezing in the Battle of the Bulge--all these experiences made me wonder why we go to war in the first place. To say "war is hell" is a oomplete understatement--made by a General.
The story of Don Malarkey is compelling. He is a patriot in the most complete sense and all Americans owe him a debt which can never be repaid. A story such as his deserves better than the pedestrian performance contributed by the narrator. His diction is erratic, often pronouncing the same word differently at different times. Amazing story, mundane narrator.
This book explains many of the issues that combat soldiers deal with everyday of their lives. And why many of them have issues adjusting or interacting with others.
The way he made the people so human...warts and all. I felt as though I were with them in the conflict.
Yes. We do several long drives each year and I bought it especially for the drive. I am the passenger and I sometimes doze...but not during this book.
I would definately recommend this audiobook.
Yes, I almost did listen to this all in one sitting
In the upper half
the day they got their first parachute jump from an airplane
They change of intonation in the voice and the feeling of being right in the frontline when important events took place
booth depending on the sadness of the event or the language used, most often when I could picture the whole scene as being there as an invisible visitor.
I will surely hear it again in a couple of months.
"Amazing and Heartbreaking"
It's amazing to listen to what the author went through and describes so vividly. The strength and valour that this unit in particular showed through the latter parts of WWII is humbling. An excellent listen, highly recommended
Great story well told. Some nice new info that's not in any other books.
amazing men and nice to hear the back story of his life.
"An Inspiring read of inspiring men"
Inspirational tales of a group of men, many no longer here, who did what was required, often with no regard for their own safety but ALWAYS looking out for their brothers. Showing a morality very rarely seen nowadays. Keep soldiering on Malark and you remaining brothers, we owe you !!
"fantastic incredible story"
fantastic incredible story very hard hitting covers much more than band of brothers, nice to hear familiar names and stories of heros
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