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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

Critic Reviews

"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)
"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)

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Terrific Story!

What made the experience of listening to The Guns at Last Light the most enjoyable?

Enjoyed some of the background regarding the decision and the personalities behind the decisions made on the battlefield. The author add more persepctive, feeling and flavor to the story by describing events that happened throughout the European theater, and not just on the local battlefield. The part about the V-2 attacks on Antwerp were very good.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

The author does not pronounce "Nijmegen" correctly; and at first, I was wondering what he was trying to say. Since I have studied and visited the battlefield were Market-Garden took place, I was able to figure it out.

Ask any Dutchman how to pronounce it; I cringed everytime the author said it.

Nye (like Bill Nye) - may - chen (soft "ch" from the back of the throat, or a hard "ken" is acceptable)

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  • 12-26-17

great performance of a great book<br />

The reading is perfect considering the subject matter. The story includes a glimse into the private thoughts of the leaders through diaries and letters.

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great book

this series was great. It's an in depth look at WWII in the European theater. Well r
written and narrated.

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History as it Should Be Told

Atkinson is such a good writer. This concluding volume to his trilogy on US forces in the African and European theaters of WWII reads almost like a novel, but part of its excellence is Atkinson's deft movement from the strategic viewpoint of Eisenhower, Monty, Roosevelt, and Churchill to the ground-level experience of the common soldier or civilian stuck in the mud. Highly recommended.

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Well Done

An easy listen, with good anecdotes and the big picture. i highly recommend this book

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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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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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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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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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Great book - Great books

All three books are outstanding. They're filled with many bits of information that I didn't know, and I thought I knew a lot about the ETO.

Makes me rethink Patton.