The classic account of one of the most dramatic battles of World War II.
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan’s masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day.
In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem.
Focusing on a vast cast of characters - from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to common soldiers and commanders - Ryan brings to life one of the most daring and ill-fated operations of the war. A Bridge Too Far superbly recreates the terror, suspense, heroism, and tragedy of this epic operation, which ended in bitter defeat for the Allies.
About the author: Cornelius Ryan (1920–1974), born in Dublin, Ireland, became one of the preeminent war correspondents of his time, flying fourteen bombing missions with the US Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. He is the author of numerous books, including several classics of military history, which have appeared throughout the world in nineteen languages. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1973.
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“I know of no other work of literature of World War II as moving, as awesome, and as accurate in its portrayal of human courage.” (General James M. Gavin)
“Ryan masters a spare, strong style to deliver a battle that has much of the majesty and beauty of classic tragedy. (Kirkus Reviews)
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The research is good and goes so much further than the movie. The characters are complex and one has to remember that they are real. The inability of the allies to manage the campaign makes you wonder what would have happened if the German units were at full strength. The characterization of Field Marshall Montgomery is consistent with most books I've read. The inability of the allies to react nimbly was a result of too big a hierarchy; much like the Pentagon or many corporations. The inefficiency of the German military was unmatched. The saddest part of the book is the fate of the Dutch population who were simply in the way of Montgomery's unending need for glory. His "dagger thrust" strategy was tried and it failed despite the "90%" success.
Clive Chafer gives monotone delivery a bad name. Not awful but has the most creative and fantastic monotone ever heard. The story is too compelling to put you to sleep but his delivery reminds one of a flat landscape that uses a mouse's foot prints for mountains.
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The movie is referred to as "A Hour Too Long" and it is a long film (3hrs). The book though brings clarity and if you wish to watch the film, I suggest listening to this book; before, after or during it does not matter. Spoiler alert, the cavalry doesn't quite make it. What you do get from this book is a clear understanding of what happen, what went wrong and possibly a good answer to the question of why. This is the 'boys own adventure' to battle and even if you are not into history, is a good yarn. Characters, action, sacrifice and morals are on every page. A damn good listen.
Yes, even though you have seen the movie, the story itself has so much more to offer. The personal perspectives of the survivors, the details about why and how. A great story
The personal narratvies and stories of the survivors adds a great deal to the story
The delivery was monotone and mechanical. It nearly ut me to sleep many times. It was a sad way to portray such a great story and made it hard to listen
Great learning exerience
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Having been a fan of this book as a written book and a Steller cast movie I have always enjoyed the way the book weaves and takes us. The audio book adds value to the book and is narrated well. If you enjoy a good war story, this is one to add.
An excellent story of the Market Garden operation. It was incredibly unlucky the British found themselves on top of the II SS Panzer corps at the time of the operation. If by a stroke of luck or ill fortune they had been elsewhere the operation would have been a rousing success. Such are the fortunes of war.
I found it to be a very interesting book. I have seen the movie but still find it to be a book well worth listening to. I would recommend it to other readers any day. A Great History Book.
The dry historical data is really bought to an exciting level. The author writes a lively tale of bravery,sacrifice, historical facts and sadness. A book that is well worth the asking price.
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Ryan does a laudible job in covering the Allied side of the battle with due care to the multiple fronts and locations. This is a great start before moving in to more detailed histories of the various segments of Operation Market Garden. It had been many years since I last read Ryan and noted that he did a good job covering the role of the Airborne Reconnaissance Squadron and the coup d'main operation at Arnhem bridge and his discussion of the radio problems was sound.
It's like watching a bad British Film Strip. Monotone and lack of any entertainment value in the reading. The book is great
"A tale of true Heroism"
Easy to follow, with a unique insight into a story that even now we find fascinating.
1st Airborne’s plight in Arnhem - magnificent.
easy to listen to and captures the moments perfectly
The soldiers that were left behind. The effective end of the 1st Airborne who so desperate to see action before the war ended had a terrible ordeal.
Proud to be British!!
A good book on one the greatest episodes of WW2. Had to knock a star off for the monotonous narration which grated on me a bit. Every sentence read with the same intonation distracted from the writing.
"Amazing book ruined by awful narration"
Compelling, daring, insightful
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The narration is simply terrible.
It does this incredible true story and the wonderful work of Ryan a massive disservice.
'Monotone' doesn't begin to explain it. Clive Chafer reads in a very unnatural, almost robotic way, with a constant rhythm that a metronome would be proud of.
I made it slightly more bearable by increasing the speed to 1.25x, but I couldn't finish it.
Boring, depressing, unengaging, dull narration.
I'd strongly advise against purchasing the audio book for this reason, but would highly recommend purchasing the actual book and reading it for yourself - an incredible story.
A Bridge Too Far?!
"Narration is subtle but overall good. Great story "
the story is well known. the narration is spoken too fast and is tone less. The narrator has no apparent sense of drama or storytelling
"Great story but wow the narration is awful"
Do the producers actually hold auditions for these guys or just pull any random actor in looking for a job? This is such a monotonous clunking performance it almost made this unlistenable.
"Very Comprehensive Account"
Yes - there's too much information for one reading.
This is not a novel and the 'characters' were real people. I don't think anyone comes out of the event in a good light apart from the troops themselves. The failings of the 82nd are brought to light in the book and glossed over in the film.
The narrative was a bit dead-pan but the textual information is staggering and very well crafted. A 'must listen' to all war historians, especially if planning a visit to Arnhem - listen to it on the way there...
It's a fascinating, well told account of the battle. I thoroughly enjoyed listening.
I have always been interested in this subject since seeing the 'A Bridge too Far' feature film as a child. It's a well balanced telling, taking both sides point of view into account.
I liked his voice and narrating style.
It made me think about the loss of life on both sides.
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