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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cornelius Ryan Narrator: Clive Chafer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Classic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A true classic of World War II history…When [this] book was first published in 1959, it was tremendously successful, establishing many of the legends of D-day that endure in the public’s mind. Ryan was enormously skillful at weaving small personal stories into the overall narrative…Not only is The Longest Day a pleasure to read, but subsequent historians, dutifully noting its accuracy, have relied heavily on Ryan’s research for their own accounts. In short, the book is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the D-day invasion.”

    Amazon.com editorial review

  • “Besides being a solid history of the event, this is also a portrait of the people who lived it. One of the best books on the subject, this is essential for all academic and public libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “When you read The Longest Day you will know why I chose, despite great difficulties, to turn this story of heroism, tragedy, and humor into a motion picture.”

    Darryl F. Zanuck, American producer

  • “If you have read all the accounts of D-day or none of them, if you were in the fighting or on the sidelines, you will be spellbound, as I was, by this magnificent retelling of a glorious and tragic story.”

    Lt. Gen. James Gavin

  • Winner of the 1959 Cornelius Ryan Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ray Stafford | 2/20/2014

    " one of my favorite books ever, shows the decisions that influenced the outcome of the war from both sides of the conflict "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt Hartzell | 2/10/2014

    " A true history classic. The Longest Day gives a detailed look at the invasion of Normandy, from both the US and German perspectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 1/27/2014

    " The author weaves personal stories of D-Day participants (American, British, German, and French; civilians and military) into a well-researched account of how the military leaders on both sides handled the attack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Constantine | 1/17/2014

    " Classic, must read for anyone interested in the amazing events of June 6, 1944. "

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About the Author
Author Cornelius Ryan

Cornelius Ryan (1920–1974), born in Dublin, Ireland, became one of the preeminent war correspondents of his time, flying fourteen bombing missions with the US Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. He is the author of numerous books, including several classics of military history, which have appeared throughout the world in nineteen languages. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1973.