We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Bedford Boys Audiobook

The Bedford Boys

Regular Price:$15.36
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The Bedford Boys is the astonishing true story of 21 young men who were killed during the first horrifying minutes of D-Day and the friends and families they left behind in the small town of Bedford. Twenty-one sons killed - no other town in America suffered a greater loss in one day. It is an unforgettable story of triumph, courage, and tragedy based on extensive interviews with survivors and relatives as well as diaries and letters.

Alex Kershaw's remarkable book brings to vivid, heartbreaking life the hitherto untold story of one small American town, their sons, and the brutal, bloody war that deprived them of their futures.

©2003 Alex Kershaw; (P)2008 BBC Audio

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (142 )
5 star
 (69)
4 star
 (40)
3 star
 (25)
2 star
 (6)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.4 (100 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (11)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.3 (99 )
5 star
 (56)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
    Ron Lecanto, FL, USA 12-20-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    220
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    459
    56
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "gripping narrative of a community sacrifice"

    The story of the first wave of D-Day and how it affected the small town of Bedford, Virginia. The community lost 21 young men in the invasion for it's nationalized National Guard unit was chosen to spear head the greatest invasion in history. One community's sacrifice and the men who made it. The story is well told and you can feel the anguish of those involved.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nighthawk birmingham, United Kingdom 04-19-11
    Nighthawk birmingham, United Kingdom 04-19-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    58
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    "excellent"

    Takes you to the front line - the description of the D-Day landing is totally engaging and leaves you in no doubt as to the true despair and horror of that place as well as the courage and spirit of the men who fought and died there

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ronda 10-10-13
    Ronda 10-10-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    45
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it! A wonderful read or listen."
    Any additional comments?

    So glad I found out about the true story and sacrifice of these "boys". Very well written and narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ken 07-17-10
    ken 07-17-10 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    226
    18
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "What a story"

    This book is well written. It was a very enjoyable listen. After reading about this event in history we bought the book and listed on our way to Bedford VA for the DDay memorial.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-03-17
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-03-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    991
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    475
    157
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    85
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too Many Names"

    I spent the first half of the book worrying whether I would be able to remember the names. Second half of the book I realized I would never remember all the names and enjoyed it more. It is an amazing story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-26-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 01-26-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    406
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    379
    376
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It doesn't dig deep enough."

    I loved this book for what was there but was disappointed that it didn't dig deeper. I really wanted more about the families of these men. I wanted to know more about how they dealt with the time their sons and husbands were at war and how they coped with the loss. I wanted to know more about the town itself and how it addressed the loss of so many. There must have been memorials. There must have been an unusual number of marriageable women who found husbands outside of the town. There must have been an upsurge in poverty, welfare, and the town must have been struggling to cope. I also wish there had been more about the few men who survived and how their lives went post-war. So, although the words that are on the page are hard-hitting and well-written; although I enjoyed every moment I cannot give more than 3 stars as I want more.

    William Dufris narrates it well. I felt like I was listening to the author which alone makes it above average. However twice I found myself wishing that Edward Hermann had read it instead so I cannot give him 5 stars either.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Davout Sydney Aus 12-05-11
    Davout Sydney Aus 12-05-11 Member Since 2005
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    32
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I hope the author donates his interview tapes"
    What disappointed you about The Bedford Boys?

    great material but poorly written. No analysis. Like reading a tabloid newspaper.Hopefully the interview material can be donated to other writer who could do a better job.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • William
    Bo'nessUnited Kingdom
    3/9/10
    Overall
    "Sacrifice"

    Tells in gory detail and heartbreaking reference to the horror of war both at the front and at home where worry and lack of knowledge kindle burning fear. Future generations need to know about our mistakes to let them learn how we had to give up so many lives to achieve the peace that we all want. Todays political leaders should be made to read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.