Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualities and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tell the stories - often in the men's own words - of these American hereoes.
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"A first-class explanation of what crack infantry troops are like....Addicts of military history will relish its finely detailed account.....Stephen Ambrose's thorough research and clear organization have produced a highly readable account of the heroic service of this "band of brothers" he so unstintedly admires." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"As a member of just such a unit...I am impressed by how well Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A valuable and fascinating record....In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them." (The Times-Picayune)
Well told story of amazing men. Well done narration. Only better book by Ambrose is Pegasus Bridge which I haven't see as an audio book. These are such great men. Read this one first and then there are so many others that have come out since focused on individuals. There is so much great literature on Easy Company. This is the place to start.
Son. Brother. Wisconsinite. Optimistic Cubs fan. West Point. Stanford GSB. Working out, travel, and laughter.
My deepest respect.
We Were Soldiers Once and Young
This was the first book i listened to on Audible.
No - I used it as a commuter book.
I appreciated this audiobook, even after seeing the HBO miniseries and listening to the abridged version of the audiobook. This unabridged version has quite a bit of additional detail that I had not heard (or seen) previously, and I enjoyed hearing the story over again. Tim Jerome's narration is competent though, to my ear, it was not as good as Cotter Smith's reading of the abridged version or as good as George Wilson's reading of Citizen Solders.
one of the best history writers of our time.... gripping
I listen to audio books on my hour commute each way to work. many times I have sat in my driveway unable to turn off the car.
The narrator was excellent, making transitions between character (I say characters for lack of a better word) perspectives, sequence of events, and the exorbitant amount of information provided by the author feel as if the reader is watching it happen.
There is no other book to compare Band of Brothers to because it is an entity and perhaps genre all it's own.
It's really hard to choose a favorite, but I guess I would have to say the Battle of the Bulge with Winters leading the unexpected and unplanned attack against the Germans as they (the Germans) tried to make a sneak attack on the Allied forces.
It made me proud! Extremely proud to be an American!
I recommend this book to everyone no matter what their literary preference is! It is important to know and recognize these historic battles that have preserved freedom for us and the world!
Learning about citizen soldiers becoming heroes under horrifying conditions.
The DDay and Bastogne chapters read like a war novel.
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Yes. Both. A fabulous book.
Worth the listen
I've read this book several times and enjoyed the HBO series, so my expectations were quite high with this audiobook. Do not be put off by reviews that are dismissive of the narration. Tim Jerome's sober narration is entirely appropriate for this powerful work of nonfiction.
We are RV'ers and roam around the USA. Lots of time on the road to listen to Books. I enjoy Mystery and Thrillers mostly but will throw in a chick flick every now and then.
It's the best WWII story ever told. These men are true hero's. Lt. Winters is my hero.
I couldn't put it down.
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