• The Longest Day

  • June 6, 1944
  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-02-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (557 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The classic account of the Allied invasion of Normandy....
The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.
This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.
©1959 Cornelius Ryan; 1987 by Kathryn Morgan Ryan, Victoria Ryan Baida, and Geoffrey J. M. Ryan (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“What I write about is not war but the courage of man.” (Cornelius Ryan)
“Fifty years from now, the history of D-day, I am sure, will lean heavily on this book.” ( New York Times Book Review)
“A dramatic, moving masterpiece, a living memorial to the men who died, and as suspenseful as the most gripping mystery story.” ( Chicago Sunday Tribune)
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Customer Reviews

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4 out of 5 stars
By pratalife on 07-22-12

Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it

Any additional comments?

Have you seen the movie? They make such a prominent statement in the opening credits that it is "based on the book by Cornelius Ryan" that I've always had a mind to read it.

After all, while the story is epic, the movie just "tries too hard" in parts. Isn't the breaching of Fortress Europe enough of a plot? No! Movie-goers also need a schmaltzy love story too. Surely the book can't be that contrived?

The good news is that it is not. It shares the "tell a story through a mosaic of slice-of-life vignettes" approach, yet does it with compelling integrity. It is gritty and unrelenting; sometimes poignant, but always authentic. The book's most rewarding and fascinating aspect is how it shows in rich detail the diverse impact of action and inaction, decision and indecision - and often just plain luck - in the final outcome of the day.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 03-18-12

Horrendous narration makes it impossible to listen

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different narration.

What didn’t you like about Clive Chafer’s performance?

Every sentence dragged on with the exact same rhythm. How can you make such
interesting material so impossible to bear????

Any additional comments?

This is one of the saddest disappointments I have ever experienced on Audible.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By PAUL on 10-20-15

Great author but......

Would you listen to The Longest Day again? Why?

No. Great story but terrible narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Narration is robotic and after a ten minute listen will drive you crazy with irritation.

Any additional comments?

Great author. I listened to another title called 'The Last Battle' about the fall of Berlin and it was sensational. This title is of an interest to me but sadly I've stopped listening after one hour because of the terrible narration. Don't waste your money.

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4 out of 5 stars
By tansy on 09-11-14

You have to give it 5 stars..but

Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pleased I've got it

What other book might you compare The Longest Day to, and why?

Band of Brothers

Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?


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

Kept me listening

Any additional comments?

We live in the heart of the D Day Landings, 4 miles from Carentan & Ste Mere Eglise...I've seen the movie loads of times, I know the history, individual battles and stories...it's always been a book I've meant to read...so audible releasing it is perfect as I listen to books as I iron the linens for our 4 vacation rentals here...oh boy do I wish you had got someone to read this with less of a Mr Bean sounding voice.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By blake stacpoole on 07-13-15

A fine book indeed

A fine book indeed. I would highly recommend this and all of Ryan's works to anyone.

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