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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor, read by Cameron Stewart.

The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front.

As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.

©2009 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Great, detailed and compelling

Would you consider the audio edition of D-Day to be better than the print version?

The main hurdle of the audio edition is that you (or, at least, I) need to get a hold of a map to follow the often very detailed movements of troops.

What other book might you compare D-Day to and why?

This is a great supplement to Beevor's book on The Second World War.

What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cameron Stewart is a great narrator. The one thing I personally dislike is the "fake accents" he does when quoting sources, but I suppose that is down to personal taste.

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

When the narrator consistently called the Leibstandarte SS for the Liebstandarte (Lieb means love in German).

Any additional comments?

A great and compelling story. Highly recommendable.

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  • Blobbo
  • 03-16-18

brilliant book but please drop the accents

As always Antony Beevor delivers a magisterial study, beautifully written. Cameron Stewart reads it well, at just the right pitch and pace, EXCEPT for the stereotypical accents he adopts when reading dialogue. The German sounds like something from Hogan's Heroes, the French from 'Allo Allo and, as a born-and-bred Belfast man, I just cringed each time he tried a north of Ireland accent. unnecessary, Mr Stewart. Highly recommended. I agree with another reviewer; even though I've visited the Normandy battlefields 6 times now, I found a detailed map really useful when listening to help me place the action in context, and understand the interactions between the different sectors at any given point.

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  • defunnell
  • 09-20-17

comprehensive account of d-day through to Paris.

Really good. Overview of all military actions, peppered with stories of success, failure, bitter comedy and horror. Finished the book with a far greater understanding of the subject than I started with.

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  • Paul Lismer
  • 09-04-17

First attempt at history on tape.

Wasn't sure about the accents to start with but realised they did help when jumping between quotes.

It's very hard to keep track of statistics without a notepad to write them down! Not that they mattered much to the overall book.

Hardest part for me was not having the references to support the content, which is clearly a down side of a narrated history book. A podcast which is intended for audio will references items out loud.

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  • Ronan
  • 12-05-17

Terrible.

The accents are the worst I've ever heard on an audio book. I tried to ignore them but gave up at chapter 10. Beevor is great historian but the narration is absolutely terrible. I'm furious and will demand my money back.

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  • P Browne
  • 02-27-18

Thorough to a fault

Thorough to a fault, with its endless mantra of regiment names, but at it's best when anecdotal or illuminating statistics. You will need a good map of Normandy to follow events or much will be fairly meaningless.

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  • MR K Hayes
  • 07-15-17

Antony Beevor excellent as usual

gives a real feeling of how people behave in that dreadful situation and the dynamics failures and successes of leadership .

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  • nigeyb
  • 06-10-18

Comprehensive and engrossing

A very detailed and interesting account of D day and the events which followed. The regular use of quotes from various echelons of the military, and French civilian population, really helped to bring this all alive. Another classic by Antony Beevor.

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  • Zoticus
  • 05-31-18

A significant masterpiece of history telling.

An incredibly well researched and presented pivitol period of history telling an unbiased story woven together from personal accounts and rare recorded interviews, correspondence and individual events meticulously drawn from all areas of war and eaches participation in it.

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  • dereksmith
  • 05-15-18

So much I hadn't appreciated about the battle for

This is a cracking book with so many facets. It moves almost seamlessly through the various fronts and breakouts and details both the high spots and the low - and some were very low. If all the facts are to be believed then there were mistakes made on both sides, not just the German. The relationship between Eisenhower, Montgomery and DeGaulle was a tricky one to cover and perhaps the author does come down a bit heavy on the side of the American but hopefully that is the result of his apparent exhuastive research. Finally don't let anybody tell you that the French took all and gave nothing - the stories of heroism and sacrifice among the civilian population, be they resistance or just ordinary folk are truly humbling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-18

Stop the accents!

Very informative and factual book almost completely ruined by the awful attempt at the accents. I enjoy the use of accents as they add to the theatre of the story but his attempts at the American and German in particular we’re cringeworthy.