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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Arnhem by Antony Beevor, read by Sean Barrett.

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power.

Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept: the Americans thought it unusually bold for Field Marshal Montgomery. But could it ever have worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch, who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel and lasted until the end of the war.

The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this book, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.

©2018 Antony Beevor (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

For years a lot of shameful nonsense had been written about the role of the Polish brigade and Gen. Sosabowski. In recent years it was the veterans of the British 1st Airborne that led the way in restoring the unfairly tarnished reputation of the General and his men (ironically Sosabowski was at one point asked to lead the division, but refused as he felt it would compromise the potential use of his brigade in Poland). This book does them justice.

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Excellent book

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having studied Arnhem a little over the years, watched "A Bridge too Far" many times as well, this book really put some meat to the bone. If you have any interest in Market Garden then this book will not disappoint. I note an earlier comment on the accents within the book and personally I found them quite acceptable, just to address some balance there.

I'm going to listen to Stalingrad next.

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Clear, and insightful

The truly poor quality of Britain’s senior generals beggars belief.

While the high quality of field commanders, soldiers , and Dutch civilians is the exceptional. All the more poignant for the contras between the m.

The self grandisment at one end and incredible self sacrifice at the other.

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  • C I H
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • 26-06-18

Time for the Truth....

Incredible story that portrays, the execution and the unfolding of Arnhem brought to life by Sean Barrett ( I can listen to this man all day). For all interested parties American, English, German and Polish this epic story presents all sides and worts an all, compelling listening, I loved it.

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Another Beevor classic

This book is essential reading for anyone interested in military history. Antony Beevor displays his formidable narrative and analytical skills in his account of the Arnhem offensive. The book is very well read by Sean Barrett.

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The best Market Garden Book?

Lots of books have been written but this must be one of the best with an even handed approach to the good and bad bits of the abilities of US, Brit and German forces ( Not forgetting the Dutch and Poles) . Its an easy listen as well ( I have only listened not read it ).

Make your own decisions was it a good plan or a really poor one?

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Can't beat Anthony Beevor

This was a fairly good audiobook. I'm a massive fan of Anthony Beevor and although not as great or memorable as sone of his other works it's still an essential listen for anyone interested in military history.

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excellent if you have not read other accounts

very good performance, well researched and written but as I have read many account previously, this only added a little to what I had already read.

So if you are new to the story - it is excellent
if not then it will be enjoyable rather than revalatory.

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Great book & great narrator

Understated but gripping. This book gives a pacey but detailed narrative of a significant point of WW2.
Antony Beevor gives insight into a well known but often poorly portrayed period of history. It is packed with contemporary accounts and yet avoids the commonly found fault of being merely a catalogue of diary entries. As usual Sean Barrett gives a terrific performance - long may he continue to reign as audiobook reader supreme.

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Arnhem

I really enjoyed this book and learned a great deal more about this important subject.

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  • JonathanG
  • 27-07-18

Well Told Story of The Battle of Arnhem

A major battle of World War 2 which the allies lost for various reasons the book highlights. The plight of the Dutch people during the occupation by German forces and after the batrle is well told. A good book worth reading if you are interested in military matters and this battle.

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  • 09-06-18

Very good description of the battle and background

Very good description of the battle and background with a sprinkel of personal stories.
Not too gory but precise depiction of an sometimes horrifying situation/situasjons.
Good narrator, quite dry but likable good and precise.