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Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 | [Mark Zuehlke]

Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among them were 14,500 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a dangerously exposed beach. Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the critical Allied battle of World War II.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, written by prolific military historian Mark Zuehlke, recreates June 6, 1944, from start to finish in impressive detail. The retelling of this iconic day in history is incredibly well-researched, informed by both historical records and comprehensive veteran accounts. World War II buffs will find the harrowing personal stories in Juno Beach particularly compelling. American actor and voice-artist Steve Kehela gives a dramatic performance. His strong and clear voice suits this audiobook's tone precisely. His skilled pacing makes this 14-hour military tome approachable for even the armchair historian.

Publisher's Summary

On June 6, 1944, the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among them were 14,500 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a dangerously exposed beach.

Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the critical Allied battle of World War II.

©2005 Mark Zuehlke (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-22-12
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well done book, narration annoying"

    This is a Canadian telling of the Normandy landings. Overall, well done. The narrator has a problem distinguishing the plural form of abbreviations. So he talks about an LCA (Landing Craft Assault) and when he sees LCAs, he doesn't see that as the plural form of LCA. He reads it as L C A S. It was confusing as I had to catch on that he wasn't talking about someting different. (I had never heard of an LCIS, but I knew what an LCI was.) He also makes some other mistakes like referring to Drop Zone 5, when it's supposed to be the letter V, but he refers to V Corps instead of 5 Corps. If the narration hadn't had these ongoing annoyances this could have been a 5 star book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hitmankf 04-17-12
    Hitmankf 04-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good book Terrible narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes for someone who is interested in Canadian history.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Get a new narrator, one who has some idea about Canada and has some idea on French and German pronunciation.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Get a new narrator, one who has some idea about Canada and has some idea on French and German pronunciation.


    Did Juno Beach inspire you to do anything?

    Read more Canadian history.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    02-25-12
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    "History Little Known..."

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I found the stories written from a first person's experience to be interesting. Although there were often mis pronunciations, the story was still compelling.

    Canada is famous for being a steadfast ally but little is written about the important role played during D Day. I'm very glad the Canadian soldier's story and sacrifices has finally been told.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    theinglebaby23 RIDGEFIELD, WA, United States 03-24-13
    theinglebaby23 RIDGEFIELD, WA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting and unfamiliar side to the d-day story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's similar to the common narrative we frequently read, but gives us the perspective of the "other end" of the Normandy beaches. So if you are into the Normandy story, this is a great addition.


    What three words best describe Steve Kehela’s performance?

    Bad. Reads like he's half computer. Absolutely horrible German pronunciation - something you'd think they'd screen before narrating a WWII book. Doesn't detract for the story however.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Louisville, KY, United States 02-19-12
    Michael Louisville, KY, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Juno Beach?

    The narration is mechanical, stilted, and rife with mispronunciations - especially with respect to German or French names or terms. I hope this is not the case, but it sounds to me like the narrator did not read the book in advance or do any preparation. Listen to the book to get a different perspective - a Canadian perspective - and not a British, American, or German one - but be prepared to have to suffer through the narration and a writing style that could have used better editing.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Zuehlke’s story?

    I suppose it's necessary to tell readers the back story about the run up to D-Day, but the story as told by Zuehlke contains very little new facts and so, if one does know the history, is a rather boring start. I also disliked the insistence on using the abbreviations for the types of boats, or the full name of officers, etc. The first time it's


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Kehela?

    Someone like Robertson Dean - an expressive voice, who can also separate out narration from quotes. And who clearly does his homework in advance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Revealing the Canadian experience was important. It did add to my understanding of the battle and the perspective, though poorly delivered, was valuable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 04-17-14
    Philip 04-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The WORST narrator ever"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book might be good for someone who doesn't know or doesn't care at all about the correct pronunciation of places, names, units, acronyms, or even English words.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Clearly this narrator has no understanding of Canadian military history. And nobody bothered to do any production work to ensure an appropriate standard in the quality of the narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Juno Beach?

    No scenes, just the editor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Painful to listen to"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it grated on my ears.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was the most interesting aspect, the reader the most irritating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steve Kehela’s performances?

    No chance


    Did Juno Beach inspire you to do anything?

    Not get any more of Steve Kehela's recordings


    Any additional comments?

    If someone is going to read a book about a specialized subject (the Military and foreign geography and names) they should at least find out how to correctly pronounce the (military) terms and the foreign place names correctly before recording the reading. It is painful to listen to.

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  • paul
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    "Juno Beach"

    Mark Zuehlke has produced a very well researched and well written book, which deserves great praise and has increased our knowledge of the events of D Day.
    My main issue with the product is that he detailed research has been badly let down by annoying and unnecessary mistakes in the narration. I will cite one example of this the Canadian Parachute Brigade landed on Drop Zone V not Drop Zone 5, the production supervisor clearly had no background knowledge of the subject matter, A word of advice for those producing audio books please get a producer who is familiar with the subject and can avoid these stupid errors which will annoy listeners who have some knowledge of the subject and also mislead those new to the subject.
    Great writer poor audio production control

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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