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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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    Robert California 02-01-14
    Robert California 02-01-14 Member Since 2013

    Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

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    M.G.S. 07-14-17
    M.G.S. 07-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "outstanding!"

    great story and well read. really offers insight into the people, culture, and decision making of the time.

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    Kindle Customer 10-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Book"

    I had heard little of the story of Dunkirk prior to this book. I would recommend it for others.

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    Carson S. 04-20-17
    Carson S. 04-20-17 Member Since 2017

    History has all of the most interesting stories to be told.

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    Any additional comments?

    Walter Lord does an impressive job of turning the facts and events of the Dunkirk evacuation into a cohesive, sequential story that finely balances relaying the individual experiences with the impersonal reciting of military maneuvers and strategies.Thoroughly researched there can be little doubt to the completeness of this narrative.<br/><br/>Also well done is the balance of telling the stories of the other armies involved; French, Belgian, and German activities are given due space so a complete picture is drawn and the book avoids being too tightly focused on just the British actions.<br/><br/>The only flaw in this audiobook is that the narration will sometimes jarringly change in volume - clearly separate recording sittings being combined mid-paragraph. Otherwise the performance is high quality an well suited to the material.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    IHeartShoes 09-25-15
    IHeartShoes 09-25-15 Member Since 2017
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    "kind of boring"

    too many numbers and military lingo with no real meaning because there aren't any real characters just people

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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.

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  • 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
    4/17/17
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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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