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Publisher's Summary

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.
©1994 Stephen E. Ambrose (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Critic Reviews

" 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." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Randy on 12-11-12

This is an awesome story about the greatest day

Where does D-Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book really exposes the greatness of that generation. I fear to say that if we had such a large issue arise today we would not have the numbers of people who would risk it all to deal with the issue.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the detail of the things that went wrong and how those men dealt with the issues, and drove on to complete their mission.

What does Jesse Boggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jesse Boggs read this story in a way that I really think did justice to Ambrose. It almost made me think that Ambrose was reading it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The greatest day in history.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 02-12-14

What an epic story what great men

This is a book over 20 hours long but you could listen to it in one go. It is fantastic. The audible personal histories that a place and the right sections of the book add to the human side of the battle. By the end you know all the beaches, the French towns, the generals and some of the men. You get the overall picture of what happen, why, when and how. The analysis is good and you don't need visual aids to help you with maps, equipment, man power and the like. A well told story, entertaining and interesting. Worth the listen to if only to honour the men who died fighting this battle.Thank god for the yanks, Canadians, Brits and Free French who fought their way into Fortress Europa. Not to forget the non combatants, other nationalities and poor Eastern European conscripts. The story tells it all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By michael on 01-08-17

Very little about the British and Canadians

This was a great audio book and very informative although it was mainly about the yanks! There wasn't much said about the British and Canadian beaches

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. on 12-14-13

D-Day the soldiers view

What made the experience of listening to D-Day the most enjoyable?

Ambrose captured the solider on the ground. Both the chaos and utter horror of that fateful day. Along side the Assault teams, he also shows the struggle in the higher levels of leadership.

What did you like best about this story?

For me the most striking aspect was the sheer bravery of men thrust into and life or death struggle. The chaos of the landing, the paralysing fear and the courage to face one's fears deeply humbled me.

What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

Jesse performs a well read book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Of all my emotions, the most profound is the humbly awareness that these men faced the hell of those beaches to secure the freedom I now enjoy. Thank God for such a generation of men and women.

Any additional comments?

A book well worth the price.

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3 out of 5 stars
By V. Christoforou on 06-28-17

Harrowing & Awe-inspiring

Where does D-Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm a history buff, predominantly historical conflicts and therefore this was of great interest to me. The book was very much along the lines of what I expected. Ambrose is very well researched and can illustrate a scene very vividly. He also brings in a lot of first-hand testimony which is a major plus, to hear the perspective of someone who was actually there. Very often, as we have come to expect from war vets, its quite understated and matter of facts, completely dismissive of the harrowing experiences they were placed in and the incredible feats of bravery they undertook.

All in all it was a great read and I would recommend to anyone interested in WW2 history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of D-Day?

The Omaha beach landing was and its portrayal in the stark terms of the veterans who were there and in their deeds as reported by Ambrose and even the Germans themselves was a real eye-opener and gives you an even greater appreciation for the ordeal.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was mostly OK but at times I thought was a bit too monotone and could get a little difficult to follow.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book should if nothing else allow the reader to reflect on the nature of sacrifice and the human condition that is war. It is emotional at times but ultimately factual in nature.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dave Vane on 11-22-16

A great story with occasional irritations

A well researched and generally very enjoyable book with a great deal of detail about how troops were armed, provisioned and led. Individual's accouts are fascinating. Personal insights lift this above a dull history book.

However, the author's apparently poor opinion of the average English solider is evident on many occasions.

Also the mispronunciation of English place names by the narrator became quite annoying and detracted from the overall enjoyment of the book.

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