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)
The stories of each man in the group EasyCompany,
is very well told. It tells of the horror of war as well as the comradery of the men. They came from different walks of life, life styles, economic status and education. How they came together through rigorous training, suffering and death. They learned to rely on each other, forming strong bonds of love, gratitude and sacrifice for each other putting their own life on the line for their brother. I owe a huge debt to every soldier, ever. Some gave their lives immediately, some their souls, and others lived with horror for years. It is unthinkable, horrifying to imagine what these basically, teenagers had to see, feel and experience. I know, none of them see themselves as heroes. But heroes they are. ❤️
The book was fantastic and the narrator was spot on. I always love reading about the strength people can find inside themselves during the most extreme times.
I have seen the series and the writers did a good job of making it different enough from the book to enjoy both. Amazing story of courage, bravery, leadership, and humanity.
My only complaint is that the chapters cut off at unnecessary places to keep them around 25 minutes, but I've had many audio books have chapters much longer. Wish they would have just let the audio chapters be as long as the book ones.
I have been a fan of Stephen Ambrose and after registering he had written the book on which the excellent HBO series of the same name had been based, happily purchase this fine book. Thank you, Mr. Ambrose.
The book is amazing and if you have seen the HBO series, it is well worth the listen. However, the narrator has some unnerving pronunciations of people and places that are very familiar to all who know the men and places talked about in this work.
After seeing the HBO series the book took my breath away. Rich in detail and very well narrated by Tim Jerome. I feel a great respect towards these brave men who liberated the place I was born in, Eindhoven along Hell's Highway. Near my house a monument exists honouring the 101st Airborne Division. A trip to Foy visiting the memorial there ans seeing the Bois Jacques I had tears in my eyes. It changed me forever to learn about those to who I owe so much.
I started out by watching the HBO series back in 2000..? or when ever it came out and have watched it since. listening to the book version was a much better experience than watching it...the HBO series was kickass!
A great listen
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Fantastic!!! Better than the HBO miniseries! I really enjoyed the additional details that the miniseries couldn't capture.
I absolutely love this book. The voice performance is very good, although as far as I can tell there were a few mispronunciations. Of course these mispronunciations might be due to an Americanized way of talking. all around this is an amazing book, I've always been a fan of Ambrose, and this just made it even better I recommend this book for anyone interested in World War 2, and also as a starter for anyone looking to learn about what real leadership courage and endurance looks like.
"They were not alone!"
Despite the incredible courage and endurance of the Airborne troops, it may have been gracious for the author to at least give credit to the other troops without whom the Airborne would not have been able to sustain their progress. The narrator should have at least taken the time to learn the correct pronunciation of place names (particularly Dutch towns) and his accent used for 'English' soldiers was ludicrous! Making each one sound as if they were a product of Eton! Infuriatingly, the author refers to 'the English' soldiers/troops rather than 'British'! A common mistake made by Americans!
Overall the story was interesting despite a rather condescending attitude to all non-Airborne combatants.
"We stand alone together"
Remarkable, engrossing, amazing
Richard Winters (a real person, not a character). A model soldier and leader. Had I met the man I would have bought him a pint. I was sad to hear of his death in 2011.
Yes. And it is one of the only books I have read and listened to several times over.
A remarkable true story. It is helpful if you already know a bit about European geography, military vehicles/ weapons and army ranks before you read it.
"Just wonderful. Words can't describe."
The narration was of a good pace, although the consistent mispronounciation of Guarnere and Bastogne annoyed me a little.
"Interesting view of history!"
This is a fascinating account of a group of tightly bonded men fighting their way through WWII. However, in its tight focus on and admiration for Easy group, the author seems to forget that 1. There were other countries fighting as well as Americans and 2. That Britain had suffered a devastating 3 years under attack before America entered the war. The constant sniping about Britain and the British army was really irritating, reaching a startling climax when we realise that the author, along with the GIs whose story he's telling, much preferred the Germans to the British. Not your average view on WWII, but an eye opener all the same.
Would I recommend it? Some fascinating stories, esp about men bonding under extreme pressure, if you can put up with the anti-British comments.
"Beautifully, yet grittily told story."
A wonderful insight into a story of how young men become soldiers, brothers combat and then men after their life's entangle with one another.
I loved & still do this story of war.
Thank you & r.i.p to the fallen.
"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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