In the predawn darkness of D-Day, an elite fighting force struck the first blows against Hitler's Fortress Europe. Braving a hail of enemy gunfire and mortars, bold invaders from the sky descended into the hedgerow country and swarmed the meadows of Normandy. Some would live, some would die, but all would fight with the guts and determination that made them the most famous US Army division in World War II: the 101st Airborne "Screaming Eagles".
George Koskimaki was part of the 101st Airborne's daring parachute landing into occupied France that day. Now, drawing on more than 500 firsthand accounts, Koskimaki re-creates those critical hours in all their ferocity and terror. Told by those who ultimately prevailed - ordinary Americans who faced an extraordinary challenge - D-Day with the Screaming Eagles is the real history of that climactic struggle beyond the beachhead.
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Very long and mostly boring for audiobook
No. The book really needed much tighter editing, especially for audio. Without any maps, it is very hard to keep track of what is going on where (much like the problem the paras had that first night and day). IT jumps so much from one person's story to the next that it is very jumbling. I finally gave up and returned it about 1/4 through. In some ways it is great to hear the personal accounts of all these men, but it does not make for an interesting audio book since the narrator's voice never changes whether in a firefight or eating rations.This could be a good nightstand hard copy book, as you could easily read a few or dozen pages, follow that on a map, then pick it up later. There are just too many short experiences for an audiobook this long.
Actually it could be an interesting film or TV series like "Band of Brothers" which it actually is. Lt. Winters pops up several times in early events.
A better audio production and perhaps a companion file of maps could make this much more interesting. The narrator really needs to put more "moment by moment" life-death tension and excitement in the words.
- R. Denton
A day to never forget in History.