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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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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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By John on 03-11-13

I learned something

Would you listen to D-Day again? Why?

No. I have been listening to audio books for at least 25 years and I have never listened to a book twice. I'm not going to start now.

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

I have read a variety of accounts of D-Day including several books but Ambrose was the first to tell the story of the destroyers which followed our soldiers to Omaha Beach and laid down five inch fire using the targets of the few tanks that made it ashore as guides for fire missions. In the Ambrose version, had one destroyer captain not seized the opportunity to move as close to shore as possible and lay down fire on the German gun emplacements our infantry may never have penetrated the shingle, the sea wall and the the German defenses. As a result of that captain's leadership four or five more destroyers fell in behind his ship and lay down covering fire and fire on specific objectives all without the use of one beach to ship radio. All the radio equipment carried on shore by the infantry had died by drowning in the surf. The Navy watched at first in horror and then one man reacted changing the entire situation. One whale of a story.

Which scene was your favorite?

The Omaha Beach destroyers without doubt.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't think I understood just how ill General Teddy Roosevelt was. Ambrose makes him a character more than a great warrior. Nonetheless he walked with his cane all over Utah Beach organizing some and encouraging a lot without regard for enemy fire. As a result Omar Bradley when asked what courage was said, something to the effect, "Courage was Ted Roosevelt on Utah Beach."

Any additional comments?

I now know something about the Canadian contribution to D-Day.

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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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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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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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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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