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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1998 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"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)

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An Outstanding Read!

This book was mesmerizing!

I first visited the Normandy landing sites in the late ‘50s while my father was stationed in England with the USAF.

One uncle had been killed during the beach assault (and was buried in Normandy) while two other uncles had been in the Airborne. So, Normandy has always held a particular significance for our family.

In the mid-60s, when my dad was stationed in Germany, I also got to visit the Eagle’s Nest.

And my wife’s family live in Swindon, UK.

I watched the HBO series with my own son before taking my family to England, Normandy, Holland & Germany in 2009 (and more than once since our return.)

With all this prior experience, I was both surprised & delighted that Stephen Ambrose’s book still had so much more to offer - and could be so captivating; I couldn’t stop listening! (In the car while driving, while walking the dog, in the evening while relaxing around the house.)

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One of the best books ever written.

Very moving! Following these guys from the mountains of Georgia to their "final jumps" was an extremely captivating ride. Anyone with a heart won't be able to listen to the last 45 minutes or so without being at least a bit wet eyed if you don't find yourself crying like I did. Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction and this is one of those cases, no novelist could ever write a better story than the historical transcription captured in this book. Salute to the men of Easy company! The sacrifices you made for us and the legacy you left behind will never be forgotten and we will always be grateful for what you did for this world and our country! That said, the book was well written and narrated, and I'm glad to have had the honor of reading it!

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its amazing

get it get it get it get it get it get it get it get it its verey good just get it now

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Worth a listen

Overall very enjoyable to listen, just too bad that the pronunciation of certain place names is way off (not even consistent within the book) which I would think you might look up for a historical novel.

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Great book, but....

I've watched the Band of Brothers series several times, so it was enjoyable to read the book. I noticed that many of the soldiers' names were pronounced differently by the narrator of the book than in the mini-series. I wish greater care had been taken in that area and in the unbearable pronunciation of "Bastogne-ya." Otherwise it was a great read.

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best book iv ever read

it's the best book I've ever read about a soldier's life during World War II and the short talk about what they did after they got out made it even better

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Wonderful book, wonderful HBO series

I really enjoyed the HBO series and this audio book. What infuriated me was Tim Jerome's consistent mispronunciation of the Soldiers names and important places.

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What have you done with your life?

the struggles of a band of men working together to overcome impossible odds. this account leaves you amazed at the successes and failures of ordinary man and reflective upon your own life. amazing book

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Once you start you can't stop!

Great book, I listened to it on long drives for work and would catch myself sitting in the truck still listening 30 minutes after arriving at the destination.

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What made the experience of listening to Band of Brothers the most enjoyable?

I've read this book and many spin offs written by members of Easy Company, watched the miniseries dozens of times. The story is unforgettable and never gets old. There's always new pieces of information that I hadn't noticed before that peak my interest and lead me down research rabbit holes for hours. Great to have on in the background while doing chores or while out for a walk.

What other book might you compare Band of Brothers to and why?

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters<br/><br/>Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends<br/><br/>Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers"<br/>

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several times, repeatedly.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was alright. He could have done with a refresher on pronouncing names and locations before recording this. He goes way overboard in trying to pronounce some French and Dutch locations to the point that you cannot understand what he's saying since he's gurgling so much saliva in the back of his throat. Without fail, any name or location that ends with an "e", he throws a "nyə" sound onto it. Examples: Bastogne (he pronounces it "Bas-ton-yə"), Guarnere ("Gwan-yə-ree"), Toye (Toy-ə). It's a minor complaint, but it digs at you after a while.

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  • Paul C
  • 02-14-17

Loved the series you'll love the book.

I loved his audiobook the only problem I had ( which may be trivial to others ) was the narrators pronunciation of names i.e Guarnere etc but other than that an incredible tale which expands on each part of the series and adds more detail.

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in WW2, certain Army Batallions or how one company made a ' Band of Brothers ' from all walks of life. Time to listen to it again......

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  • suheime
  • 02-05-17

One of my all time Fav

An outstanding book about and band of brothers , trying to get though the war alive. Instead, they had one of their best journey in Live while fighting in the war.

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  • Kev Duncalf
  • 02-01-17

brilliantly written

what a fantastic book I could not put it down headphones were worn all day

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  • Matthew
  • 01-02-17

Slightly disappointed. But not a terrible experience.

I am probably word perfect on the series.

The book feels less of a 'story' more an account. I didn't feel the book was very descriptive compared to the depth of character you have in the series.

The book paints a general picture but i was expecting something with a lot more detail.

It was down to my personal expectations rather than the book in all fairness.

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  • Bradley
  • 09-12-16

what a great book and audio book

what can I say the story of easy company is one of my favorites tales from the second world war.

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  • Tracey Melville
  • 09-04-16

brilliant

This had loads more detail and emotion than the series that they made from the book...

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  • Iain Joynson
  • 06-10-16

good read

loved this book. better than the TV show much more content. and little stories that were now in the TV show.

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  • Patrick
  • 05-31-16

Excellent, apart from the English accents

I found this book to be excellent in content. It contains quite a bit more detail than the HBO series. What was disappointing, though, was the English accents. The narrator puts on a hammy, camp voice like Leslie Phillips, which sounds utterly farcical at best, and, at worst, disrespectful to the brave souls depicted. A real shame as the reading is otherwise great.

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  • Lfc87
  • 05-30-16

Real heroes

Incredible story from start to finish. I loved the TV series and have watched it many times, this is the 1st time I have listened to the book and loved it. The bond between these men is unbreakable and the faith and trust in the man beside them in the worst conditions a person can imagine is unbelievable.

Legend or hero is used too much these days about people but these men are exactly that.

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  • Mr A
  • 07-20-15

We stand alone together

If you could sum up Band of Brothers in three words, what would they be?

Remarkable, engrossing, amazing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard Winters (a real person, not a character). A model soldier and leader. Had I met the man I would have bought him a pint. I was sad to hear of his death in 2011.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And it is one of the only books I have read and listened to several times over.

Any additional comments?

A remarkable true story. It is helpful if you already know a bit about European geography, military vehicles/ weapons and army ranks before you read it.