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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: Jeff Shaara, Jeffrey M. Shaara Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Beth | 1/31/2014

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

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