©1982 Sir John Keegan; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
This was a great book, but you've got to be a real WWII addict to enjoy. Mr. Keegan covers D-Day from the large strategic picture down to the first-person description of the battle. It is a very detailed work. His use of place names and details made it a difficult listen in some areas unless you were looking at a map of Normandy. Overall, however, I really enjoyed it and will probably pick up the hardcover for my WWII collection.
Enjoying the book very much except that it sounds like someone is talking in the background, some kind of compression artifact?
I really enjoyed this book. It was similar to Stephen Ambrose books in that facts of the war are given, but supplemented with first hand accounts which help to personalize the events. Very interesting perspectives from American, British, German, Canadian, Russian. and Polish units. I liked hearing about the other beaches at Normandy attacked by the British and Canadians. The book covers D-Day to the end of the Atlantic campaign.
This was one of the first downloads that i experienced "feedback" or noises from poor recording, however. More noticeable since I was using headphones.
There is so much detail, especially on the names and locations of the units involved what I wished a better knowldge of French geography. I did enjoy when he broke off to tell the history of a countries involvement or the political situation that lead them to this point. I found the description of how Paris was eventually taken very interesting. Over all I think it was worth the time and certainly gave me a much firmer understanding of the landings.
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This book is among the top books I have listened to or read on Normandy. I have a Masters in Military Art and Science and the Normandy campaign was one of the focuses of my A+ comprehensive oral exams. This book is full of well-researched input that usually gets missed in the telling of the Normandy story. I'd recommend it for scholars, history buffs, and the casual listener as well.
I enjoyed this book, it was very interesting, and I will probably listen to it again.
The best thing about the story was the wealth of intriguing details.
The three words that would best describe Fred Williams' performance would be "Get someone else." Williams has an irritating tendency to mispronounce ordinary words, such as "khaki" and "combatants."
Because of the way the information the Normandy invasion was organized, this is not a book for those who are new to WWII history.
I will confess to being a Keegan fan. The information presented is interesting and presents the complexity of war both for individuals and countries. I will listen to this again.
A great book and very well narrated. Mr. Keegan covers the background and the details of the battle of Normandy from pre D-Day through the liberation of Paris from the large strategic perspective down to the first-person descriptions of the individual battles. While it is at times very detailed, the continuity flows extremely well. A detailed map of Normandy would be helpful. A classic of WW II history. . .
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