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A Bridge Too Far | [Cornelius Ryan]

A Bridge Too Far

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, Ryan brings to life one of the most ill-fated operations of the war.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1974 Cornelius Ryan (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Greg Lacey, WA, USA 03-25-13
    Greg Lacey, WA, USA 03-25-13 Member Since 2001
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal narratvies and stories of the survivors adds a great deal to the story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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


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

    Great learning exerience


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    G. Swanson los angeles 11-22-13
    G. Swanson los angeles 11-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible Narration, Great Book"
    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Terrible


    Any additional comments?

    It's like watching a bad British Film Strip. Monotone and lack of any entertainment value in the reading. The book is great

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-16-12
    Charles LYNDON STATION, WISCONSIN, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Bridge to Far."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    colin o,neill north richmond, n.s.w., AU 10-29-12
    colin o,neill north richmond, n.s.w., AU 10-29-12
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    "very accurate and unbiased history"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Bridge Too Far to and why?

    Tobruk, Kokoda by Peter Fitsimmons>
    Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman
    They bring military historyto the people


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The art of tragedy


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 07-27-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the few comprehensive views"

    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.

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    Michael woodbridge, VA, United States 07-26-12
    Michael woodbridge, VA, United States 07-26-12

    I am here.

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    "Great story much better than the movie"
    Where does A Bridge Too Far rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sydney, Australia 03-31-14
    Michael Sydney, Australia 03-31-14 Member Since 2007

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "Listen to the book, watch the movie"

    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.

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    What did you like most about A Bridge Too Far?

    Easy to follow, with a unique insight into a story that even now we find fascinating.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Bridge Too Far?

    1st Airborne’s plight in Arnhem - magnificent.


    What does Clive Chafer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    easy to listen to and captures the moments perfectly


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Proud to be British!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daz
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    "Classic WW2"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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