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)
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
Great history and an important tale. The story never lags and you can really get into the personalities of the men. I really enjoyed this book.
I hate to dock the narrator as I think it's quite competent work, but I had a hard time with the different pronunciations of the names based upon numerous other books and documentary videos I'd heard or seen. The inflection and sound general voice work was good - just not great. I'm going with 3 stars - which is, in my judgement, "good".
This is a very well known book, much discussed and covered. I really enjoyed the book and came in with rather high expectations for the audio version.
The story line is excellent and the overall performance of the speaker was satisfactory. What stopped this from getting 5 stars across the board was the readers horrendous pronunciation of the soldiers names. It would have expected the reader to do his research on how to pronounce "Toye" as "Toy" and not pronounce the last vowel. Further, wild Bill "Guarnere" is pronounced "gar-near" and not "guar-near-e" are two of the most glaring annoyances. Especially after watching the series and numerous interviews.
The HBO series is awesome, but this books goes way beyond awesome. There is just a sense of the humanity of these soldiers that come out so clearly in this book. The performance in Audible takes this from the pages to real life.
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
Great book and reading. Moves incredibly fast and very thought provoking. It's amazing to consider how much combat they experienced in just a year.
Stephen Ambrose captures the heroism of these brave men. They deserve all the glory and recognition given to them. Most of Europe would be speaking German today if it weren't for sacrifice of so many American soldiers.
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.
This is a great history book that tells a story that I feel should be heard by most Americans at least once in their life. That being said, I'm not sure if this is the story's best format and it didn't quite match my expectations.
I had listened to the audio book of The Pacific some time ago, which was written be this author's son as a follow up to this book, and, perhaps wrongly, I expected this book to carry the same personal style and emotional weight as its successor. While I found Band of Brothers to be a great listen, I found myself a little disappointed with the straight forward narrative that seemed to be lacking in personal touch when compared with The Pacific book or the Band of Brothers HBO miniseries. Of course, in my opinion, those are really high marks to reach for, and I don't mean to make this great book sound mediocre. This is a fantastic book, but it doesn't seem to quite measure up to the greater works associated with it, in my opinion.
All this said, If you are interested in WWII accounts and have NOT read or listened to this, you need to. Its one of the best out there. I also recommend "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends" if you want a much more personal account of E Company in World War II.
too many facts with little opportunity to "get to know the characters"
I was surprised that the men kept in touch for the rest of their lives
Ye sit would make a better ,movie than a book. It should feature typical rough and rugged types of people, not hollywood pretty faces.
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