The Miracle of Dunkirk

  • by Walter Lord
  • Narrated by Jeff Cummings
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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Disappointed ... but good Subject

What disappointed you about The Miracle of Dunkirk?

Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Miracle of Dunkirk?

The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Cummings?

Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Miracle of Dunkirk?

Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.


Any additional comments?

Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.

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- Robert "Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance."

Definitive History of the Evacuation

Any additional comments?

Walter Lord does an impressive job of turning the facts and events of the Dunkirk evacuation into a cohesive, sequential story that finely balances relaying the individual experiences with the impersonal reciting of military maneuvers and strategies.Thoroughly researched there can be little doubt to the completeness of this narrative.

Also well done is the balance of telling the stories of the other armies involved; French, Belgian, and German activities are given due space so a complete picture is drawn and the book avoids being too tightly focused on just the British actions.

The only flaw in this audiobook is that the narration will sometimes jarringly change in volume - clearly separate recording sittings being combined mid-paragraph. Otherwise the performance is high quality an well suited to the material.

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- Carson S. "History has all of the most amazing stories ever told. I do not read fiction."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.