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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Nelson Runger Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342880
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Acclaimed historian Stephen Ambrose begins his examination with a glance inward -- he starts this book with his brothers, his first and forever friends, and the shared experiences that join them for a lifetime, overcoming distance and misunderstandings.
He next tells of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a golden gift for friendship and who shared a perfect trust with his younger brother, Milton, in spite of their apparently unequal stations. With great emotion, Ambrose describes the relationships of the young soldiers of Easy Company who fought and died together from Normandy to Germany, and he recalls with admiration three unlikely friends who fought in different armies in that war. He recounts the friendships of Lewis and Clark and of Crazy Horse and He Dog. Ambrose remembers and celebrates the friends he has made and kept throughout his life.
Comrades concludes with the author's recollection of his own friendship with his father. He was my first and always most important friend, Ambrose writes. I didn't learn that until the end, when he taught me the most important thing, that the love of father-son-father-son is a continuum, just as love and friendship are expansive. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dignified but strikingly sweet memoir.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Sonorous, smooth, friendly, Nelson Runger’s voice carries us gently through this contemplative commentary on comrades whom the distinguished historian Ambrose has studied or known personally…Friendship comes easily to Ambrose, and the number of divergent persons he has known and liked is remarkable. Runger is the right man for this narration, giving us the impression that he is at the same stage of life as Ambrose, and liking it.”

    AudioFile

  • “Quickly perusable, congenial confessions for the authors huge readership.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 1/18/2014

    " Listened to this one on a trip. Good car book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 10/23/2013

    " Very personal but very much appreciated the portion on Eisenhower. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl Phillips | 9/7/2013

    " Interest and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 7/14/2013

    " This one really makes you appreciate your guy friends. I love you guys...you know who you are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayla | 7/2/2013

    " A little disappointing, but maybe that is because I am of the female persuasion. Ambrose' book, "Undaunted Courage" is the seminal novel on Lewis and Clark. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/20/2013

    " A short audiobook, but I didn't listen to all of it. I mostly got the end, which was about his father. That part was very sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 3/13/2013

    " This is an author I like and the book was a quick read about friendship. Interesting insight of his personal friendships as well as some historical figures like Eisenhower and Patton, Lewis and Clark, Easy Company in WW II, and others. A good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 1/29/2013

    " An interesting look at some of the personal history of the author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shane Mericle | 1/28/2013

    " Good book, great topic that us alpha men rarely talk about. Appreciate the friend that recommended this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 5/23/2012

    " This is a great look at male friendships. It's short and goes quick. I gave this book as a gift to my groomsmen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/11/2012

    " I enjoyed the stories of the relationships...especially the last chapter in discussing his relationship with this father... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Eilers | 2/17/2012

    " I need to add this to my favorites list. Mr. Ambrose makes a strong argument for a man's need for male relationships. It made me realize that I hadn't done enough to foster the male relationships in my life, so I made an effort to start doing that. It's a quick, good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Len Egan | 2/13/2012

    " several short stories about friendship. good, quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 12/17/2011

    " Not Ambrose' best, but a likeable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorisann | 7/25/2011

    " It was a really interesting quick read. I love Steven Ambrose books and this was just a fun read on male friendships. I really have had fun talking it over with my husband and delving into the mind of men. I loved pondering my own friendships and the ones I hope to have someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Fitzgerald | 4/19/2011

    " Very enlightening connection made between leadership and friendships "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellis | 2/28/2011

    " Some of this book was solidly okay, but some of it was pretty good. I liked reading about some of the strong friendships of great historical characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 12/16/2010

    " A look at friendship in true Ambrose style. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/2/2010

    " This is an author I like and the book was a quick read about friendship. Interesting insight of his personal friendships as well as some historical figures like Eisenhower and Patton, Lewis and Clark, Easy Company in WW II, and others. A good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 10/27/2010

    " This one really makes you appreciate your guy friends. I love you guys...you know who you are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 10/21/2010

    " Very enlightening connection made between leadership and friendships "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/10/2010

    " An interesting look at some of the personal history of the author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 4/13/2010

    " I need to add this to my favorites list. Mr. Ambrose makes a strong argument for a man's need for male relationships. It made me realize that I hadn't done enough to foster the male relationships in my life, so I made an effort to start doing that. It's a quick, good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/23/2010

    " A look at friendship in true Ambrose style. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill | 11/30/2009

    " Very personal but very much appreciated the portion on Eisenhower. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellis | 5/15/2009

    " Some of this book was solidly okay, but some of it was pretty good. I liked reading about some of the strong friendships of great historical characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kent | 4/17/2009

    " This is a great look at male friendships. It's short and goes quick. I gave this book as a gift to my groomsmen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorisann | 4/1/2009

    " It was a really interesting quick read. I love Steven Ambrose books and this was just a fun read on male friendships. I really have had fun talking it over with my husband and delving into the mind of men. I loved pondering my own friendships and the ones I hope to have someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 1/19/2009

    " Steven Ambrose is one of a kind. This is a book about brothers, families and friends and friendships. His most important chapter is the last; about his relationship with his father.

    If you have a son, I HIGHLY recommend that you read this and pass it along to him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 7/29/2008

    " Listened to this one on a trip. Good car book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 3/26/2008

    " Not Ambrose' best, but a likeable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Len | 3/1/2008

    " several short stories about friendship. good, quick read. "

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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

Nelson Runger’s voice has been recorded in dozens of audio productions. His ability to convey difficult, scholarly material with eloquence and ease has earned him critical acclaim, including an AudioFile Best Voice in Biography & History for his reading of Nixon and Kissinger.