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Would you try another book from Robert Murphy and/or Stephen Bowlby?
Likely not. It was very mechanical. In some ways I suppose that could not be helped given the subject and the use of personal diaries or journals to tell most of the stories.
Would you recommend No Better Place to Die to your friends? Why or why not?
Only if they: 1. Have an extreme interest in WWII. 2. Have an even greater interest in the Battle for Normandy. 3. Have actually been to Normandy and have seen the places in the book.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Overall the narrator was not unpleasant and his voice had a good cadence and tone. However, I really disliked the way he would pronounce the French villages and the inflection he would use when he did it. It's not that he tried a corny French accent. It just would have been better if he didn't try say them using the French pronunciation. It would have sounded better to just say them like an American does.
Could you see No Better Place to Die being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No, I think it's too cut up. As an overall account it had no real flow to it because its an amalgamation of short stories that, while interesting for someone like me, just wouldn't make a good screen play.
Any additional comments?
I am an extreme WWII reader/listener and I have always been drawn to the Battle for Normandy. If I hadn't been to see the places written about in this book I doubt I would have liked it at all. I will likely listen to the book again just to see if it was worth it based on what I learned from it? That said, the book is hyper detailed at times and will likely turn off most listeners who just want to hear a fluid account of what occurred on and after 6 June 1944.
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