Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualities and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tell the stories - often in the men's own words - of these American hereoes.
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"A first-class explanation of what crack infantry troops are like....Addicts of military history will relish its finely detailed account.....Stephen Ambrose's thorough research and clear organization have produced a highly readable account of the heroic service of this "band of brothers" he so unstintedly admires." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"As a member of just such a unit...I am impressed by how well Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A valuable and fascinating record....In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them." (The Times-Picayune)
Like most, I've seen the HBO series "Band of Brothers". I also wanted to go deeper into the story so I purchased the e-book as well as the audible version. I recently finished the book and have a new appreciation for the Greatest Generation. They truly deserve that name by the sacrifices they made to help make this country what it is today. The audio version of this book is excellent and the narrator does a terrific job. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and others on the topic!
Well told story of amazing men. Well done narration. Only better book by Ambrose is Pegasus Bridge which I haven't see as an audio book. These are such great men. Read this one first and then there are so many others that have come out since focused on individuals. There is so much great literature on Easy Company. This is the place to start.
Son. Brother. Wisconsinite. Optimistic Cubs fan. West Point. Stanford GSB. Working out, travel, and laughter.
My deepest respect.
We Were Soldiers Once and Young
This was the first book i listened to on Audible.
No - I used it as a commuter book.
I appreciated this audiobook, even after seeing the HBO miniseries and listening to the abridged version of the audiobook. This unabridged version has quite a bit of additional detail that I had not heard (or seen) previously, and I enjoyed hearing the story over again. Tim Jerome's narration is competent though, to my ear, it was not as good as Cotter Smith's reading of the abridged version or as good as George Wilson's reading of Citizen Solders.
I Didn't read the print version
The parts left out of the series and the facts that were part of the series
Good clear speaking voice that kept me wanting more
Band of Brothers of course
Wonderful book about factual events
All American's need to be aware of the great sacrifices that the generations of these men gave for the freedoms that we take for granted daily. Stephen Ambrose is one of our countries greatest historians.
I've read this book several times and enjoyed the HBO series, so my expectations were quite high with this audiobook. Do not be put off by reviews that are dismissive of the narration. Tim Jerome's sober narration is entirely appropriate for this powerful work of nonfiction.
one of the best history writers of our time.... gripping
I listen to audio books on my hour commute each way to work. many times I have sat in my driveway unable to turn off the car.
Learning about citizen soldiers becoming heroes under horrifying conditions.
The DDay and Bastogne chapters read like a war novel.
Lisp lisp lisp
Yes. Both. A fabulous book.
Worth the listen
Moving, heartbreaking, inspiring.
Major Winters - read or listen to the book, it speaks for itself.
Unfortunately the narrator gave a fairly poor performance. While I can tell his heart was in it, he constantly mispronounced the names of characters and couldn't seem to decide on how he'd like to pronounce towns like Bastogne or Foy (flip-flopping between "Fwah" and "Foy") - minor complaints but they occur often enough to become annoying. By the way - Wild Bill's last name is pronounced "Gar-near" (or "Gwar-near" depending on how much of an accent you personally have), not "Gon-yare-eh." Never "Gon-yare-eh." Also, the narrator has a small but noticible speech impediment not unlike a lisp. Not a big problem, but if you focus on his voice too closely it can definitely detract from the book's material.
"Watch the HBO series that exists."
This book should be required reading for anyone interested in the U.S. paratroopers/airborne/military operations in Europe during WWII.
"A poignant story of heroism"
I came to the original story of Easy Company after watching the HBO TV miniseries of the same name. This audiobook has been an absolute favourite of mine and I have listened to it at least once a year ever since first downloading it. I find it particularly poignant to listen to this audiobook around Christmas mainly because I like to relate to their time in Bastogne during Christmas 1944 in some small way.
The story is very US-centric as it should be given the company it it follows, but underneath it all is the idea of voluntary sacrifice for a larger cause. There's also the dichotomy of belonging to the forces where the most hated person to command them was also their biggest asset in terms of bringing them together as a unit. Then there is the dichotomy of war where US E Company soldiers found that it was the Germans that they most related to in terms of their civil values.
It's a gripping story of morals, courage, heroism and sacrificie that sounds cliched until you listen to their story.
"As good as it gets"
The building of a cohesive unit and the value placed on training and preperation prior to battle.
Sick to death of the American ‘limey bashing) i am sure if 1 - 6 Airborne had the amount of time to train as E Coy had they I think we would be writing about them (and perhaps should be). You need only to look at the recruits that came after to prove this and this is the same for all organisations under pressure.
Winters sounds to me like an outstanding indivicual - I have had the pleasure of meeting a few and would follow them to the end of the world.
Great audio book (less the comments on the British) and finished in record time - really enjoyed it.
It was down to earth.
Being of the generation that brought up to believe the Americans were bit players in World War 2, I found this book to very informative and enlightening.
The fact that this was is a real life account of WW2 makes it pretty special
The humour, the wit has an awesome charm in the face of such devastating sadness
The last chapter was amazing, made me want to make the most of my life.
"Excellent and in depth a must have"
If you enjoyed watching the tv mini series you'll love this. The book is very well narrated to the point where you want more. It felt as though you were there but through the eyes of an observer. Compelling listening. Well written by Stephen Ambrose.
I enjoyed it so much i wanted more so i listened to 'Beyond Band of Brothers' by Dick Winters his personal memoires of the war. Highly recommended.
Great read! Moves along really quickly and gets across the comaraderie that existed between the men of Easy company. Highly recommend this story - you can completely understand why it was turned into a TV series.
"Fantastic, could not stop listening."
No, however it is a superb and compliments the print version.
Most of the book is memorable. I enjoyed the jump into Holland and the build up to D Day.
For me Winters stands out. However Tim brings all the personalities to life.
As in the TV series, Band of Brothers.
If you have watched the TV series I urge you to listen or read this book. There is far more stories, dialogue and events to enjoy. The TV series only covered a small percent of the story that is Easy Company.
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