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The full inside story of one of the golden moments of World War II.On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is based on hundreds of interviews with survivors of all nations who fought among the sand dunes of northern France.
©1982 Walter Lord; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"Walter Lord is a master of historical narration, compelling his reader to feel as if he were present...as a participant in the events described." (The Wall Street Journal)
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By Eve Grissom on 05-08-17

Sold On The Miracle Of Dunkirk

The only reasons I purchased this book were because of the movie about Dunkirk that premieres next month and the book's highest average rating. I wasn't sure what to expect due to the topic. The narrator was lively and "personable" as if relaying a story he new rather than reading and the book itself was exceptionally well written. The book itself was history told through macro and micro perspectives which demonstrated how an incredibly botched withdrawal operation did indeed turn out to be a miracle.

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By KM on 08-14-17

Book is better than the movie!!

What made the experience of listening to The Miracle of Dunkirk the most enjoyable?

I thought the way the events were detailed was well done. I had seen the preview for the movie and it looked compelling, which is what led me to seek out this book. The book was so fascinating and read as a novel. I was hugely disappointed in the movie because it didn't convey the enormity of this undertaking and left out so much of the humanity involved. This book did not disappoint!

What other book might you compare The Miracle of Dunkirk to and why?

I don't think I've read another book like this.

What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I found his voice entertaining to listen to and I wouldn't be able to read the book while accomplishing other things. I listen to audible books because I fall asleep while reading and I don't have time to just sit down and read.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were so many interesting characters in the book, so no one moment particularly moved me.

Any additional comments?

The Miracle of Dunkirk does justice to the monumental task of the rescue of almost 400,000 men. It is well written and the narrator kept me engrossed. I would HIGHLY recommend this book.

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By Amy on 05-19-17

Fascinating!

A wonderful insight into one of the most astounding events in our history. Full of personal accounts, and reports of how events played out. However, Sometimes it doesn't really convey the scope of the Fear and terror that would mostly likely have been experienced there. The narrator was excellent but I found the American accent a bit distracting from the distinctly British story at first, it took a bit of getting used to at the start.

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By I WHITE on 02-27-16

My Father survived.

Brilliant book. Pity no English or British reader was available. This poor American chap struggled with pronunciation! Still a great read.

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By Tim on 12-03-17

The genuineness of HUMANUTY

Heroics, stamina, fortitude, solidarity, oneness, greatness,
overall the miracles which come from a great and awesome God.
Nothing about God in the book but one can see His hand in this.

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