Try an audiobook on us

Dunkirk

Fight to the Last Man
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (138 ratings)
£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Dunkirk by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, read by Roy McMillan.

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk.

Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings, who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades, and Captain Marcus Ervine-Andrews VC, who single-handedly held back a German attack on the Dunkirk perimeter, thereby allowing the British line to form up behind him. Told to stand and fight to the last man, these brave few battalions fought in whatever manner they could to buy precious time for the evacuation. Outnumbered and outgunned, they launched spectacular and heroic attacks time and again, despite ferocious fighting and the knowledge that for many only capture or death would end their struggle.

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore was a barrister before becoming a journalist and then an author. He wrote the best-selling Enigma: The Battle for the Code. One of his ancestors was evacuated from Dunkirk.

©2007 Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic reviews

"A searing story...both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers." (Tim Gardam, The Times)
"Sebag-Montefiore tells [the story] with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence." (Richard Ovary, The Telegraph)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    112
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    106
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    105
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent. Only one issue

During the start of the book they make clear that the print book provides maps and you should.purchase it to help.follow the story...Why can't they be provided as PDF documents that you can download?

Other than that, absolutely stunning detail and great narration

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant

Great narrative flows with the small incidents and individual stories creating the very real drama and tragedy of the fall of France and the 'miracle' of Dunkirk. Wonderfully narrated

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Gripping and fascinating

Detailed, but also with a gripping narrative. Tinged with blood, valour and tragedy. Highly recommend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Great read

Great book tells the whole story warts and all. Lots of brave men ! Very graphic in places..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Beats the film hands down

Fascinating, informative, well written and read. I would say essential reading, or listening, for anyone even remotely interested in the period.
Clearly, war can bring out the worst and the best in people but this story of so concentrated and violent turns of fortune brings it all into sharp focus.
Highly recommended.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Exceptional narration of important history

An epic story that reveals the abject horrors of the British Expeditionary Force in Northern Europe. Very insightful. The narrator is exceptional. Possibly the best I’ve heard on Audible.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dunkirk

This is very well researched and written book. At over 21 hours it may seem a little daunting, but I was engrossed from start to finish. The book provides the history of the Dunkirk evacuation and the stories of the young men involved. I also highly recommend ‘The Somme’ by the same author.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very good book tells the story from another side.

Really goes into depth about a topic usually brushed over ,i highly recomend it .

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very insightful, damning and real.

In this book the laughs and heartfelt anecdotes are refreshing and remind us of the incredible feats of those fighting tooth and nail. With personal stories, detailed and vivid recollections a plenty this book has a wonderful personal touch - but is still intermittently sprinkled with the brash, cold realities of the Nazi powers. Those with a sensitice disposition to violence, gore and death should take note.

Would receive 5 stars for performance if not for some un-translated phrases. Otherwise - Absolutely amazing.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good

Some of the accents put on by the narrator were a little suspect, but overall a really enjoyable listen