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The story of the greatest invasion in history, as told by a master military engineer.

Thousands of men desperately struggling through the surf, blood spilling into the sea and mud, bullets whizzing by their ears - this is the Far Shore of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Here, we see D-Day through the eyes of an experienced engineer, brought out of a brief retirement to help make this invasion and eventual Allied victory possible: Rear Admiral Edward Ellsberg.

The final book in Ellsberg's World War II trilogy, The Far Shore takes the listener right up to the front lines. In Under the Red Sea Sun and No Banners, No Bugles, Rear Admiral Ellsberg cleaned up impressive wrecks in the Red Sea and North Africa. He answers the call to action despite his advancing age and failing heart, to once again do the impossible. Ellsberg is tasked with floating the artificial harbors that are key to Operation Overlord.

Ellsberg, a celebrated writer in addition to his gifts as a naval engineer, pulls no punches in this firsthand account of the preparations and bravery necessary to win on D-day.

©1960 Edward Ellsberg and Lucy Buck Ellsberg (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Loved every one of his books.

Incredible man defining the dedication of our military during most critical era of our lifetime

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The story of the Mulberry and this the best description

If. the battle for France thatI have readThank you Admiral Ellsberg! for your excellent prose!

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A classic

This is an excellent book. I have read it several times over the years. Great technical descriptions.

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Best description of D-Day I have ever read.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The entire book is interesting, but the angle of Mulberry was unique.

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The vivid description of what the troops experienced on Omaha Beach was the best I have ever read anywhere.

What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

A great voice for a narrator. Easy to listen to.

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

Mulberry

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  • M. WILLIAMS
  • 04-04-22

Oddly out of step with Ellsberg's other books

Those as impressed with Admiral Ellsberg's books may find this one a little odd. It starts well enough and then moves on to a description of infantry battles during D-Day. The fact that it is US centric isn't unreasonable but this material is covered well elsewhere. It does have value for historians of history though as comparing this book to others on the topic we can see how views have changed.

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  • Thomas Lane
  • 10-27-21

Brilliant book!

A truly brilliant book brilliantly told and narrated!! A must listen. It’s a shame it’s my last Ellsberg book.

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  • Tommy Two-sheds
  • 10-07-21

Excellent story reflecting 1960s views

This is a very interesting book. It covers aspects of D-day that are rarely discussed these days. I’m not sure the honours for winning the Battle of Normandy in WW2 are entirely due to the Americans. Shame little mention is made of other countries who fought alongside them. Very readable but bear in mind history has changed our impression of that time since the book was written