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The Miracle of Dunkirk Audiobook

The Miracle of Dunkirk

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Publisher's Summary

The full inside story of one of the golden moments of World War II.

On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is based on hundreds of interviews with survivors of all nations who fought among the sand dunes of northern France.

©1982 Walter Lord; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Walter Lord is a master of historical narration, compelling his reader to feel as if he were present...as a participant in the events described." (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Eve Grissom 05-08-17
    Eve Grissom 05-08-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Sold On The Miracle Of Dunkirk"

    The only reasons I purchased this book were because of the movie about Dunkirk that premieres next month and the book's highest average rating. I wasn't sure what to expect due to the topic. The narrator was lively and "personable" as if relaying a story he new rather than reading and the book itself was exceptionally well written. The book itself was history told through macro and micro perspectives which demonstrated how an incredibly botched withdrawal operation did indeed turn out to be a miracle.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KM 08-14-17
    KM 08-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Book is better than the movie!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Miracle of Dunkirk the most enjoyable?

    I thought the way the events were detailed was well done. I had seen the preview for the movie and it looked compelling, which is what led me to seek out this book. The book was so fascinating and read as a novel. I was hugely disappointed in the movie because it didn't convey the enormity of this undertaking and left out so much of the humanity involved. This book did not disappoint!


    What other book might you compare The Miracle of Dunkirk to and why?

    I don't think I've read another book like this.


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

    I found his voice entertaining to listen to and I wouldn't be able to read the book while accomplishing other things. I listen to audible books because I fall asleep while reading and I don't have time to just sit down and read.


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

    There were so many interesting characters in the book, so no one moment particularly moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    The Miracle of Dunkirk does justice to the monumental task of the rescue of almost 400,000 men. It is well written and the narrator kept me engrossed. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 08-08-17
    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 08-08-17 Member Since 2011
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    "heart stopping "

    I saw the movie and was inspired to learn more about Dunkirk and it's heroes

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert California 02-01-14
    Robert California 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed ... but good Subject"
    What disappointed you about The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

    Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Miracle of Dunkirk?

    Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "this could have been way shorter"

    I generally like WW books that build on the experiences of real people but this one just had too much. I also thought the narrative was a bit disjointed and I think he failed to paint an appropriate picture of the herculean effort done by the ships/boats/etc. that were used in this massive exodus.

    I did however enjoy the analysis of the Naxi missteps and poor strategy/tactics. Dunkirk could have turned out way worse

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    ROSS MCDOWELL 11-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Story Lacks Intro....and life."

    Zero Intro, assumes reader knows the context of Dunkirk .... the reader and or author does not bring the story to life.

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    Mr C 10-01-17
    Mr C 10-01-17
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    "For heavens sake!"

    I have just finished this book. presently, I am on a jag, reading WWII military history and looked forward to this.

    But... and what a big but. Audible needs to think very deeply about increasing their pool of readers. I don't mind this piece of British history being read by an American but for heavens sake! To hear almost every single vessel's name butchered with gross mispronunciation hurts the ear. And we won't even start on the mangling of the French place names. The flat monotone accent, coupled with the lacerated pronunciation left me gritting my teeth. Appalling.

    As for the history itself, it does not have a patch on other histories. Robert Gandt's The Twilight Warriors, any of Antony Beevor's books or T R Ferenbach's 'This Kind of War leave this rather pedestrian account in the dust. In some places it reads like a cub reporters litany of names, all carefully captured at the expense of the narrative.

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    elrak 09-15-17
    elrak 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book, well worth the time."

    Walter Lord does it again and always with great gripping account of the Miracle At Dunkirk with first-hand accounts.

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    Judithsanders 09-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Heart rending but at the same time Heartening."

    The details collected are amazing considering the circumstances. Any word on Langley, left at Dunkirk?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Sandia Park, NM 09-11-17
    Lee Sandia Park, NM 09-11-17
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    "Dunkirk"

    Extremely interesting and substantive history of what events led to the evacuation and very effective description of the impact individual soldier.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Amy
    East Sussex, England
    5/19/17
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    "Fascinating!"

    A wonderful insight into one of the most astounding events in our history. Full of personal accounts, and reports of how events played out. However, Sometimes it doesn't really convey the scope of the Fear and terror that would mostly likely have been experienced there. The narrator was excellent but I found the American accent a bit distracting from the distinctly British story at first, it took a bit of getting used to at the start.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I WHITE
    2/27/16
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    "My Father survived."

    Brilliant book. Pity no English or British reader was available. This poor American chap struggled with pronunciation! Still a great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr M T W Hobbs
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    "Great story but little research on pronunciation ."

    Thought the book was great but pronunciation of place names like Mar-git, Rams-git etc grated every time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sp Wickes
    Great Britain
    9/21/14
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    "so disappointed"
    What did you like best about The Miracle of Dunkirk? What did you like least?

    What is a story about Britishness and our spirit, courage and what it takes to wind us up. the Dunkirk spirit is our battle cry. so why did someone think is was a good idea to have a heavy accented american to read it, then realise halfway through to tone it down, that apart from the mispronunciations. how would an american feel about an an Blue Blood reading the story of the Alamo?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not being an american!!!


    Did The Miracle of Dunkirk inspire you to do anything?

    No i was too put off by the reading


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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