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The Longest Day Audiobook

The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

>The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.
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Publisher's Summary

The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy....

The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.

This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.

©1959 Cornelius Ryan; 1987 by Kathryn Morgan Ryan, Victoria Ryan Baida, and Geoffrey J. M. Ryan (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“What I write about is not war but the courage of man.” (Cornelius Ryan)

“Fifty years from now, the history of D-day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.” (New York Times Book Review)

“A dramatic, moving masterpiece, a living memorial to the men who died, and as suspenseful as the most gripping mystery story.” (Chicago Sunday Tribune)

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    pratalife Singapore 07-22-12
    pratalife Singapore 07-22-12 Member Since 2016

    imho - ymmv

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    "Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it"
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    Have you seen the movie? They make such a prominent statement in the opening credits that it is "based on the book by Cornelius Ryan" that I've always had a mind to read it.

    After all, while the story is epic, the movie just "tries too hard" in parts. Isn't the breaching of Fortress Europe enough of a plot? No! Movie-goers also need a schmaltzy love story too. Surely the book can't be that contrived?

    The good news is that it is not. It shares the "tell a story through a mosaic of slice-of-life vignettes" approach, yet does it with compelling integrity. It is gritty and unrelenting; sometimes poignant, but always authentic. The book's most rewarding and fascinating aspect is how it shows in rich detail the diverse impact of action and inaction, decision and indecision - and often just plain luck - in the final outcome of the day.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 03-18-12
    Mary United States 03-18-12
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    "Horrendous narration makes it impossible to listen"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narration.


    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    Every sentence dragged on with the exact same rhythm. How can you make such
    interesting material so impossible to bear????


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the saddest disappointments I have ever experienced on Audible.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    mr kieran j murphy 03-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "a different take"

    This book gives a different take on the d day landings. Using interviews and letter etc it tells the story from the thoughts and feelings of those involved. A very good listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Bligh Park, Australia 05-09-13
    Tim Bligh Park, Australia 05-09-13
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    "OMG....kill me now....."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    NEVER!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not get past Chapter 2.... The narrator was sooooo monotone and drove me to rip my earphones out.....

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Waxhaw, NC, United States 04-09-12
    Alan Waxhaw, NC, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Poor Story Narrator."
    Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Better than average


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Day?

    The air drop over France


    What three words best describe Clive Chafer’s voice?

    Monotone, not very exciting


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

    There already is a movie.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bert Hopkins Dracut, MA United States 03-26-12
    Bert Hopkins Dracut, MA United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2009

    I am a retired electrical engineer with interests in computer science, computer history, military history, the brain and conciousness. I am always amazed at the connectedness of things, ideas and concepts.

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    "A long awaited story now being told"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    All Americans need to understand the sacrifices made by our servicemen on 6 June 1944 as they stormed the beaches of Normandy. I have waited for many years to finally obtain an audio version of this book. A must for all students of History.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Day?

    Cornelius Ryan weaving the story of Private Arthur B.


    What does Clive Chafer bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His very distinct accent added to the narration.


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

    Came very close to tears when listening to what happened to our guys at Sainte Mere Eglise.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck B. 06-10-15
    Chuck B. 06-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still a Classic"

    There have been many books written about D Day, but this still remains a touchstone standard history. Well written and presenting a complete picture from both sides.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bohrer 06-07-15
    M. Bohrer 06-07-15
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    "Most Unpleasant Narration ever..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a fantastic book but the listening experience was greatly diminished by the narrator.


    What other book might you compare The Longest Day to and why?

    I have several other books on WWII that I love both in content and narration. I wish that I had previewed this book before spending a credit on it...


    What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

    His delivery is most unpleasant to the ear. I own several other WWII books with fantastic narrations. why anyone would think that Clive Chafer's voice is pleasant is beyond me..


    Do you think The Longest Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This book is legendary and should be offered again with a different narrator. I would gladly trade in my current version for a new one that would allow me to truly enjoy listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please do this book justice and have it re-read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Waxhaw, NC, United States 04-09-12
    Amazon Customer Waxhaw, NC, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Poor Story Narrator."
    Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Better than average


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Day?

    The air drop over France


    What three words best describe Clive Chafer???s voice?

    Monotone, not very exciting


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

    There already is a movie.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Papabri 12-25-15
    Papabri 12-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, poor narrative"

    We all know The Longest Day is a favorite of all war buffs. However, the voice of the narrator is monotonous and the last word of every sentence ends in the same weird voice inflection.

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  • JOHN PEARCE
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    "Readable, scholarly, humane"

    In the two generations that have passed since the end of the Second World War historians have acquired the distance and balance from those terrible events necessary to writing good history. Given the early date of "The Longest Day" it is an enormous credit to Cornelius Ryan that he has avoided both partisanship and triumphalism in his account.



    His research has obviously been meticulous, but this never causes his prose to labour and he humanises the battle on both sides without trivialising it. Most of all this is an accurate historical account that lives up to the size of the subject - perhaps the most important single day in the twentieth century.



    This is not scholarly history in the academic sense, but as a single volume treatment of a momentous battle The Longest Day is as good a book as it could possibly be. And it is an impressive compliment to Ryan's prose that it translates so well to the audiobook format in a reading that does the book full justice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    12/21/15
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    "finished too soon"

    Great book, narrator a bit flat, but you get used to it. Was hoping it wouldn't end. Gripping stuff!

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  • PAUL
    10/20/15
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    "Great author but......"
    Would you listen to The Longest Day again? Why?

    No. Great story but terrible narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narration is robotic and after a ten minute listen will drive you crazy with irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    Great author. I listened to another title called 'The Last Battle' about the fall of Berlin and it was sensational. This title is of an interest to me but sadly I've stopped listening after one hour because of the terrible narration. Don't waste your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tansy
    Houesville, France
    9/11/14
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    "You have to give it 5 stars..but"
    Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pleased I've got it


    What other book might you compare The Longest Day to, and why?

    Band of Brothers


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    no


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

    Kept me listening


    Any additional comments?

    We live in the heart of the D Day Landings, 4 miles from Carentan & Ste Mere Eglise...I've seen the movie loads of times, I know the history, individual battles and stories...it's always been a book I've meant to read...so audible releasing it is perfect as I listen to books as I iron the linens for our 4 vacation rentals here...oh boy do I wish you had got someone to read this with less of a Mr Bean sounding voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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