• Overlord

  • D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944
  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-06-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (277 ratings)


With an introduction read by Max Hastings. The famous D-Day landings of 6 June, 1944, marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe.
Republished as part of the Pan Military Classics series, Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle for Normandy. Max Hastings, author of over 20 books, was born in 1945. He was a scholar at Charterhouse and University College, Oxford, before working as foreign correspondent for newspapers and BBC television, reporting from over 50 countries. He was editor of the Daily Telegraph for almost a decade, and then for six years edited the Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism, particularly for his dispatches from the South Atlantic in 1982. He was knighted in 2002.
©1984 Max Hastings (P)2014 Audible Studios
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ronan on 06-06-15

Excellent unbiased account of Overlord

Great audiobook. Well read. It would be great if you could include a PDFs of the campaign maps.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Dave on 29-06-17

Top author, top performance

Hastings is a fantastic author, and the readers for his books on audible are generally good considering the usual monotonous treatment history audiobooks in particular are often given. Here though the reader goes above and beyond and really brings life to the stories that Hastings tells so well. Highly recommended, and more of the same please!

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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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6 of 6 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

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