A Bridge Too Far

  • by Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The classic account of one of the most dramatic battles of World War II.
A Bridge Too Far is Cornelius Ryan's masterly chronicle of the Battle of Arnhem, which marshaled the greatest armada of troop-carrying aircraft ever assembled and cost the Allies nearly twice as many casualties as D-day.
In this compelling work of history, Ryan narrates the Allied effort to end the war in Europe in 1944 by dropping the combined airborne forces of the American and British armies behind German lines to capture the crucial bridge across the Rhine at Arnhem.
Focusing on a vast cast of characters - from Dutch civilians to British and American strategists to common soldiers and commanders - Ryan brings to life one of the most daring and ill-fated operations of the war. A Bridge Too Far superbly recreates the terror, suspense, heroism, and tragedy of this epic operation, which ended in bitter defeat for the Allies.
About the author: Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974), born in Dublin, Ireland, became one of the preeminent war correspondents of his time, flying fourteen bombing missions with the US Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. He is the author of numerous books, including several classics of military history, which have appeared throughout the world in nineteen languages. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1973.

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What the Critics Say

"I know of no other work of literature of World War II as moving, as awesome, and as accurate in its portrayal of human courage." (General James M. Gavin)
"Ryan masters a spare, strong style to deliver a battle that has much of the majesty and beauty of classic tragedy. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Amazing book ruined by awful narration

If you could sum up A Bridge Too Far in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, daring, insightful


What other book might you compare A Bridge Too Far to, and why?

Pegasus Bridge, D-Day


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is simply terrible.

It does this incredible true story and the wonderful work of Ryan a massive disservice.

'Monotone' doesn't begin to explain it. Clive Chafer reads in a very unnatural, almost robotic way, with a constant rhythm that a metronome would be proud of.

I made it slightly more bearable by increasing the speed to 1.25x, but I couldn't finish it.

Boring, depressing, unengaging, dull narration.

I'd strongly advise against purchasing the audio book for this reason, but would highly recommend purchasing the actual book and reading it for yourself - an incredible story.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Bridge Too Far?!


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- Richard Smith

Great story but wow the narration is awful

Do the producers actually hold auditions for these guys or just pull any random actor in looking for a job? This is such a monotonous clunking performance it almost made this unlistenable.
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- A. J. Mc

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-06-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.