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)
For me this was my first "jump" into audio books and I loved it this book is a great companion to the HBO tv series or just to someone who is interested in history the narrator was fun and held my interest and the writing was fantastic.
It's rather long so I don't know if I would listen to it all again (at least not anytime soon) but it was a wonderful listen!
I have always been fascinated with WWII and after watching the mini series I knew that I wanted more. The relationship between the men in this story is beautiful. The book paints the war in a human way that encourages understanding.
I watched the Band of Brothers TV series a few years back and was amazed at the determination and valor of these men. This book, as mast often do, provided a great more background and detail to the trials, tribulations and lives of these heroes. I highly recommend this book.
I Love this book. I had seen countless times, the series on HBO, but this book is much more in depth. So much so, the dick winters as become a true inspiration and mentor to me. Of all his personal attributes, it is his discipline that is truly unique. I must read for not only history or World War II buff, but anyone looking for improvement in management or leadership.
Like me, you surely are familiar with many of the names and courageous actions made by the men of Easy Company. There are accounts in this book that didn't make it to the HBO series and, for me, the unknown was enough to generate interest.
This is a rich, compelling story that is equal parts emotional, inspiring and impossible to leave incomplete.
The narration is superb but the narrative itself stands alone. The heroes in this book leave a legacy that must be passed on to our children and grandchildren.
I have read this book multiple times and listened to it on tape. It's simply amazing. You will be in awe of what those men did and accomplished.
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.
"Excellent, apart from the English accents"
I found this book to be excellent in content. It contains quite a bit more detail than the HBO series. What was disappointing, though, was the English accents. The narrator puts on a hammy, camp voice like Leslie Phillips, which sounds utterly farcical at best, and, at worst, disrespectful to the brave souls depicted. A real shame as the reading is otherwise great.
"Real heroes "
Incredible story from start to finish. I loved the TV series and have watched it many times, this is the 1st time I have listened to the book and loved it. The bond between these men is unbreakable and the faith and trust in the man beside them in the worst conditions a person can imagine is unbelievable.
Legend or hero is used too much these days about people but these men are exactly that.
"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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