Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers' Audiobook | Don Malarkey, Bob Welch | Audible.com
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Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers' | [Don Malarkey, Bob Welch]

Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'

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 Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings.
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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 Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in 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

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    Rex Amboy, IL, USA 03-02-09
    Rex Amboy, IL, USA 03-02-09
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    "Really Rounds out Band of Brothers"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Ewing Clayton, CA, United States 09-28-10
    David Ewing Clayton, CA, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Solid American Greatness"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sarah Austin, TX, United States 09-10-12
    sarah Austin, TX, United States 09-10-12
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    "better to read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.


    What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

    Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Gulf Shores, AL, USA 08-07-09
    Suzanne Gulf Shores, AL, USA 08-07-09 Member Since 2001
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    "War is worse then hell."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Pembrooke, FL, United States 07-23-09
    Steve Pembrooke, FL, United States 07-23-09 Member Since 2009
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    "I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN"

    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.
    Thanks,
    Steve

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Berlin, MD, United States 11-16-12
    Dave Berlin, MD, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Story, Lukewarm Performance"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Barberton, OH, United States 09-24-12
    Lynn Barberton, OH, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"
    What did you love best about Easy Company Soldier?

    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.


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    Pamela Ford LECANTO, FL, US 09-10-12
    Pamela Ford LECANTO, FL, US 09-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Kept my interest for the entire book."
    If you could sum up Easy Company Soldier in three words, what would they be?

    articulatestirringrealistic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way he made the people so human...warts and all. I felt as though I were with them in the conflict.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ari Kukkonen Finland 09-03-12
    Ari Kukkonen Finland 09-03-12
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    "HBO Easy Company mini series mistakes fixed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this audiobook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I almost did listen to this all in one sitting


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Fabian Schwarzwald 07-09-12
    Frank Fabian Schwarzwald 07-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Another perspective of a part of history"
    Where does Easy Company Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the upper half


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Easy Company Soldier?

    the day they got their first parachute jump from an airplane


    What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

    They change of intonation in the voice and the feeling of being right in the frontline when important events took place


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I will surely hear it again in a couple of months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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