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D-Day

The Battle for Normandy
Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor, read by Cameron Stewart.

The Normandy landings that took place on D-day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front.

As casualties mounted, so, too, did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of liberation had their darker side. Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.

©2009 Antony Beevor (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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brilliant book but please drop the accents

As always Antony Beevor delivers a magisterial study, beautifully written. Cameron Stewart reads it well, at just the right pitch and pace, EXCEPT for the stereotypical accents he adopts when reading dialogue. The German sounds like something from Hogan's Heroes, the French from 'Allo Allo and, as a born-and-bred Belfast man, I just cringed each time he tried a north of Ireland accent. unnecessary, Mr Stewart. Highly recommended. I agree with another reviewer; even though I've visited the Normandy battlefields 6 times now, I found a detailed map really useful when listening to help me place the action in context, and understand the interactions between the different sectors at any given point.

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First attempt at history on tape.

Wasn't sure about the accents to start with but realised they did help when jumping between quotes.

It's very hard to keep track of statistics without a notepad to write them down! Not that they mattered much to the overall book.

Hardest part for me was not having the references to support the content, which is clearly a down side of a narrated history book. A podcast which is intended for audio will references items out loud.

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comprehensive account of d-day through to Paris.

Really good. Overview of all military actions, peppered with stories of success, failure, bitter comedy and horror. Finished the book with a far greater understanding of the subject than I started with.

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Don’t worry about the negativity re accents

Having read many reviews complaining about the accents used by the narrator, I nearly didn’t listen to this book. I am so pleased I chose to ignore them.
Superbly written and researched, it bought the story of DDay to life.

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And I always thought we Brits were involved with the D Day invasion!

I listened to the whole of this book which IS brilliantly narrated. My conclusion is that it has short changed our brave and innovative British Forces in favour of the Americans. Montgomery was apparently a very nasty fellow. De Gaulle it seems liberated Paris single handed. My father in the Royal Engineers who participated in this staggering event must have lied to me about what went on when I was a baby aged two. UK literally bleed it to death in it's determination to get rid of Nazis but this book majorly underplays UK's part in D Day and beyond.

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Thorough to a fault

Thorough to a fault, with its endless mantra of regiment names, but at it's best when anecdotal or illuminating statistics. You will need a good map of Normandy to follow events or much will be fairly meaningless.

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Antony Beevor excellent as usual

gives a real feeling of how people behave in that dreadful situation and the dynamics failures and successes of leadership .

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Terrible.

The accents are the worst I've ever heard on an audio book. I tried to ignore them but gave up at chapter 10. Beevor is great historian but the narration is absolutely terrible. I'm furious and will demand my money back.

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Detailed account but not as good as Stalingrad

Anthony Beevor is a leading military historian whose works on Stalingrad and Berlin are excellent.
This is a detailed account not just of D Day but of the campaign in France until the liberation of Paris.However, at times it lacks analysis.
The narration was spoiled by the narrator's use of accents which were not merely unnecessary but unintentionally comical at times, which detracted from the serious nature of the subject matter

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Great book and even better nattoration. Excellent

The success of this book is all in its small details and Cameron Stewart excels in bringing to life the story and the people.

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  • Christian Jorgensen
  • 03-08-17

Great, detailed and compelling

Would you consider the audio edition of D-Day to be better than the print version?

The main hurdle of the audio edition is that you (or, at least, I) need to get a hold of a map to follow the often very detailed movements of troops.

What other book might you compare D-Day to and why?

This is a great supplement to Beevor's book on The Second World War.

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

Cameron Stewart is a great narrator. The one thing I personally dislike is the "fake accents" he does when quoting sources, but I suppose that is down to personal taste.

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

When the narrator consistently called the Leibstandarte SS for the Liebstandarte (Lieb means love in German).

Any additional comments?

A great and compelling story. Highly recommendable.