• Oradour: Villages des Martyrs

  • By: James Stephens
  • Narrated by: Robert V. Gallant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-29-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Stephen Briggs
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

At the heart of the Haute Vienne region of France, there is a village some 10 km from Limoges. The name of this village is Oradour sur Glane. On the 10th of June, 1944, this quaint village was the scene of a barbaric massacre, at the hands of the evil Nazis. Over 150 heavily armed SS soldiers entered this peaceful village and rounded up 642 men, women, and children. After hearing false reports that they were part of the resistance movement, upon orders, these vile men systematically murdered these innocent civilians, with few survivors! Before fleeing the scene, they torched the village, in an attempt to erase the atrocities. Under orders of France's General de Gaulle, the remains of the village have been preserved, as a reminder of what happened on that fateful day.
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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 05-27-16

Well written and narrated!

Would you listen to Oradour: Villages des Martyrs again? Why?

Yes! The story is tragic, but told in good detail. The narrator's ability to pronounce the French words within the text added to the feel of being in France, where the story took place. Bravo!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Salui on 05-04-16

Well done

To this day I regret not going to Oradour the last time I was in France. But this book has brought this martyred village back to life. The reader is quite excellent as he tells the story of this doomed village and its inhabitants as the German threat looms over them. To say I enjoyed this book would be incorrect. Rather, I was captivated.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Carnegie on 09-01-16

Orodour as a real village.

The horrific story is told without over dramatisation. The lives of its inhabitants before that fateful day are presented; First Communions and Christmases, old fellows in the café, Spanish/Catalan republicans, refugees from Alsace-Lorraine, peasants and schoolchildren.
The SS account of events is included, fair enough, since de Gaulle's France tended to its own interpretation of history, but it doesn't sound very convincing!
Best of all the narrator does pronounce French and other European language properly and has a North American accent which is light and easy to hear, so there's non of that wincing I get with some narrators who seem to make a point of honour of mangling European names.

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