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The Guns at Last Light Audiobook

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945

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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly awaited final volume in Pulitzer Prize-winner Rick Atkinson's New York Times best-selling Liberation Trilogy.

It is the 20th century's unrivaled epic: At a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his best-selling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted the history of how the American-led coalition fought its way from North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all - the titanic battle in Western Europe.

D-Day marked the commencement of the war's final campaign, and Atkinson's astonishingly fresh account of that enormous gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich - all these historic moments come utterly alive. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at all levels, from presidents and prime ministers to ambitious generals, from war-weary lieutenants to terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the awe-inspiring effort that led to Germany's surrender.

With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Rick Atkinson's remarkable accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that restored freedom to the West. His lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front's final phase.

©2013 Rich Atkinson (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson’s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements—from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble—and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings." (Smithsonian Magazine)

"Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson’s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Dusty Tacoma WA 09-22-13
    Dusty Tacoma WA 09-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The last of a trilogy about WWII in Europe"
    Would you listen to The Guns at Last Light again? Why?

    The story is written in a cogent manner that takes the reader (listener) through conflict of WWII in Europe while describing the broad strokes of the conflict and including details of soldiers at the personal level. The narrator does a good job of capturing the listener's attention.


    What other book might you compare The Guns at Last Light to and why?

    The author's previous two book on WWII in the European theater are equally well written and narrated. This trilogy places WWII in Europe in an accurate and complete historical account.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    Ganser is talented at subtly changing his voice and inflection to capture quotes and characters.


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

    The book is engaging -- it makes my commute enlightening and entraining.


    Any additional comments?

    Must buy along with the previous two books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Go Vols! 07-24-13
    Go Vols! 07-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Super book"
    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    Attention to the personalities of the leaders and the clashes between them and how soldiers died because of their leaders stupidity.


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    Chad 07-19-13
    Chad 07-19-13
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    "Full of Info"
    What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

    The expanse of military politics.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favs - it is non-fiction.


    What didn’t you like about L. J. Ganser’s performance?

    His flourish in pronouncing non-English place names and other nouns in (what I assume to be) native accents begins to grate on the listener....


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Longest Book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Troy, NY 06-29-17
    Amazon Customer Troy, NY 06-29-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Narrator should know the subject a bit"

    Including the pronunciation of some well known German and French places, names, etc. "First" Company of the 157th? Nope, companies are designated by letters. That was "I" Company of the 157th at Dachau....Verdun, France is not pronounced Ver-doon, etc

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    J. Acosta Vancouver, WA 05-25-17
    J. Acosta Vancouver, WA 05-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "An excellent finish"

    An excellent and worthy finish of this trilogy. And an outstanding oral presentation by the narrator. Highly recommended.

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    Thomas Anderson 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A perfect ending to a perfect history."

    A wonderful account of the US military forces in Europe during WWII. From the infantryman with trench foot to the inner councils of Eisenhowers command posts, there is is much new and human in this detailed but never boring trilogy. This is the third and final volume and I find myself wishing there was a forth.

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    mg 02-12-17
    mg 02-12-17

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    "A must read"

    years ago, I read the first two in the series, life's too busy to read this one so audio book was the perfect fit. Very much enjoyed it, however the narrator's butchering of Dutch pronunciations (Nijmegen!!) was painful to listen to over and over again.

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    Amazon Customer 01-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible book...exceptional narrator as well"

    A necessary read for any student of military history. Atkinson's book is well researched and compelling. The narration by Ganser immerses the reader directly into the war and the minds of those who lived it.

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    Amazon Customer A Missouri Mule 01-12-17
    Amazon Customer A Missouri Mule 01-12-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Finished with great sorrow. Will we see this again"

    Great writing ,wonderful research and effective story. However it's Re mag en not Rem a gen!

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    Donald Bullard 12-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Comprehensive, moves fairly well, avoids some pitfalls. Allies are hard to satisfy.


    What other book might you compare The Guns at Last Light to and why?

    Other two books of series. Complete the history of Army in ETO.


    What does L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He delivered it all.


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

    Could not imagine it.


    Any additional comments?

    Good for daily wals

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