• Decision in Normandy

  • By: Carlo D’Este
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-29-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Field Marshal Montgomery’s battle plan for Normandy, following the D-day landings on June 6, 1944, resulted in one of the most controversial campaigns of the Second World War. Carlo D’Este’s acclaimed book gives the fullest possible account of the conception and execution of Montgomery’s plan, with all its problems and complexities. It brings to light information from diaries, papers, and letters that were not available in Montgomery’s lifetime and draws on interviews with senior officers who were involved in the campaign and have refrained from speaking out until now.
This is military history at its most dramatic and destined to become the definitive account of the Normandy campaign.
Carlo D’Este retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of lieutenant colonel to write full time. Among his books are Bitter Victory; Warlord: A Life of Churchill at War, 1874–1945; Patton: A Genius for War; World War II in the Mediterranean, 1942–1945; and Eisenhower: Allied Supreme Commander.
©1983 1994, 2004 by Carlo D’Este (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Superb…An extraordinarily careful and provocative study of the Normandy campaign.” (Max Hastings,  New York Times bestselling author)
“The best-researched, best-written account [of the Normandy campaign] I have ever read.” ( New York Times Book Review)
“A fresh perspective on the leadership of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and the Allied landings after D-day.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 10-05-14

Good history choice to listen to

What did you love best about Decision in Normandy?

Typically I avoid listening to history books as I'm listening on the drive to an from work and there are so many map references it's hard to follow along. Since this book was of a narrow focus there were few places to look up. If you're a history buff you won't even need to do that much.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Nj Amoore on 06-10-13

Great meta-narrative of a tough campaign.

Would you consider the audio edition of Decision in Normandy to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare Decision in Normandy to and why?

D-Day by Anthony Beevor; Max Hastings' Overlord

Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the interplay between Montgomery and his subordinates in the battle for Caen.

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


Any additional comments?

D'Este achieves what few have - an impartial and reasoned view of Montgomery. Given all the controversy around the man, this was refreshing. Also, Tom Weiner's performance was exceptional.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 05-19-13

A detailed analysis of the post D-Day struggle

This book though controversial upon publication has become the standard interpretation of the struggle from Caen to Falaise and the irritations between the Allied Commanders. I believe Carlo D'Este has put forward a fair and unbiased summary of events with painstaking analysis. The crux of the thesis is unfortunately that Monty was rather mendacious in cementing his image for posterity. The sad realisation for me was that many military commanders ( and perhaps the most effective) are ultimately driven by ego and a desire for a place in dusty history books and many have to die to appease this appetite. That said, I am grateful to Monty, Bradley, Patton and Ike, and all those who served and to rid Europe of Nazism. The book concentrates on strategy and interpersonal relationships and the reader will need to avail himself of maps to familiarise himself with the events and movements of those evocative names Villers Bocage, Goodwood, Epsom, Charnwood and Cobra.
The narrator stumbles occasionally on the pronunciation of French place names and acronyms but I guess many US troops did just the same. He also has trouble with the cadence of military literature and exposition but I found it a riveting listen none the less.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Mike Whitaker on 06-18-14

Loads of historical content let down by narration

Would you try another book written by Carlo D'Este or narrated by Tom Weiner?

Author yes, narrator no.

What other book might you compare Decision in Normandy to, and why?

I dunno about compare to, but it's a good companion to say a Max Hastings or similar book about the Normandy campaign, as it covers the high-level military decisions and interactions, which a lot of the other books don't.

What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

Frequently impossible to tell where narration ends and quoting someone starts. Reading was deathly dull, with very little light and shade, and very poor at pausing for section and chapter breaks. Quite spoiled what would have been an excellent book.

Any additional comments?

The recording that made me appreciate the art of narrating an audio book. Sadly for all the wrong reasons.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kevin on 03-06-18

A biased repetitive diatribe

I found the book repetitive, biased (not only did Monty falsely claim that Normandy evolved to his plan, but all British generals and soldiers were nigh worthless) and with major extrapolations (one soldier failed... All British soldiers failed type extrapolations). Very little mention of the US forces. Bradley and Patton would be proud.

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