The Longest Day

  • by Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by Clive Chafer
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy....
The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.
This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.


What the Critics Say

“What I write about is not war but the courage of man.” (Cornelius Ryan)
“Fifty years from now, the history of D-day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.” ( New York Times Book Review)
“A dramatic, moving masterpiece, a living memorial to the men who died, and as suspenseful as the most gripping mystery story.” ( Chicago Sunday Tribune)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great author but......

Would you listen to The Longest Day again? Why?

No. Great story but terrible narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Narration is robotic and after a ten minute listen will drive you crazy with irritation.

Any additional comments?

Great author. I listened to another title called 'The Last Battle' about the fall of Berlin and it was sensational. This title is of an interest to me but sadly I've stopped listening after one hour because of the terrible narration. Don't waste your money.

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You have to give it 5 stars..but

Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pleased I've got it

What other book might you compare The Longest Day to, and why?

Band of Brothers

Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Kept me listening

Any additional comments?

We live in the heart of the D Day Landings, 4 miles from Carentan & Ste Mere Eglise...I've seen the movie loads of times, I know the history, individual battles and's always been a book I've meant to audible releasing it is perfect as I listen to books as I iron the linens for our 4 vacation rentals here...oh boy do I wish you had got someone to read this with less of a Mr Bean sounding voice.

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- tansy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.