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Band of Brothers | [Stephen E. Ambrose]

Band of Brothers

In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company.
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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1942, a band of citizen soldiers were brought together by the desire to be better than the other guy. At its peak, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 through Utah Beach, Market-Garden, the Bulge, and Hitler's Eagle's Nest, WWII historian Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and the men of Easy Company kept getting the tough assignments, from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to capturing Hitler's Bavarian outpost.

©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose, All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An incredible trek, and Ambrose brilliantly illuminates every mile of it." (The Tampa Tribune)

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    "a must read for any WWII buff."

    I look into the hardship and sacrifice these men gave and endured for each other

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    David 03-29-15
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    "Humbling"

    The courage and commitment of our military is overwhelming and appreciated. God bless them all for preserving our way of life.

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    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 03-04-13
    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Read the Unabridged Version"

    This is an excellent story that spawned the HBO miniseries (also excellent). But, LISTEN TO THE UNABRIDGED VERSION. That wasn't available when I downloaded this many moons ago.

    I recently re-listened to this and I was confused by the HUGE chunks of the story that were removed from this version. There is no reason whatsoever to go with this version. We're talking about a relatively short book anyway folks.

    So, nothing to see here. Just move along to the unabridged audiobook. Off you go now.

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    Deric Bell Idaho, USA 10-17-12
    Deric Bell Idaho, USA 10-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Written for younger audiences but......"
    If you could sum up Band of Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    Colorful storytelling that makes you never want to push pause.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Band of Brothers?

    When "E" company was cut off in the Arden forest in Germany.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description and storytelling of D-Day.


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

    Every time!!


    Any additional comments?

    You'll fall in love in love and empathize with "E" Company

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    Erik Stavanger, Norway 01-09-12
    Erik Stavanger, Norway 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great addition to the series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but it is better than the Kindle version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You get to follow some of if not the best soldiers of WWII from training through Normadie and all the way to the Eagle's Nest.


    What about Cotter Smith’s performance did you like?

    It is hard to find fifteen words to answer with. He read it very well.


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

    Again I must fill the space of fifteen words before giving my two: not really.


    Any additional comments?

    One two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen. Not really.

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    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 01-05-12
    John TEGA CAY, SC, United States 01-05-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Loved It!"
    What did you love best about Band of Brothers?

    I’ve seen the HBO series and was curious about the book, the book was more direct on the battle scenes but was descriptive enough to hold your interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Cotter Smith’s performance did you like?

    Cotter Smith did a great !


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

    I listened while on a long drive in one sitting, captivating.


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    Jimmy Herndon 08-08-10
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    "Great book for road trip"

    This is band of brothers..that alone makes it worth listening too. The narrator's voice is right on, it makes it so easy to listen too and "fits" the subject matter. I have had other books where the narrator didnt sound like he was the guy or girl performing the action or that he was there. This leaves the impression that the narrator was there with the soldiers. I really enjoyed this book while driving from Atlanta to Tallahassee FL. Thanks!

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    John Killen, AL, United States 02-24-10
    John Killen, AL, United States 02-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent story"

    This is an excellent story! Stephen Ambrose makes the reader, or listener in this case, feel like they are actually one of these men. You feel all the tragedy, the fog of war, the heartbeat pounding in your ears as you run with Easy company across a field of fire. Amazing men at a terrible time in world history. This would have gotten 5 stars from me, but the narrator lacked a bit of enthusiasm in reading. I listened to this at the gym and found myself unable to turn it off after my workouts! If you've seen the HBO series, then you have to read or hear the book. It really makes the whole experience come to life.

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    Gary 09-18-09
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    "Where is the unabridged version?"

    Great read, great listen, just disappointed there is no unabridged version. Cannot give 5 stars on an abridged version.

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    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 07-12-09
    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 07-12-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Good listen"

    I loved the TV series, and this is another look at the same group of men from the series. A little more detail here and there than the show had. If you liked the show you'll like this. Only thing I didn't like is that it is a little short.

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