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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen E. Ambrose Narrator: Stephen E. Ambrose Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1994 ISBN: 9780743518758
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They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand grenades, shooting .22s at rabbits, not M-1s at other men. But when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought.
They were soldiers of democracy.
They were the men of D-Day.

When Hitler declared war on the United States, he bet that the young men brought up in the Hitler Youth would outfight the youngsters brought up in the Boy Scouts. Now, in this magnificent retelling of the war's most climactic battle, acclaimed Eisenhower biographer and World War II historian Stephen E. Ambrose tells how wrong Hitler was.
Drawing on hundreds of oral histories as well as never-before-available information from around the world, Ambrose tells the true story of how the Allies broke through Hitler's Atlantic Wall, revealing that the intricate plan for the invasion had to be abandoned before the first shot was fired. Focusing on the 24 hours of June 6, 1944, D-Day brings to life the stories of the men and women who made history -- from top Allied and Axis strategic commanders to the citizen soldiers whose heroic initiative saved the day.
From high-level politics to hand-to-hand combat, from winner-take-all strategy to survival under fire, here is history more gripping than any thriller -- the epic story of democracy's victory over totalitarianism. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • D-Day is mostly about people, but goes even further in evoking the horror, the endurance, the daring and indeed, the human failings at Omaha Beach…Outstanding.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Reading this history, you can understand why for so many of its participants, despite all the death surrounding them, life revealed itself in that moment at that place.” 

    New York Times

  • “Historians and public alike should be profoundly grateful to Ambrose…for assembling this comprehensive and permanent record that will be forever a resource for remembering Normandy.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Packed with drama and information, never losing sight of the horrors of combat, Ambrose’s D-Day is the best book yet on what many historians consider to be the most important day of the twentieth century.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Roy | 2/19/2014

    " Excellent book on D-Day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Bluerock | 2/18/2014

    " Though I enjoyed reading about many of the individual accounts of D-Day in this book, I didn't like the way Ambrose pieced them together. It just kept going and going.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hari | 2/14/2014

    " fantastic book for the most part. It offers a fascinating look at the individuals that took part in the battle...towards the end, it gets a little repetitive, but overall offers some great insights into the personalities that shaped D-Day "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nate Vrchota | 2/6/2014

    " its was about all the details of the D Day ivasion "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 1/29/2014

    " D day takes the reader to the front line. As you read this book, you are in the fox holes with the men vicariously living their harrowing experiences. Excellent book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Baker | 1/28/2014

    " A great book that details the difficulties faced by allied forces in order to land, capture, and hold the beaches of Normandy. I especially liked the comparison of the opposing generals(Eisenhower and Rommel). A must read book for anyone who is interested in WWII and the struggles men faced to secure freedom for our time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/19/2014

    " I found this book confusing at times (all the a cronyms) but it really gave me a feel for D-Day. I was crying on the bus folks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan Sweeney | 1/5/2014

    " Stephen Ambrose was one of the premier Historians of the 20th century. I heartily recommend all of his Histories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 1/5/2014

    " Very well written narrative of Operation Overlord. Ambrose makes it clear, interesting and relatable. I listened to this book and it unfortunately was an abridgement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 12/16/2013

    " The book was a little too technical for my tastes, but it's still a great read on WWII history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 José | 11/17/2013

    " The definite account of this important event! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent Meikle | 11/9/2013

    " A great book on the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 11/6/2013

    " It's WWII!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Jr. | 11/3/2013

    " There is no WWII historian better than Ambrose. If June 6, 1944 was the biggest day in World War II, then I suppose this is the biggest book about that day. Just amazing good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale | 10/23/2013

    " Ambrose is great and this is perhaps the definitive book on D-Day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyler | 10/12/2013

    " This book gives me great information about D-Day, but i was a little disspapointed because i was thinking it was going to be a first person view not a documentry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 10/6/2013

    " One of my first experiences reading about WWII, and reading Ambrose. It was pretty good, but suffers from Ambrose's typical heroics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/17/2013

    " Really interesting to get a total overview of what happened that day from different points of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/26/2013

    " Ambrose is pretty good at the larger view, but he dips too often into individual soldier stories that comes across as a little to inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/24/2012

    " Very fact heavy. I have read this book a couple of time to refresh my memory on the subject. Ambrose writing style in my mind is very dry. That being said his books have carved out a great may details about the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 11/11/2012

    " A complicated story to read, but so worthwhile. What these men accomplished was remarkable - world changing. Very worthwhile read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/2/2012

    " Read this book leading up to a trip to Normandy. I finished it on the plane. A great study of D-Day and Normandy conquest. A must read for anyone who wants to walk the beaches and understand the sacrifice given to ensure victory. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catrena Naccarato | 10/28/2012

    " Great book on the details of D-Day. Extremely sad. Our greatest generation at its finest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Truong | 8/25/2012

    " A good read overall, but the portion about the individual soldiers is very detailed and monotonous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Dean | 8/8/2012

    " Enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/14/2011

    " Anything by Ambrose is top notch history! "

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

    " Great HIstorical read. I learned a lot about WWII and what led up to D-Day, and Enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 8/20/2011

    " What an amazing combination of historical fact and personal feelings. Astonishingly well written piece if history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Belanger | 8/11/2011

    " I found this book fascinating, but at 583 pages it's probably a little too much D-Day for all but the most ardent WWII buffs! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregg | 5/14/2011

    " My respect for those in World War II has gone up significantly since reading this book. It's amazing to read the stories of the near impossible situations the Allies faced on D-Day, and yet still achieved their objective. If you are interested in stories of World War II, this is an excellent book. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/26/2011

    " "Great Details on what went into the strategy of D-Day. The thick plans that were created and then what actually happend." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 2/28/2011

    " Stephen Ambrose is among my favorite historians, and D-day is among my favorite historical topics. This book absolutely thrilled me from start to finish. The method, based on oral interviews with over a thousand veterans, results in solid history that leaps off the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joris | 2/28/2011

    " It's more about the Americans then the Brits so can hardly be called definitive but if you want to know about the Americans in D-Day, read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 2/28/2011

    " the second best book i've read on the normandy invasion behind only the longest day, it's incredibly detailed, great read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 2/17/2011

    " this book describes details you have to know that will never be in a movie because those details are too hard to describe and are more important than the action taking place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/14/2011

    " I read this book slowly to absorb the incredible amount of detail packed into the pages. I don't know how many times I felt my eyes become wet while reading this. Very moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " This book was written by the good version of Stephen Ambrose. He did an excellent job of conveying the enormous challenges the allies faced planning and executing Operation Overlord. One of the best books I've read about WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 2/3/2011

    " This is such a great book if you want an accurate look into what happened on that great and terrible day. Also, part of it is what the movie Saving Private Ryan was based on as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 1/27/2011

    " A gripping account of one of the most important days in the history of the world. If you liked Ambrose's "Band of Brothers" you will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.J.K. | 1/9/2011

    " Its a very stout book. (for lack of better words). Starts slow which is hard for me, I like books that grab my attention right away...but very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 12/26/2010

    " The best book on D-Day I have ever read. Stephen Ambrose is amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B | 12/22/2010

    " Interesting, deep deep book and hard to digest all at once. Took a while to sift through the data and ever piling layers of information. But interesting to read as it it accounts both sides, leading up and the after math, of a time period I can not imagine living through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 12/19/2010

    " Very well written narrative of Operation Overlord. Ambrose makes it clear, interesting and relatable. I listened to this book and it unfortunately was an abridgement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/14/2010

    " Excellent account of the historic battle, by the leading historian on the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olyj | 12/10/2010

    " Stephen Ambrose is an excellent historian and story teller. I have enjoyed his books very much. "

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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.