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The Guns at Last Light Audiobook

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

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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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    Dusty Tacoma WA 09-22-13
    Dusty Tacoma WA 09-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The last of a trilogy about WWII in Europe"
    Would you listen to The Guns at Last Light again? Why?

    The story is written in a cogent manner that takes the reader (listener) through conflict of WWII in Europe while describing the broad strokes of the conflict and including details of soldiers at the personal level. The narrator does a good job of capturing the listener's attention.


    What other book might you compare The Guns at Last Light to and why?

    The author's previous two book on WWII in the European theater are equally well written and narrated. This trilogy places WWII in Europe in an accurate and complete historical account.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    Ganser is talented at subtly changing his voice and inflection to capture quotes and characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is engaging -- it makes my commute enlightening and entraining.


    Any additional comments?

    Must buy along with the previous two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Go Vols! 07-24-13
    Go Vols! 07-24-13 Member Since 2012
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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
    Chad 07-19-13
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    "Full of Info"
    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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    az-joe 06-30-16
    az-joe 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "stunning"

    I feel that somehow this trilogy needs to be read/listened to by every one who proclaims to be patriotic. what this great generation of americans did words are incapable of describing. I'm humbled and so proud to be a son of one of these heros an enlisted American marine.

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    Terni Paolo Milan, Italy; Sacramento, California, USA 06-25-16
    Terni Paolo Milan, Italy; Sacramento, California, USA 06-25-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book, great production"

    I read the book in hard back, and wanted to go over it again while doing chores - so no doubt about the excellent content.
    Was really impressed by the actor, it gave pathos to the. Book, including, when necessary, sentences with German or French accents.
    One way to honor the dead is to keep their memory alive and this book serves the greatest generation well in that regard.

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    Alexander 06-01-16
    Alexander 06-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story"

    A long but detailed account of the European Struggle to shake lose Nazi control but also insight into the Multinational leadership struggle that constantly hindered combined military operations.

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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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    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
    Brad 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Ken Alford 01-09-16
    Ken Alford 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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