Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.
©1994 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
"D-Day is mostly about people, but goes even further in evoking the horror, the endurance, the daring and indeed, the human failings at Omaha Beach... Outstanding." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Packed with drama and information, never losing sight of the horrors of combat, Ambrose's D-Day is the best book yet on what many historians consider to be the most important day of the twentieth century." (San Francisco Chronicle)
This book really exposes the greatness of that generation. I fear to say that if we had such a large issue arise today we would not have the numbers of people who would risk it all to deal with the issue.
I liked the detail of the things that went wrong and how those men dealt with the issues, and drove on to complete their mission.
Jesse Boggs read this story in a way that I really think did justice to Ambrose. It almost made me think that Ambrose was reading it.
The greatest day in history.
I am a lawyer by day and serious amateur photographer all the rest of the time. I read at least 40 unabridged audio books each year by listening at the YMCA and while I drive to and from work.
No. I have been listening to audio books for at least 25 years and I have never listened to a book twice. I'm not going to start now.
I have read a variety of accounts of D-Day including several books but Ambrose was the first to tell the story of the destroyers which followed our soldiers to Omaha Beach and laid down five inch fire using the targets of the few tanks that made it ashore as guides for fire missions. In the Ambrose version, had one destroyer captain not seized the opportunity to move as close to shore as possible and lay down fire on the German gun emplacements our infantry may never have penetrated the shingle, the sea wall and the the German defenses. As a result of that captain's leadership four or five more destroyers fell in behind his ship and lay down covering fire and fire on specific objectives all without the use of one beach to ship radio. All the radio equipment carried on shore by the infantry had died by drowning in the surf. The Navy watched at first in horror and then one man reacted changing the entire situation. One whale of a story.
The Omaha Beach destroyers without doubt.
I don't think I understood just how ill General Teddy Roosevelt was. Ambrose makes him a character more than a great warrior. Nonetheless he walked with his cane all over Utah Beach organizing some and encouraging a lot without regard for enemy fire. As a result Omar Bradley when asked what courage was said, something to the effect, "Courage was Ted Roosevelt on Utah Beach."
I now know something about the Canadian contribution to D-Day.
General Cota's leadership by example.
Shouldn't a reader of a book about WWII in Europe at least try to learn how to pronounce the German names and ranks?
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
While all the facts seam here and Ambrose is a great historian something is missing which would put this in 5 star company. Pickiness aside, this is a remarkable achievement which needs and deserves to be read by all. The mind boggling gargantuan scale and risk of this one shot offensive mission stretches both your imagination and your nerves. The number of men and tanks that went off the landing craft to certain death by drowning in deep water was one of the hardest things to read about. So many suffered and died with a courage that is unimaginable in our time. A fascinating read that redefines our world and all the things we take for granted.
An unbelievably detailed overview of events of the 6th of June 1944. What I find the best thing about this book are the personal stories of the men who were there. Having visited Normandy several times, I really visualize the events by remembering the landing sites I have visited. This book really helped me provide a lot of insight about D-Day.
There are also some things which I find a little disturbing:
- About half the book is about Omaha Beach which I think is way too long.
- The British and Canadian landings do not get the credit they deserve. Only 3 chapters cover these 3 landing beaches.
- The book primarily focusses on the American efforts. Stephen does mention the other Allied forces but the book gives the idea that D-Day was primarily an American effort which is not the case at all.
Still, I plan on reading / listening this book a second time. The amount of information is staggering, too much to remember in one go, al least for me :)
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This is a book over 20 hours long but you could listen to it in one go. It is fantastic. The audible personal histories that a place and the right sections of the book add to the human side of the battle. By the end you know all the beaches, the French towns, the generals and some of the men. You get the overall picture of what happen, why, when and how. The analysis is good and you don't need visual aids to help you with maps, equipment, man power and the like. A well told story, entertaining and interesting. Worth the listen to if only to honour the men who died fighting this battle.Thank god for the yanks, Canadians, Brits and Free French who fought their way into Fortress Europa. Not to forget the non combatants, other nationalities and poor Eastern European conscripts. The story tells it all.
hearing like your hearing them tell it
can't see it as a movie
Hard to follow with out visuals to see where they are talking about
Again, if you want the truth...and the whoooole truth, Ambrose is your guy. While this book doesn't resonate with readers the way Band of Brothers did it's largely because this isn't a story. It's a collection or recollections. It's more like the Bible...you know, the same tale as recalled by various people present at the same set of events.
BoB had a story arch....a beginning, a middle and an end. This book differs in that it focuses largely on the event of D-Day...a single pivotal and horrific event that involves courage, cowardice, cunning, deception, triumph and failure. But not a story. D-Day was part of a story and this book shines a laser-like focus on June 6, 1944.
That said, if you're planning a trip to Normandy (I just went) you simply couldn't do better than using this book as a guide to what really happened on that beach. The personal accounts of the men (and one woman) that survived that terrible day really bring to life the points of interest you will encounter on your trip.
Again, I'm a huge fan of Band of Brothers but I don't believe this book was ever meant to tell a story the way BoB was. This is part biography, part documentary...and all history.
Clear and easy to understand. Like Cotter Smith he can bring Ambrose's amazing tales to life and lend credibility with his intonations.
I found the various histories of the German troops there to be both compelling and fresh.
"D-Day the soldiers view"
Ambrose captured the solider on the ground. Both the chaos and utter horror of that fateful day. Along side the Assault teams, he also shows the struggle in the higher levels of leadership.
For me the most striking aspect was the sheer bravery of men thrust into and life or death struggle. The chaos of the landing, the paralysing fear and the courage to face one's fears deeply humbled me.
Jesse performs a well read book.
Of all my emotions, the most profound is the humbly awareness that these men faced the hell of those beaches to secure the freedom I now enjoy. Thank God for such a generation of men and women.
A book well worth the price.
"Detailed witness account"
I have always been interested in the D Day landings and have visited the beaches and villages that were caught up with the events in June 1944. To hear the accounts and experiences and to know the names of those who took part opens up a completely new layer of fascination and interest. Amazing book - I have listened to it twice already.
A bit biased towards the Americans but good nonetheless. Well researched but could have talked to French and German soldiers as well.
"Harrowing and fascinating"
A brilliant book by Stephen Ambrose that covers the full story of that fateful day. Whilst writing primarily of the American involvement he also gives full detail of the Canadians on Juno Beach and the British on Sword and Gold Beaches. His descriptions of the Airborne and Glider landings for the British and Americans had me reading continuously. The narrator was excellent.
This is a must read for anyone considering visiting the D Day beaches.
"Informative and interesting."
Found this book to be extremely informative and it always maintained my interest. A must read if you want to know a little more about D Day.
The narrator did a good job too.
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