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Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne.

Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Toccoa Camp in Georgia and was one of six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings and went to England in 1943 to provide ground cover for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord.

In the darkness of D-Day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and, within days, was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for 23 days in Normandy, nearly 80 in Holland, 39 in Bastogne, and nearly 30 more in and near Haguenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany.

This is his dramatic tale of those bloody days fighting his way from the shores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.

©2008 Don Malarkey and Bob Welch; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Solid American Greatness

I've read through nearly all the materials surrounding Easy Company and this account is fantastic for fellow enthusiasts as well as people new to the story of this remarkable company. Malarkey and Welch make sure they explain everything they encountered as if the user has NOT seen the HBO miniseries or read other books, but there is also a great deal of the personal stories and perspectives of Don Malarkey that make it a valuable point of view for those that had read many of the other memoirs. Lloyd does a great job reading the story with expression and clarity. Malarkey and Welch begin the recount at a dramatic moment - in the frozen woods near Bastone and in riveting detail, describe the harsh conditions of life on the front line. Then they backtrack to the beginning of Malarkey's life and provide a colorful view into prewar America on the rural west coast (Oregon). From there the story progresses linearly through the prewar years, the attack on Pearl Harbor, basic training, crossing the pond, life in the UK, D-Day, Market Garden, Bastone, The Eagles Nest, the end of the war and post war life. What you come away with is a sense of awe about the WWII generation and the men that fought desperately, won and got on with their lives. I really wish I could meet Don Malarkey, but given I probably will not, this was an invaluable substitute and I am so glad I listened to it.

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  • Rex
  • Amboy, IL, USA
  • 03-02-09

Really Rounds out Band of Brothers

A truly great book. One that will have you fighting and brawling with the 101st in the trenches and feeling all of their losses. Highly recommended.

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I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

If ever you find yourself disappointed in our great country listen to the book "EASY COMPANY SOLDIER". UNABRIDGED) It is the most heartwarming true story I have ever listened to. After completing the listen, I realize how lucky I am to be an American. I also realized how much our soldiers gave and continue to give to our great nation without expecting anything in return.

It is a story about the sadness of war, and how one person survived it. The book describes in detail the horrors he experienced. There is no movie that could come close to Don Malarkey's experiences. If I could give this listen more than five stars, I would rate it over a thousand stars for its honesty. I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.

EASY COMPANY SOLDIER IS BRILLIANT.
Thanks for reading my review PLEASE READ IT. YOU WILL BE HAPPY YOU DID.
Thanks,
Steve

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  • sarah
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 09-10-12

better to read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

err, the narrator. He made the story feel cheesy. My husband put it best: "I keep waiting for him to try and sell me something." Distracting.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved hearing a more in-depth part of the Easy Company experience.

What didn’t you like about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance?

Cross between a used car salesman and Captain America

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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War is worse then hell.

This book gives rich detail on being a Private joining the Army. Training to be a paratrooper, actually going to war and fighting to get back to the Airborne units after D-Day and freezing in the Battle of the Bulge--all these experiences made me wonder why we go to war in the first place. To say "war is hell" is a oomplete understatement--made by a General.

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a great follow-up The Band of Brothers.

well written and well read! this book is highly recommended for any fan of Band of Brothers.

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A very compelling story and book

Just about the time that you feel that you have heard everything about easy company and the band of Brothers, Don malarkey tells the story from a whole different set of eyes. He correct some of the things that were made in the movie that he felt didn't belong.

He brings an insight to how the soldiers of World War II held in there nightmares didn't know how to deal with PTSD and have for years he lost contact with all the men from easy company.

Very rarely will I say this is a must read/listen to but this is one that really opens your eyes to the nightmares that these men faced during and after for and 60 years how to paint a battle has stayed with them and the number who turned into the bottle to kill the pain.

There is a lesson to be learned about all men and women who face combat and the nightmares that they walk with for the rest of their lives these men and women need to be taken care of to be helped to be honored

If you never listen to another book about the band of brothers and easy company this is one you have to listen to thank you to all soldiers sailors and Marines and Coast Guard and airman who step up to defend this country and then live with the nightmares after

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Great!!!

A great read if you are a ww 2 history nut. Better than the movie Band of BROTHERD

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Amazing!

Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Company Soldier to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed each and every second of this book. it's a very good story, and I couldn't stop listening!

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  • Dave
  • Berlin, MD, United States
  • 11-16-12

Amazing Story, Lukewarm Performance

Any additional comments?

The story of Don Malarkey is compelling. He is a patriot in the most complete sense and all Americans owe him a debt which can never be repaid. A story such as his deserves better than the pedestrian performance contributed by the narrator. His diction is erratic, often pronouncing the same word differently at different times. Amazing story, mundane narrator.

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  • Grizzly
  • 02-24-17

Stunning

I have been a big fan of the Band of Brothers stories for many years. This book is written with so much warmth and sincerity. I loved it from start to finish.

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  • liam
  • 01-02-17

a great insight

provided a glimpse into a brave mans experience on the front line. inspiration and provided a different aspect from HBOS band of brothers mini series. worth a listen!

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  • Martin C.
  • 09-09-16

Amazing

Loved the film and the book is 100%better the story's and how each member felt in the line of battle is sad yet brilliant at the same time if you like war stories and how things were done then this is a must have A+++++++++

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  • david
  • 07-01-16

honour to listen to it.

what better way to hear about the pressure's and struggles of a ww2 soldier than spoken from a truly great hero from the war. Puts today's world to shame when you hear this stuff.

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  • Ollie Wright
  • 05-26-16

Amazing

This is a must listen to. It's like I'm there would love to meet them

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  • James Odin
  • 05-01-16

Well written, gripping and emotional throughout.

As someone that's always been fascinated by the exploits of the Screaming Eagles this was true delight but even if I wasn't familiar with their story, this would still be an exceptional story.

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  • MR I P RIVETT
  • 08-12-15

Amazing and Heartbreaking

It's amazing to listen to what the author went through and describes so vividly. The strength and valour that this unit in particular showed through the latter parts of WWII is humbling. An excellent listen, highly recommended

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  • gavin
  • 07-16-15

No words. .. Thank you Don M

Great story well told. Some nice new info that's not in any other books.
amazing men and nice to hear the back story of his life.

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  • mark dodson
  • 06-10-15

An Inspiring read of inspiring men

Inspirational tales of a group of men, many no longer here, who did what was required, often with no regard for their own safety but ALWAYS looking out for their brothers. Showing a morality very rarely seen nowadays. Keep soldiering on Malark and you remaining brothers, we owe you !!

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  • Toby
  • 03-30-15

fantastic incredible story

fantastic incredible story very hard hitting covers much more than band of brothers, nice to hear familiar names and stories of heros