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Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 | [Max Hastings]

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944

The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle.
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Publisher's Summary

With an introduction read by Max Hastings. The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe.

Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle for Normandy. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, was born in 1945. He was a scholar at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, before working as foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television, reporting from over 50 countries. He was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly for his dispatches from the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.

©1984 Max Hastings (P)2014 Audible Studios

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    Robert Yuan 12-19-14
    Robert Yuan 12-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a big fan of Max Hastings and consider myself very knowledgeable regarding the events of World War II. In retrospect, I must confess that I was not as prepared going into this book as I should have been -- if properly forewarned. Mr Hastings assumes that listener/reader is familiar with the Normandy Campaign. In a very detailed history, he tangentially refers to the development of the campaign only in order to ground his descriptions and analysis of leaders, decisions, and vignettes.


    Did Overlord inspire you to do anything?

    Get a fundamental understanding of the Normandy Campaign before revisiting this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable for the listener/reader who is already familiar with the campaign and seeks details.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    lrjanzen 11-17-14
    lrjanzen 11-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good read about the Normandy campaign"
    Would you listen to Overlord again? Why?

    yes. Excellent narrator and a pretty good history.


    Any additional comments?

    The usual complaint with Audible's history books. No supporting pdf file with the maps and images.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deann Pasadena, CA, USA 07-13-15
    Deann Pasadena, CA, USA 07-13-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Good detailed history, but annoying accents"
    Did Barnaby Edwards do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Barnaby Edwards did differentiate all the characters, but I found his exaggerated American accents very annoying and found that distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James F. Ireland 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Overlord to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not Sure


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very Much


    Could you see Overlord being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    With no prejudice; not a fan of Old English for reading. Difficult (for me) to apply emotion to the characters in story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Eddie
    10/5/14
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    "Max Hastings is a credit to history"
    If you could sum up Overlord in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, horrifying, brilliant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Max Hastings brings to life what happened on those terrible days in Normandy. A very informative book on D Day and after. A book I just kept on reading to the end.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • david
    1/20/15
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    "A fantastic account."

    A fascinating account of the turning point of the Second World War. Gripping and shocking in equal measure. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    7/22/15
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    "Interesting"

    A very interesting listen for anyone interested in learning more about the Normandy Landings and the resulting liberation of Europe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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    "SEVENTY YEARS ON WE CAN SEE MORE CLEARLY"
    What made the experience of listening to Overlord the most enjoyable?

    The author's complete mastery of his material, and his ability seamlessly to blend accounts of grand strategy, tactics, the hundreds of small scale engagements that go to make up a battle like this, with personal anecdotage from both sides. It is impossible for a book or a film to recreate the experience of war, but this one comes as near to doing it as anything else I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I relished most about the story was the unflinching way it faced unpleasant facts: incompetent commanders, cowardly officers, men being urged into battle at gunpoint, mistakes that cost lives and war crimes committed by soldiers driven past normal rationalism by the hideousness of war. As George Orwell remarked, autobiography is only to be trusted if it reveals something disgraceful: the same is true of history, and on this showing this is a thoroughly truthful book.


    Have you listened to any of Barnaby Edwards’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Not that I am aware: but the power of Hastings's writing was very well served by this narrator. His level, well modulated and well proportioned reading added greatly to the book's impact. The truly dreadful thing about war is that it eventually makes the horrific seem everyday, and Mr Edwards's reading helped to emphasise that fact.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, for the simple reason that to do so would have been emotionally overwhelming. I listened to the account of the battle the way it was fought, day by day.


    Any additional comments?

    Everything I know about Max Hastings suggests that if I met him I would find him a very difficult man indeed to like. Nonetheless, in his own field as a military historian, there are very few to touch him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danielle
    6/28/15
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    "Liked it"

    Good book enjoyed very much. Anyone with even a slight interest will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ronan
    6/6/15
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    "Excellent unbiased account of Overlord"

    Great audiobook. Well read. It would be great if you could include a PDFs of the campaign maps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STAINES, United Kingdom
    5/21/15
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    "A True Masterpiece"

    For anyone with even a passing interest in military history and especially World War 2 this is a must have in their library. From a truly remarkable historian who has written numerous well rounded and informative narrative this look at one of the pivotal moments of WW2 is fantastic.

    With a well balanced look from both an Axis and Allies viewpoint the book is raised to the highest heights possible by the narration of Barnaby Edwards. With an easy to listen to voice and the ability to keep me engaged on a long drive without losing focus only adds to this great piece of historical writing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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