The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front.
As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.
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By Blobbo on 16-03-18
brilliant book but please drop the accents
As always Antony Beevor delivers a magisterial study, beautifully written. Cameron Stewart reads it well, at just the right pitch and pace, EXCEPT for the stereotypical accents he adopts when reading dialogue. The German sounds like something from Hogan's Heroes, the French from 'Allo Allo and, as a born-and-bred Belfast man, I just cringed each time he tried a north of Ireland accent. unnecessary, Mr Stewart. Highly recommended. I agree with another reviewer; even though I've visited the Normandy battlefields 6 times now, I found a detailed map really useful when listening to help me place the action in context, and understand the interactions between the different sectors at any given point.
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By Paul Lismer on 04-09-17
First attempt at history on tape.
Wasn't sure about the accents to start with but realised they did help when jumping between quotes.
It's very hard to keep track of statistics without a notepad to write them down! Not that they mattered much to the overall book.
Hardest part for me was not having the references to support the content, which is clearly a down side of a narrated history book. A podcast which is intended for audio will references items out loud.
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By Christian Jorgensen on 03-08-17
Great, detailed and compelling
Would you consider the audio edition of D-Day to be better than the print version?
The main hurdle of the audio edition is that you (or, at least, I) need to get a hold of a map to follow the often very detailed movements of troops.
What other book might you compare D-Day to and why?
This is a great supplement to Beevor's book on The Second World War.
What does Cameron Stewart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Cameron Stewart is a great narrator. The one thing I personally dislike is the "fake accents" he does when quoting sources, but I suppose that is down to personal taste.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
When the narrator consistently called the Leibstandarte SS for the Liebstandarte (Lieb means love in German).
Any additional comments?
A great and compelling story. Highly recommendable.