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The Guns at Last Light Audiobook

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows.
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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly awaited final volume in Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson's New York Times best-selling Liberation Trilogy.

It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich - all these historic moments come utterly alive. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at all levels, from presidents and prime ministers to ambitious generals, from war-weary lieutenants to terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the awe-inspiring effort that led to Germany's surrender.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson's remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that restored freedom to the West. His lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front's final phase.

©2013 Rich Atkinson (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson’s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements—from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble—and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings." (Smithsonian Magazine)

"Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson’s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Go Vols! 07-24-13
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    "Super book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    Attention to the personalities of the leaders and the clashes between them and how soldiers died because of their leaders stupidity.


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    Chad 07-19-13
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    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    The expanse of military politics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favs - it is non-fiction.


    What didn’t you like about L. J. Ganser’s performance?

    His flourish in pronouncing non-English place names and other nouns in (what I assume to be) native accents begins to grate on the listener....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Longest Book.


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    Constance C. 04-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Last of the Trilogy"

    Excellent, comprehensive overview of
    WW II. Highly recommend to anyone who has or has not knowledge of what part the Allies, and especially the role the Americans played in the North Africa and European war. Good narration on the last book, excellent on the first two books.

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    Thomas Pearland, TX USA 04-20-16
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    "Excellent book. Mediocre narration."

    The narrator, who was good in every other respect, ruined this book for me with his constant mispronunciation of European place names or the names of some of the key generals. Honestly, if you don't do any research as a narrator, don't be a narrator. Funny enough, he did fine with the German names, but his butchery of Dutch, Flemish, and French still irks me a week after finishing this brilliant book.

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    ryan j diamond 04-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Read!"

    The book to me was very factual and informative, I learned a lot of things that I had previously not been aware of, awesome book!

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    Brad 04-06-16
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    "Outstanding Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you only read one book about the final year of the European war..make it this one. I felt as if I were there..literally.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Guns at Last Light?

    Every page took me to the next. Could not put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    Rick Atkinson is a superb author..in the same class as Ian Toll and Robert Mrazek..absolutely superb...

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    UtahFeedback 01-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen to the entire trilogy!"

    A truly outstanding book. Highly recommended -- together with the two other books in this excellent trilogy by Rick Atkinson.

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    Rob 01-01-16
    Rob 01-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "history made enjoyable"

    well received end of the trilogy all 3 were knowledgeable well written and preformed nicely

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    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA 08-10-15
    Amazon Customer Irvine, CA 08-10-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Remarkable Storyteller"

    Multifaceted recantation of the events associated with the epic final March into Germany. The story is finely told from multiple perspectives, yielding a holistic account of the experience.

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    James SUGAR LAND, TX, United States 06-26-15
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    "An honest accounting of WW2 in Western Europe"

    This book is very well written and pulls no punches on the truth of war.

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