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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,020 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey M. Shaara, Jeff Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9781415948170
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Jeff Shaara, America’s premier author of military historical fiction, brings us the centerpiece of his epic trilogy of the Second World War. 

General Dwight Eisenhower once again commands a diverse army that must find its single purpose in the destruction of Hitler’s European fortress. His primary subordinates, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery, must prove that this unique blend of Allied armies can successfully confront the might of Adolf Hitler’s forces, who have already conquered Western Europe. On the coast of France, German commander Erwin Rommel fortifies and prepares for the coming invasion, acutely aware that he must bring all his skills to bear on a fight his side must win. But Rommel’s greatest challenge is to strike the Allies on his front, while struggling behind the lines with the growing insanity of Adolf Hitler, who thwarts the strategies Rommel knows will succeed. 

Meanwhile, Sergeant Jesse Adams, a no-nonsense veteran of the 82nd Airborne, parachutes with his men behind German lines into a chaotic and desperate struggle. And as the invasion force surges toward the beaches of Normandy, Private Tom Thorne of the 29th Infantry Division faces the horrifying prospects of fighting his way ashore on a stretch of coast more heavily defended than the Allied commanders anticipate–Omaha Beach. 

From G.I. to general, this story carries the reader through the war’s most crucial juncture, the invasion that altered the flow of the war, and, ultimately, changed history.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/20/2014

    " doesn't bring the same poetry to the work that his father did, but still an entertaining page-turner about the normandy invasion. i thought the rommel chapters were perhaps the most interesting while the adams chapters really bogged down in the details. turns out hedgerow country makes life difficult for generals, soldiers ... and authors. the character developments and dialogue seemed really contrived and forced. although by definition the genre requires this, i expected a more compelling, interesting set of characters than we have received. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/7/2014

    " It will suck you in and cause you to buy all his d*mn hardcovers! He's good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 2/4/2014

    " This is a fascinating book. It is a history of the Normandy Invasion, when the allies landed on the coast of France during WWII. It is told from both the persepective of the Allied Command and the German army commanders. Although based on fact, it is written in a very accessible way,turning history into a living breathing thing. I was completely immersed into that incredible period of human history, where although I knew what the eventual outcome would be,I still felt suspense and the huge weight of the war effort.Insightful and fascinating look into the machine of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/31/2014

    " Amazing. Sharra is a wizard at combining the horror and the humanity of war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariah Steinmetz | 1/30/2014

    " Love, Love, Love it. Can't wait to read #3. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting reading overall, though a bit tedious in its' overdevelopment of some of the characters without really giving the reader any insight into their true contributions to the war effort. "

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

    " Excellent writing. I also really enjoyed how Mr. Shaara described both sides of the conflict. The reason "The Steel Wave" received four stars from me was the amount of profanity that was used through the book. Otherwise a five star piece of work. "

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

    " This was the second part of Shaara's three part series on WWII. He tells the story of the Normandy invasion from the paratrooper's point of view on the Allied side, and also explores Rommel & Eisenhower and their command of the war. Once again the gold standard for historical fiction about American wars, I thought this was well written though not quite as exciting as some of the other books he has written. Overall a solid read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Donecker | 1/15/2014

    " Again this is written as a first persons account by many different participants! Great Historical novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberto Chavez | 1/11/2014

    " Book is ok. If you don't know much about WWII, this is a good book that will illustrate many things. However, there's not much new here for those who already follow WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/6/2014

    " This was a very informative read, but not a very emotional read. So much information had to be crammed in between the covers that some of the character that his other novels have had was lost. I'm still a huge fan, and look forward to the conclusion to this trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 1/1/2014

    " As all of his books -- should be required reading for all. He and his father are master storytellers that bring history to life! It doesn't get any better than this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Murray | 1/1/2014

    " A very good book with fact and fiction mixed in thru out the whole story. There are some parts of the book that do get kind of slow but the slow parts help you grasp a better understanding of the whole story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vince Carter | 12/30/2013

    " This is wonderfully fictionalized depiction of the D-Day landing in World War II from the perspective of soldiers on both sides. Just as captured in Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, one comes away just in never-diminishing awe at the bravery and self-sacrifice of so many. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Cowing | 12/15/2013

    " My kind of book, very good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 6/22/2013

    " This book is the fiction equalivant of "The Longest Day". If you like WWII history this book is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/29/2013

    " Excellent work of historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Ybarra | 11/24/2012

    " Highly recommended - even if you don't consider yourself a WWII buff (I'm certainly not). The book is very engaging, and I really enjoyed hearing from many different perspectives and parts of the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 10/1/2012

    " Love Shaara's (both of them) accounts of historical events. Always have. Looking forward to the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcus Lynn | 9/27/2012

    " More history than fiction...it reads like a novel. This one was not as good as his previous in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristie | 7/2/2012

    " Again, I enjoyed learning about D Day and WW II. I went and watched Saving Private Ryan just to get a visual of the events (then I asked myself why I wanted that visual). It is amazing that any one survived. It's good to be reminded and be thankful for those who have fought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2012

    " Second book in this trilogy of World War II. I just really liked this book and found it so intereting to have his interpretation as to the famous people involved. I will have to wait a while for the next book as this one just came out in May. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/7/2011

    " F'ing awesome. All of Jeff Shaara's books have been building up to this storytelling moment - the Normandy invasion. I think his narrative has been taken up a notch by being able to actually interview people as part of his research. I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordy | 4/27/2011

    " Excellent writing. I also really enjoyed how Mr. Shaara described both sides of the conflict. The reason "The Steel Wave" received four stars from me was the amount of profanity that was used through the book. Otherwise a five star piece of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/11/2011

    " The second in the Europe WWII trilogy. (See my comments on The Rising Tide) Deals with the invasion at Normandy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 3/24/2011

    " Fantastic. I couldn't recommend it more highly. It seems to me to be the best way to learn a few things about history - with a novelization of it, I didn't have to give up my love for good fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 1/17/2011

    " Volume II of the trilogy. Kept me quite entertained after knee surgery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J.K. | 1/9/2011

    " Shaara doesn't disappoint at all. Some people gave this one a bad review. I think it was well done. Im working my way through all his war fiction novels. This one was engaging from the first word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/9/2010

    " Great book however his writings on the American Revolution were better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/7/2010

    " This book is better than the first and its just warming up. Can't wait to finish it. "

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About the Author

Jeff Shaara is the New York Times bestselling author of A Blaze of Glory, The Final Storm, No Less Than Victory, The Steel Wave, The Rising Tide, To the Last Man, The Glorious Cause, Rise to Rebellion, and Gone for Soldiers, as well as Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure—two novels that complete the Civil War trilogy that began with his father’s Pulitzer Prize–winning classic, The Killer Angels. Shaara was born into a family of Italian immigrants in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and graduated from Florida State University.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.