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D-Day Audiobook

D-Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

©1994 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

"D-Day is mostly about people, but goes even further in evoking the horror, the endurance, the daring and indeed, the human failings at Omaha Beach... Outstanding." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Packed with drama and information, never losing sight of the horrors of combat, Ambrose's D-Day is the best book yet on what many historians consider to be the most important day of the twentieth century." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Ark1836 07-12-17
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    "Fantastic History"

    I've read a lot of books on World War II...too many for me to count. I had family in the War and have always been fascinated by the incredible effort and bravery that went into saving the world from the dictators. I decided to listen to this book in advance of a visit to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans to both broaden and refresh my knowledge. I am really glad that I did. Professor Ambrose is a fantastic storyteller, and it does not get much better than this when it comes to a pure history book. He does a masterful job of mixing hard facts with anecdotal stories. I am really glad that I listened to this before going to the museum. Incidentally, if you like World War II history, I highly recommend a visit to the museum. I've been to a lot of great museums (my idea of a good vacation), and I can say that the World War II Museum is truly one of the best that I have ever seen. Be sure to book two days because you can't truly see it all in one.

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    Robert California 10-08-17
    Robert California 10-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "First you should read Overlord by Max Hastings"

    First you should read Overlord by Max Hastings. Much better book. Mr. Ambrose tried to criticize Max's assessment of the relative strengths and culture of the armies, but his criticism like the book fell a little flat. The battle for Normandy lasted a long time and was a complicated and buggy affair. Much was lost, many mistakes made. This book focuses almost exclusively only on the early part of the battle. Not the whole story.

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    EC Asheville, NC, United States 10-04-17
    EC Asheville, NC, United States 10-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding story telling"

    The story of D-day is well known to everyone. Yet, this was a gripping story. The Allies were not perfect. They made many mistakes but many did extraordinary things. Well worth your time and money.

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    Freeman 09-27-17
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    "The story of the longest day, I listened to it twice"

    I’ve listened to everyone of Stephen Ambrose’s books and this is one of the better ones they are all good and I am grateful for audible.

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    downtowndad 07-27-17
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    "Wow."

    It's awesome. Start to finish. A good amount of primary sources to keep you from getting too much of a view from above. There is a great balance of macro strategy and the experience of the troops in combat - infantry, air, and naval. Well done.

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    "One of the best parts of US history"

    Exciting from beginning to end. Being a baby boomer, this is the story of our parents.

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    "Great Detail"

    This book was excellent bring to light all the details that were necessary to pull off the d-day invasion

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    cjwake Antioch, CA United States 03-14-17
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    "WOW. The Greatest Generation Indeed"
    What did you love best about D-Day?

    Incredible detail about the sights, sounds and smells of D-Day


    What was one of the most memorable moments of D-Day?

    Omaha Beach


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much you can do with this story from a performance perspective. It's like a textbook.


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

    Omaha Beach


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    Brian A. 02-25-17
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    "Excellent review of D-Day."

    Very detailed and intricate. I wish there were more reactions and aftermath to the result.

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    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 02-05-17
    Jim Jacksonville, Florida, United States 02-05-17
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    "That's why they're "The Greatest Generation"."

    Absolutely awe inspiring. The actual dedication, and patriotism of these young 17-21 year old volunteers is beyond belief. Embarking on an expedition in which they KNOW that possibly 50% casualties are highly probable. Following the orders of men that are barely old enough to shave into the onslaught of the German guns and artillery. Watching their friends become horribly mangled and die. All for the sake of their country and loved ones at home. They don't make a lot of them quite like that anymore. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS.

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    1/8/17
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    "Very little about the British and Canadians"

    This was a great audio book and very informative although it was mainly about the yanks! There wasn't much said about the British and Canadian beaches

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    Flitwick, United Kingdom
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    "D-Day the soldiers view"
    What made the experience of listening to D-Day the most enjoyable?

    Ambrose captured the solider on the ground. Both the chaos and utter horror of that fateful day. Along side the Assault teams, he also shows the struggle in the higher levels of leadership.


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me the most striking aspect was the sheer bravery of men thrust into and life or death struggle. The chaos of the landing, the paralysing fear and the courage to face one's fears deeply humbled me.


    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    Jesse performs a well read book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Of all my emotions, the most profound is the humbly awareness that these men faced the hell of those beaches to secure the freedom I now enjoy. Thank God for such a generation of men and women.


    Any additional comments?

    A book well worth the price.

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  • Douglas
    5/12/17
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    "Superb"

    Amazing detailed and easily listened to account of everything that lead up to and occurred on June 6th. Truly awesome.

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  • Dan Evans
    12/3/16
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    "Excellent.."

    Personal views of many soldiers brought together fantastically. Thousands who should never be forgotten. A must read / listen.

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  • Mark Gallagher
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    "Compelling insight"

    An enormously impressive achievement, relating the story of DDay in a way that cannot fail to hold the reader's attention. All the detail laid out before you with anecdotes and eye witness accounts drawn from the oral histories and memoires of those involved. Naturally this book is America-centric, which is understandable given the author's background and the focus on the Omaha & Pont du Hoc assaults. A pity the narrator has so many basic pronunciations wrong in relation to the English towns, bases and counties - a surprising miss in an otherwise great audio book.

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  • Kdl
    5/29/15
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    "Detailed witness account"

    I have always been interested in the D Day landings and have visited the beaches and villages that were caught up with the events in June 1944. To hear the accounts and experiences and to know the names of those who took part opens up a completely new layer of fascination and interest. Amazing book - I have listened to it twice already.

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  • Peter
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    4/4/15
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    "Top author"

    A bit biased towards the Americans but good nonetheless. Well researched but could have talked to French and German soldiers as well.

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  • Eddie
    11/11/14
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    "Harrowing and fascinating"
    What did you like most about D-Day?

    A brilliant book by Stephen Ambrose that covers the full story of that fateful day. Whilst writing primarily of the American involvement he also gives full detail of the Canadians on Juno Beach and the British on Sword and Gold Beaches. His descriptions of the Airborne and Glider landings for the British and Americans had me reading continuously. The narrator was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone considering visiting the D Day beaches.

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  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Informative and interesting."

    Found this book to be extremely informative and it always maintained my interest. A must read if you want to know a little more about D Day.

    The narrator did a good job too.

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  • Wolfpack
    Borehamwood, England
    4/1/16
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    "Thorough account"

    A thorough and well-researched account. Pleased that it covered all the national armies involved, not just the US. Occasionally seemed a bit repetitive.

    The narrator occaisonally mispronounced British words. The book contained some strong language. Some quite graphic and horrific scenes were described.

    Overall, I got what I wanted from this book, which was to know and understand something of what actually happened that day. A very sobering account of the bravery of so many.

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