On June 6, 1944, the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among them were 14,500 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile-long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a dangerously exposed beach.
Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada's pivotal contribution to the critical Allied battle of World War II.
Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory, written by prolific military historian Mark Zuehlke, recreates June 6, 1944, from start to finish in impressive detail. The retelling of this iconic day in history is incredibly well-researched, informed by both historical records and comprehensive veteran accounts. World War II buffs will find the harrowing personal stories in Juno Beach particularly compelling. American actor and voice-artist Steve Kehela gives a dramatic performance. His strong and clear voice suits this audiobook's tone precisely. His skilled pacing makes this 14-hour military tome approachable for even the armchair historian.
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Mark Zuehlke has written a well-researched, engaging account of the Canadians at Juno beach. Sadly Steve Kehela's narration is not only disappointing, but becomes irritating very quickly. He clearly hasn't pre-read the material but instead is reading it cold in the studio -and we can tell; poor pronunciation of (small sample here) Luftwaffe, Wehrmacht, Louis (as in Mountbatten) HMS Ramillies and the wholesale slaughter of the names of French towns and villages on the Juno stretch of coast are irritating enough, but the failure to grasp the multitude of military acronyms was the most annoying. Just one example - the acronym for Landing Craft Tank is LCT. The plural of the acronym is generally accepted to be LCTs - however this is continually pronounced L C T S. Considering there are dozens of such acronyms, and they are used dozens of times each in this book, this becomes infuriating very quickly. Even the little pauses and stumbles as he turns the page become irritants when added to everything else. All that was needed was to take a little care, research the terminology for a few minutes, and READ THE BOOK before recording it - then it wouldn't have sounded like the first read-through of a new script.
I want to read the rest of the trilogy - think I'll do it on Kindle.
Painful to listen to
No, it grated on my ears.
The story was the most interesting aspect, the reader the most irritating.
Not get any more of Steve Kehela's recordings
If someone is going to read a book about a specialized subject (the Military and foreign geography and names) they should at least find out how to correctly pronounce the (military) terms and the foreign place names correctly before recording the reading. It is painful to listen to.