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Band of Brothers Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    James P. McHugh 08-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story of heroism and valor"

    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.

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    Gregory S. 08-22-16
    Gregory S. 08-22-16
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    "Powerful and Inspirational"

    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.

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    jx62xb 08-18-16
    jx62xb 08-18-16
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    "Highly recommend"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Megan 07-30-16
    Megan 07-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A terrific account of men who fought the Second World War"

    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.

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    Wyatt 07-19-16
    Wyatt 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "We Few"

    Excellent book! I've seen the series first and to think that I probably should have read the book first.

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    ryan j diamond 06-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about true heroism and leadership in combat, truly worth it!

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    Firstsister9 06-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Heroes In The Depths Of Hell"

    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. ❤️

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    Jon Utah, USA 06-09-16
    Jon Utah, USA 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Full of compelling human stories"

    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.

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    downtowndad 06-03-16
    downtowndad 06-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding story, different from the series"

    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.

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    Autodidact New York 05-30-16
    Autodidact New York 05-30-16 Member Since 2008

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    "brillant..moving story of the last honorable war"

    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.

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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.

    4 of 5 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • a steele
    10/2/15
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    "Men at their best in the worst of conditions"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Band of Brothers to be better than the print version?

    yes Tim Jerome gave the account life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it


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

    All of them except the British accents, I am British and do not know anyone who speaks
    with Tims idea of a British accent.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great account of men at war, but one is left with the feeling that the American
    soldier had no equal.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iain Joynson
    6/10/16
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    "good read"

    loved this book. better than the TV show much more content. and little stories that were now in the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    5/31/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian gibb
    5/30/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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