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3.99989033083531 out of 53.99989033083531 out of 53.99989033083531 out of 53.99989033083531 out of 53.99989033083531 out of 5 4.00 (27,355 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 1998 ISBN: 9780743541855
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Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualities and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose tell the stories -- often in the men's own words -- of these American hereoes. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Ambrose has captured the true essence of a combat rifle company.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A valuable and fascinating record…In these pages, the reader can vicariously walk with the men of E Company, suffer and laugh with them.” 

    Time-Picayune

  • “A terrific read for WW II actions buffs.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Moving, poignant, and uplifting, this book is highly recommended for medium and large World War II collections.” 

    Booklist

  • “This investigation of the European theater of WWII would have been easy for Smith to produce as mere melodrama. But he holds back, and the result is a powerful tale told in their own words by the men of this century’s last great war. Smith proves conclusively that real stories of courage and honor don’t need false bravado to communicate their poignant messages of camaraderie in the face of horror, horror in the service of necessity, necessity in the pursuit of liberty.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/17/2014

    " This is a great book. Stephen E. Ambrose was a great historian who recently passed away. This is his time period and this is one of the best World War II books I have ever read. It was eventually adapted into an HBO miniseries so if you don't want to read the book, watch the miniseries because the miniseries sticks very close to the book. The book is not that long, nor is it that dense but the reader comes to know and love the 101st Airborne Easy company. Those men were so brave and did so much for our country and that shows through this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 2/3/2014

    " Very enjoyable book, I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. It's a quick read - almost too quick in fact. Many of the stories just give you a quick idea of what the soldiers were going through, much of it went by a bit too fast for me. I kept wanting more information. Can't wait to re-watch the HBO series since it really explores all of the stories in much more detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 2/1/2014

    " Absolutely fantastic and well written! One of the best books I've read this school year! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Wagner | 1/26/2014

    " This is a must read especially if you read D-Day by Ambrose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/8/2013

    " Obviously famous due to the TV series, the book is a fabulous testament to the bonds formed between comrades in arms, without glossing over the darker side of human nature. An excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ewald | 12/6/2013

    " Excellent research, grippingly told, and it made a wonderful television series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 10/19/2013

    " It's great, and better if you've already seen the HBO mini-series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/5/2013

    " One of those had to read in high school books. This one though got me intrigued and I just had to keep reading. The book is a very interesting take on life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Kolf | 5/23/2013

    " A very well-written, gripping account of the actions of a company of paratroopers in WWII. The HBO mini series is very faithful to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Pearson | 3/1/2013

    " Awesome book and awesome Series on the History channel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don | 2/25/2013

    " A great account of what the war was like for a small group of soldiers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 1/13/2013

    " One of the greatest war books I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 12/16/2012

    " One of Ambrose's best - and one of the best portrayals of the Battle of the Bulge I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Roberts | 10/29/2012

    " Outstanding book!! This book doesn't use a lot of technical terms (which would slow the reading). It's a story that keeps you turning pages. You learn about the soldiers--their views, feelings, reactions to their experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 7/17/2012

    " It is through our friendships that the impossible becomes possible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 7/5/2012

    " As I had watched the miniseries a couple times and read several of Ambrose's other books, I wanted to tackle this as well. The story line seemed a little disjointed at times but overall it was a good read and provides a much better understanding of the characters than you'll get from the miniseries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd Haines | 6/18/2012

    " I did a fast read as the HBO series was comming out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Quinn | 6/13/2012

    " Very good book and a great miniseries. This is probably the only time I thought the film matched or exceeded the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenerictxn | 9/10/2011

    " This should be required reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy Triplett | 7/11/2011

    " Extremely powerful! A must read for any student of History! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zina | 7/3/2011

    " We listened to this book on CD while driving. The lives of those who were banded together because of war was compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 5/26/2011

    " Great history about the 101st "Screaming Eagle" airborne division during WWII. We owe our freedom to men like them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JR | 5/24/2011

    " The greatest of the WWII stories ever written.

    It really shows the reader it wasn't just a video game. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ronan | 5/17/2011

    " I think this book is the best ever book. It is a example of braveness, courage and determination. They traveled 5,000 miles on foot to capture Hitlers Eagle Nest, also to save there country and lots of lives
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " Great book and Great HBO series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 5/9/2011

    " I always enjoy Ambrose, this was a little difficult to follow with the military jargon that he sometimes assumes the reader knows and all of the battle scenes. It is so hard from our modern perspective to imagine the world these men knew and fought for so unselfishly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom | 5/9/2011

    " As all of Stephen Ambrose's books it is both well written and extremely informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natasha | 4/30/2011

    " A very thorough and informative account. It was at times heart warming and humorous, but most times it was just dry narrative. This book did a good job at trying to show the horror of war and what E Company went through, although it's impossible to truly know unless you have been there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/19/2011

    " Well written and gripping story of a group of man who took care of each other through terrible conditions. Better than the HBO series and that's saying a lot! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen E. Ambrose

Stephen E. Ambrose (1936–2002) was the author of Citizen Soldiers, Undaunted Courage, and D-Day, as well as biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. He also founded the Eisenhower Center and was president of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. His book, Band of Brothers, was the basis for the HBO miniseries.

About the Narrator

Cotter Smith is an American actor of stage, film, and television. As an audiobook narrator, he has won two Earphones Awards and was a finalist in 1997 for the prestigious Audie Award.