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D-Day

Narrated by: Giles Milton
Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Summary

Almost 75 years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.

An epic battle that involved 156,000 men, 7,000 ships and 20,000 armoured vehicles, the desperate struggle that unfolded on 6 June 1944 was, above all, a story of individual heroics - of men who were driven to keep fighting until the German defences were smashed and the precarious beachheads secured. Their authentic human story - Allied, German, French - has never fully been told.

Giles Milton's bold new history narrates the day's events through the tales of survivors from all sides: the teenage Allied conscript, the crack German defender, the French resistance fighter. From the military architects at Supreme Headquarters to the young schoolboy in the Wehrmacht's bunkers, D-Day: The Soldiers' Story lays bare the absolute terror of those trapped in the frontline of Operation Overlord. It also gives voice to those hitherto unheard - the French butcher's daughter, the Panzer Commander's wife, the chauffeur to the General Staff.

This vast canvas of human bravado reveals 'the longest day' as never before - less as a masterpiece of strategic planning than a day on which thousands of scared young men found themselves staring death in the face. It is drawn in its entirety from the raw, unvarnished experiences of those who were there.

©2018 Giles Milton (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"Compellingly authentic, revelatory and beautifully written. A gripping tour de force." (Damien Lewis) 

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Classic Story-Troublesome narration

I am a great fan of Giles Miltons popular histories from Nathaniels Nutmeg (my personal favourite) on to the last (Churchills Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) . His take on the historic events is good and offers some new personal perspectives along with the more well known features of this immense operation and maintains a good narrative pace following the timeline (Not difficult for this subject!). Unfortunately I have to say the audiobook (shock and horror) is let down by the authors personal narration. With a cast of familiar characters from Ike downwards (Lord "Lov-it", Erwin Rommel, Teddy Roosevelt Jr, Douglas Reeman) my late friend Bill Gray of the Ox and Bucks LI.

Mr Milton stumbles distractingly in reading his own prose and uses two accents for all the characters (Allied and Axis), his own... and the slightly different "Astonished gor blimey geezer" for anyone, of any nationality- not of the officer class, which quickly becomes irritating and which, I am afraid, does the subject a disservice. A more considered, neutral or nuanced intonation; and better produced narration would have vastly improved this presentation.

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Spoiled a bit by the narrator

Didn't think much to the narrator, he tried to be dramatic but ended up just being annoying, would have done better with a proper actor. Apart from that really enjoyed it.

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History it isn’t

Sadly the worst book I have listened too for a very long time. Some of the individual accounts are clearly made up( if not all ).
Rings found in fields... Radio stations naming people on ships.. ( which means German spies actually transmitted details of crew from England.. complete fantasy)
Sadly if you knew nothing of D Day or the Second World War , you might thing it was a Rip roaring tale..
I think Giles needs to maybe just needs to write fiction.. but call it that , and not try and pass it off as fact.
If I could give it less I would.. also narrating a book is an art.. which he sadly lacks.

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shockingly bad

couldn't finish this book it was so bad the authors attempt to put words and thoughts of the soldiers involved was so irritating to listen to not recommended

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Excellent Book

so refreshing to read a WW2 book that includes what the British & Canadians did and realise it wasn't all the American Hollywood mob! excellently written with plenty of detail of British & Canadian operations, with personal accounts and stories. well narrated if a little over emphasis that all Brits speak with a cockney accent. would highly recommend this listen/book

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graphic and informative

it was a very informative and ultimately brutally graphic telling of an oft glamourised event.

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Incredible

I have listened to many WWII books, including ones told by the soldiers however this is the pinnacle of them all. This isn't a book that is simply filled with small stories but one that flows throughout making each chapter relevant to the previous. Highly reccomend this book.

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Really realistic no punches pulled

This book has all the information that you would want dates details and stats along with a personal view of the
Battle. Excellent read and would most certainly help a student of the era.

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Very good

Thank you for such a well written book the telling of the story was very good

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Good details of what happened that day. We all know the story but it’s brought to life here.

The guys voice takes a bit of getting used to but he does a fair job of telling of this epic day.