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3 out of 5 stars
By Robert Yuan on 19-12-14

Only for knowledgable listener

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am a big fan of Max Hastings and consider myself very knowledgeable regarding the events of World War II. In retrospect, I must confess that I was not as prepared going into this book as I should have been -- if properly forewarned. Mr Hastings assumes that listener/reader is familiar with the Normandy Campaign. In a very detailed history, he tangentially refers to the development of the campaign only in order to ground his descriptions and analysis of leaders, decisions, and vignettes.

Did Overlord inspire you to do anything?

Get a fundamental understanding of the Normandy Campaign before revisiting this book.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable for the listener/reader who is already familiar with the campaign and seeks details.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Deann on 13-07-15

Good detailed history, but annoying accents

Did Barnaby Edwards do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Barnaby Edwards did differentiate all the characters, but I found his exaggerated American accents very annoying and found that distracting.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By lrjanzen on 17-11-14

Good read about the Normandy campaign

Would you listen to Overlord again? Why?

yes. Excellent narrator and a pretty good history.

Any additional comments?

The usual complaint with Audible's history books. No supporting pdf file with the maps and images.

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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 17-09-17

Crude caricatures of American voices

No one writes more riveting military history than Max Hastings. His prose manages to be both authoritative and entertaining, and I'm so addicted to it that I've bought literally everything available of his, sometimes in book form, sometimes in audiobook, often both.

But this particular audiobook has been nearly ruined for me by the narrator's tendency, in the middle of ordinary third-person text, to switch into a crude caricature of what he apparently believes is an American accent whenever he comes to a quote by an American. (Oddly enough, German voices are not caricatured -- quite the opposite, in fact. Wehrmacht officers come off sounding not terribly different from educated Brits.)

I did a mental double-take the first time the book quoted Gen. Omar Bradley. Suddenly the narrator abandoned his cultured Briish tones and lapsed into a jarring exaggeration of the sort of Southern drawl usually associated with cartoonish Mississippi sheriffs on TV. (Bradley, incidentally, was a Midwesterner, a native of Missouri; he sounded nothing like this.) The narrator takes similar liberties with the other Americans quoted -- and this being D-Day, there are a lot of them.

Why do some otherwise intelligent audiobook narrators insist on treating a quotation in the text as the opportunity to show off a funny accent? The result, in this case, is downright grating.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By James F. Ireland on 02-05-15


Is there anything you would change about this book?


Would you recommend Overlord to your friends? Why or why not?

Not Sure

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Very Much

Could you see Overlord being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

With no prejudice; not a fan of Old English for reading. Difficult (for me) to apply emotion to the characters in story.

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By WTJIII on 02-08-15

Great book and performance.

I think the reading performance was fine. I saw some complaints about his American accents. While certainly more from the Graham Chapman school and not the Hugh Laurie one, his accents served the purpose well. His British accent was pretty good too.

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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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