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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,024 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff Shaara, Jeffrey M. Shaara Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/20/2014

    " Geez... I'm loving this WWII series... Can't wait to get the 3rd book of the trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josh | 2/8/2014

    " I never studied a great deal about World War II, so much of what this book covers was very new to me. The characters in the book are real people (many having left personal journals or having been interviewed by the author) and so there is always the sense that nothing is being exaggerated and everything is described pretty much as it actually happened. The book covers the events that happened around D-Day, in June 1944, as the Allied troops struggled to gain a foothold in France. However, the story is told from the perspective of actual people, like General Eisenhower and other soldiers from the US and Britain, and Rommel and others from Germany, so it reads like a novel, not a history textbook. "

  • 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 1/20/2014

    " I love Jeff Shaara's books. I always learn so much about so many brave men and all of the factors that have influenced history. This books is about the Allied invasion of Normandy and the liberation of France. As seen through the eyes of the Eisenhower, Patton and Rommel, I understood all of the factors that were faced by the soldiers. I especially loved the accounts of the paratroopers as they fought their way through France. This book is especially meaningful to me, as my own grandfather took part in the liberation of France and was forced to engage in hand to hand combat in the French hedgerow country that the book talks so much about. "

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