When Hitler declared war on the United States, he bet that the young men brought up in the Hitler Youth would outfight the youngsters brought up in the Boy Scouts. Now, in this magnificent retelling of the war's most climactic battle, acclaimed Eisenhower biographer and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose tells how wrong Hitler was. Drawing on hundreds of oral histories as well as never-before-available information from around the world, Ambrose tells the true story of how the Allies broke through Hitler's Atlantic Wall, revealing that the intricate plan for the invasion had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired. Focusing on the 24 hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day brings to life the stories of the men and women who made history - from top Allied and Axis strategic commanders to the citizen soldiers whose heroic initiative saved the day.
Listen to Stephen Ambrose talk about this book on C-SPAN's Booknotes (6/5/94).
©1994 Stephen E. Ambrose, All Rights Reserved; (P)1994 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
If you plan to listen to Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, then i recommend listening to D-Day first. The reason for this is because D-Day is a good overview of the build up and execution of Overlord from a leadership perspective (on both the American and German sides, but mostly American). After listening to this book, you will have a good feel for what the plan is and how it was executed. Then, when listening to one story about a specific group of men, as with Band of Brothers, it will be easier to follow having already listened to D-Day. At least, it was for me. Also, I like Ambrose's 'GI accent', it adds to the atmosphere of the book.
Stephen Ambrose is the man! Nobody can tell a story like he does. The author does a great job bringing these events to life in a way that makes you feel as if you were there. I'm still amazed at the heroics our boys had in Normandy!
Ambrose informs the listerner about the complecties of D-Day and its preperation while inserting real facts that make you laugh. A great listen for a deselite drive in the contry, realy makes your think about your sourndings.
I recomend to all!!
Ambrose classic, huge bonus to have him reading his own work. Ambrose's great storytelling, combined with his extensive interviews of the GI's make this an amazing audio book. This is the only book that he actually reads himself, I personally love his singular voice, and for all Ambrose fans this is a must have. Like so many others I have read the book before, but highly recommend getting the audio anyway no matter how many times you have read the text, it just fun to hear him read this nicely edited excerpt. I know I'll listen to this over the years multiple times.
I couldn't stop listening to this account of an extraordinary day. I found myself sitting in my car in the driveway waiting for the next break in the action.
This is the story of ordinary men who found themselves in an extraordinary situation. The author focuses both on men who did not survive, as well as men who did and some who rose to the challenge and displayed the great American character that has defined our country.
I learned a great deal I did not know about the landing. The story was told in a very un-biased, non-politicized way. The reading is superb.
Anyone with even a passing interest in World War II will find this an absolutely gripping audiobook. It's so alive, so real, so vivid, the personal stories of so many participants in the epic of D-Day will grab hold of you and leave you exhilarated, terrified, breathless.
Having Ambrose narrate himself is a treat. The man's passion for his subject is utterly obvious and contributes mightily to the success of the audio version. I am aware of the controversy surrounding Ambrose in his later years (accusations of plagiarism), but whether or not the accusations are true, they cannot detract from his power as a presenter of history.
His voice is not as strong as I recall it from History Channel presentations a decade or so back, but it is just as passionate, forceful, and humorous. He brings the epic events of D-Day down to such a human level, and makes it all very REAL to those of us comfortably ensconced here in the 21st century.
I couldn't recommend this more highly.
Ambrose's narratives always are attention holding. He starts with spectacular and challenging aspects of the first parachutes into Normandy and gives specifics that enable one to understand the inability of some participants to exercise judgments that would have saved lives and equipment. An example: The landing ship operator that refused to take his ship into shallow water and subsequently emptied trucks into water to deep for them to operate. On the other hand, he offers stories of indivduals who gathered troops to move up draws from the beachhead to the bluffs above the beach--behind the German fixed-placed fortifications. His summary at the end addresses the strengths of the Allied forces (as in leaving tactical decisions to troops on the battlefiedld) and the weaknesses of the German troops: Hitler's insistence in making tactical decisions; the inability of a chain of command to make decisions in battle, and the weakness of depending upon 'impressed troops' from the conquered countries on the Eastern front-most of whom were untrained and many of whom were quick to surrender when confronted by Allied troops.
This is an abridged version of the original--a benefit in that it takes about six hours of listening. This abridgment leads to a focus on one of the beaches: Omaha.
I have not read/listened to other books on the D-Day landings.
As one who frequently gave television interviews, Ambrose's style was engaging. His narration of this book is no less so.
The infantryman's judgment takes the day.
While I appreciated the shorter listening time of the abridged edition, I do wonder what the full edition would have added to my knowledge as I prep for a trip to Normandy's beaches.
This historical account of the men of D-Day will forever stay with me as a time when common men became hero's and etched themselves into the fabric of history. My we never forget the men that so bravely fought for our freedom.
"a MUST 'read' if you're visiting Normandy"
We listened to this on our trip to the D-Day sights of Normandy this summer and it made the trip really come alive. There is a small amount of swearing and my 10 year old probably only caught snippits, but it really makes you want to visit the sites, like Pegasus Bridge and Point-le-Hoc, armed with a powerful sense of what happened there. Stephen Ambrose makes a fantastic tour-guide!
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