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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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  • mcsmall
  • 07-26-17

Detailed account but not as good as Stalingrad

Anthony Beevor is a leading military historian whose works on Stalingrad and Berlin are excellent.
This is a detailed account not just of D Day but of the campaign in France until the liberation of Paris.However, at times it lacks analysis.
The narration was spoiled by the narrator's use of accents which were not merely unnecessary but unintentionally comical at times, which detracted from the serious nature of the subject matter

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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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  • 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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  • White Socks!
  • 11-08-17

A phenomenal tour de force.

Breathtaking in its achievement of providing a thoroughly comprehensive account of the liberation of France.

The narration is wonderful and clear.

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  • Adam Mcneill
  • 11-07-17

great diary analysis between the soldiers

sad to hear so many killed with friendly fire. Civilians were in the way. I think you can take this history and think we are fortunate we live today.

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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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  • Kevin Wood
  • 09-01-17

Detailed and flows well

Enjoyed it immensely. Could do with maps and illustrations to go with the narrative though.

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  • John M. Howitt
  • 08-09-17

Excellent book

Gives a detailed view from both sides of the build up, the invasion on through to the liberation of Paris. Also covers the effects on both the soldiers and the civilian populations.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-08-17

Superb.

Narration really good. Lots of very interesting information here for the WW2 history buff. Well balanced, honest, brutal, compelling.