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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,855 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Antony Beevor Narrator: Cameron Stewart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9781101145715
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From critically acclaimed world historian Antony Beevor, this is the first major account in more than twenty years to cover the whole invasion, from June 6, 1944, right up to the liberation of Paris on August 25. It is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers but also the terrible suffering of the French caught up in the fighting. More French civilians were killed by Allied bombing and shelling than British civilians were by the Luftwaffe.

The Allied fleet attempted by far the largest amphibious assault ever, and what followed was a battle as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. Casualties mounted on both sides, as did the tensions between the principal commanders. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation, but the whole of the postwar world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe. Beevor draws upon his research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts, interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action, and many diaries and letters donated to museums and archives in recent years.

D-Day will surely be hailed as the consummate account of the Normandy invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to the liberation of Paris.                                          

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2009 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 2/10/2014

    " An excellent detailed account of the D-Day invasion by one of the best modern war historians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 2/9/2014

    " Good history but kind of a dry read, lacking personal take on the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/5/2014

    " Another good one from Beevor. You'd think there would be nothing left to say about the Normandy campaign, but the author finds some new nuggets to pass along. In true Beevor style he flips effortlessly from discussions of grand strategy amongst the high command to stories and anecdotes from men at the front and civilians. Appropriately harsh on Montgomery, and good coverage of some of the French politicking and command structure difficulties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lewis Hyam | 1/28/2014

    " A long book - worth the read! History, anecdotes, amazing insights to an incredible reality "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vitor Moreira | 11/15/2013

    " Again, Beevor gives us an insight, which gives us the feeling of being watching that fight happening in front of us. The biggest operatio. Ever made in the war, with thousands and thiusands of human lives destroyed, which resulted in the German defeat some months later, couldn't be better told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hans Christian Erlandsen | 11/14/2013

    " Great detail. Good narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Roy | 10/29/2013

    " This book doesn't stop with the invasion, but follows the battles through to the liberation of Paris. It is detailed, and does not sugar coat the events. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 8/2/2013

    " Once again a great Beevor book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clark | 7/28/2013

    " A superb book by a great modern historian. Well-written, balanced, and packed full of information and action. Highly recommended. Should be mandatory reading for all Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BluetheMan | 7/7/2013

    " Really good book if you are into the history of WWII and D-Day. The author really digs into the day to day happenings of both the Colition forces as well as the German forces which gives a great perspective from both sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 12/20/2012

    " One of the best books, Besides Cornelius Ryan's the Longest Day on the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Not only does it cover the Normandy invasion, But other battles fought in France throughout the liberation of Paris in August, 1944. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Rothwell | 5/16/2012

    " Antony Beevor is excellent as always. Just started this and like it muchly. Now finished. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Stinchcomb | 5/14/2012

    " Well written, provided an excellent description of the planning & execution of the greatest amphibious operation in military history... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Lothian | 2/24/2012

    " Another big, big, detailed book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Booth | 9/20/2011

    " Excellent book. Reads like a novel but covers the ground in an awesome manner. I feared that I would battle to get through it but was really sad that it took such a sjhort time to finish. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqui | 6/21/2011

    " Good book but very long - places, names, battles became hard to follow. Needed a huge map of France/Normandy instead of lots of small focused maps of areas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 6/18/2011

    " Really good overview of D-Day. Very comprehensive, covering the activities of the US, British, Canadian, and even German forces during D-Day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Wilson | 5/28/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Very fast paced and riveting. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 5/15/2011

    " Antony Beevor is excellent as always. Just started this and like it muchly. Now finished. Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2011

    " Once again a great Beevor book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 4/23/2011

    " A good survey of the events of D Day but if you are looking for something more in depth you might want to look elsewhere. It often feels like you are just getting a list of events rather than any sort of insight into the how and why of the decisions that were made. Solid, but unremarkable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miguel | 2/25/2011

    " I made it past the beaches but then I got bogged down on the road to Carentan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 2/25/2011

    " An excellent book, well worth reading. Extensive detail but not at all boring. My highest recommendation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/22/2011

    " Antony Beevor's books on WWII never cease to impress me. Very well researched and easy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monte | 2/6/2011

    " revisions continue...admission of killing prisoners...poor leadership of the British...allies won because they had luck and the American industrial backbone "

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About the Author
Author Antony BeevorAntony Beevor is the bestselling author of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, which received the Royal United Services’ Institute Westminster Medal; The Battle for Spain, which received the La Vanguardia Prize; Paris After the Liberation 1944–1949; Stalingrad, winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees’ Award. He is the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Beevor lives in England.
About the Narrator

Cameron Stewart has toured in My Grandfather’s Great War, which was nominated for Best Solo Show by the Stage. He has appeared on television in The Turn of the Screw, All Saints, The Inbetweeners, Home and Away, Fallen Angel, Coronation Street, and Young Lions.