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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest | [Stephen E. Ambrose]

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

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.
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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.

©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Christopher Mansfield, MA, United States 05-22-14
    Christopher Mansfield, MA, United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-22-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "You HAVE to pick the Unabridged version"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 06-26-12
    James Manhattan Beach, CA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent unabridged book, average narration"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Reading, PA, United States 10-06-13
    Brian Reading, PA, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Facts Behind the Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

    I Didn't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The parts left out of the series and the facts that were part of the series


    What about Tim Jerome’s performance did you like?

    Good clear speaking voice that kept me wanting more


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

    Band of Brothers of course


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book about factual events

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Guin, AL, United States 06-02-13
    Earl Guin, AL, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Everyone Needs to Know"
    Where does Band of Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Mount Juliet, TN, United States 02-12-13
    Scott Mount Juliet, TN, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "High Expectations Met"

    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.

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    Jim Wilson San Francisco, CA 10-24-12
    Jim Wilson San Francisco, CA 10-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Son. Brother. Wisconsinite. Optimistic Cubs fan. West Point. Stanford GSB. Working out, travel, and laughter.

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    "D-Day, Market Garden, Bastogne - Amazing!"
    If you could sum up Band of Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    My deepest respect.


    What other book might you compare Band of Brothers to and why?

    We Were Soldiers Once and Young


    Have you listened to any of Tim Jerome’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first book i listened to on Audible.


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

    No - I used it as a commuter book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Lombardy, ON, Canada 06-25-12
    Steve Lombardy, ON, Canada 06-25-12 Member Since 2008
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    "a must for history buffs"

    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.

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    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 05-29-12
    Reed NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic tale of heroism and brotherhood"
    What made the experience of listening to Band of Brothers the most enjoyable?

    Learning about citizen soldiers becoming heroes under horrifying conditions.


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

    The DDay and Bastogne chapters read like a war novel.


    What three words best describe Tim Jerome’s voice?

    Lisp lisp lisp


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

    Yes. Both. A fabulous book.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen

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    "Best Historic WWII Novel Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to Band of Brothers the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent, making transitions between character (I say characters for lack of a better word) perspectives, sequence of events, and the exorbitant amount of information provided by the author feel as if the reader is watching it happen.


    What other book might you compare Band of Brothers to and why?

    There is no other book to compare Band of Brothers to because it is an entity and perhaps genre all it's own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's really hard to choose a favorite, but I guess I would have to say the Battle of the Bulge with Winters leading the unexpected and unplanned attack against the Germans as they (the Germans) tried to make a sneak attack on the Allied forces.


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

    It made me proud! Extremely proud to be an American!


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to everyone no matter what their literary preference is! It is important to know and recognize these historic battles that have preserved freedom for us and the world!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Mel
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    12/24/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • frank
    Isle of Anglesey
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    "As good as it gets"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

    No


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Tim Jerome’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great audio book (less the comments on the British) and finished in record time - really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    ROADE, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "Enlightening"
    What did you like most about Band of Brothers?

    It was down to earth.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Jerome – was your favourite?

    Winters.


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

    Almost.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    11/15/13
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    "Just wow"
    What made the experience of listening to Band of Brothers the most enjoyable?

    The fact that this was is a real life account of WW2 makes it pretty special


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour, the wit has an awesome charm in the face of such devastating sadness


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

    The last chapter was amazing, made me want to make the most of my life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • AS
    Thetford, United Kingdom
    4/18/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    St Albans, United Kingdom
    4/10/13
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    "Fascinating story!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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