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 Greatest Generation Audiobook

The Greatest Generation

Regular Price:$19.93
  • 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

In this superb audiobook, Tom Brokaw goes out into America to tell through the stories of individual men and women the story of a generation. America's citizen heroes and heroines who came of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War and went on to build modern America. This generation was united not only by a common purpose, but also by common values- duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country, and, above all, responsibility for oneself.

Through the stories in The Greatest Generation, you'll relive with ordinary men and women, military heroes, famous people of great achievement, and community leaders how these extraordinary times forged the values and provided the training that made a people and a nation great.

©1998 Tom Brokaw

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (359 )
5 star
 (215)
4 star
 (97)
3 star
 (33)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.6 (233 )
5 star
 (160)
4 star
 (50)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.6 (236 )
5 star
 (164)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (16)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 03-29-09
    Don Lance Murfreesboro, TN United States 03-29-09 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    108
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    "Why we appreciate this generation"

    Finally we have a book that honors this generation who experienced the toughest trials of the 20th century. As a son of a family from this generation, I had long noticed there was always something special about them. This generation is very different from the generations that were born from around 1950 onward, and Tom helps us to understand why. The world events of the time shaped them into who they are. I also think Tom effectively captures the most admirable qualities of this generation in his words. For those of us who did not experience the events of the 1930s and 1940s, Tom's book will give you a new respect for those who did.

    For those who are sensitive to foul language, realize that there are a few terms in the chapter related to Art Buchwald. It is not excessive, but you should realize it is there if you happen to have some children who may listen with you. It's the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

    I'm sure everyone has heard Tom's voice from news broadcasts, so you will know he speaks clearly and with conviction. It's a big plus that Tom did his own narration for his work.

    I recommend this book for everyone born after 1950. You will gain an appreciation for this generation who lived through the early-to-mid 20th century events you read in your history book, and you will hope that your generation will also follow their example.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08
    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08
    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Yes, they were that great"

    Having been parented by two of the greatest generation, I enjoyed learning more about what they went through. All too often, they refuse to talk about what happened to them during their amazingly challenging lifetimes, WWI, the great depression, WW2. They have suppressed their experiences or allowed their reflections to fade from their memories. There is still much for us to learn from our parents. I thank Brokaw for helping to reveal some of their stories to us.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MacGyver124 Missoula, MT 02-24-17
    MacGyver124 Missoula, MT 02-24-17 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Why abridged?"

    I did not realize when I bought this book that it is the abridged version, very disappointed because it loses a lot of the story between each vignette. Audible please bring back the unabridged.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    D. Jones 08-05-17
    D. Jones 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "everything was good except..."

    I understand context is important but even in tge right context, a white guy saying the n word is a bit wierd for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. Schmidt 02-11-17
    R. Schmidt 02-11-17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful storytelling of those who lived and loved during a time in our history that is not known by many who still live today"

    Tom Brokaw chose stories of ordinary people and the extraordinarily beautiful things they lived and learned during one of the worst times in the history . His voice reading the words that he penned was a cherry on top! I normally do not read or listen to historical novels or chronicles about wars or the history of our great nation, but I could not put this one down! Recommend this one for all ages !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Finding Alpha Houston, Texas 09-12-16
    Finding Alpha Houston, Texas 09-12-16 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Superb!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Do not hesitate to get this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you thought you knew about the people who fought in WWII, you will be as surprised as I was to get the story directly from them. Great, great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Judith 08-22-16
    Judith 08-22-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    927
    124
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent "

    This is the third time I've read this book and it won't be the last. My father was a part of this Greatest Generation. I bought copies of this book for all my children and for all my brothers and sisters. Thank you, Tom Brokow for caring enough to write this stirring tribute!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    cortney turkal 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "fantastic and informative"

    I have been wanting to experience this book for a while now and just kept forgetting about it. it is an amazing and eye opening group of stories. it is well written and causes a flood of emotion. the only down side of this book is that from what was happening then and what is happening now we clearly haven't learned anything. I hope more people read or listen to this book and take something from it, I know I have. thank you for a wonderful and emotional view into history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mike L 02-18-16
    Mike L 02-18-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Must Listen To Book"

    This is a story well told from many soldiers' point of view. Extraordinary lives that made an enormous difference for all Americans. This book should be required reading for all Americans. The sacrifices made by so many, willingly so we could have the lives we have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Monica 11-10-15
    Monica 11-10-15 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book "

    Great book, But does not have all the chapters.
    Clearly to understand it's good book

    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.